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A Haiku For You

We don’t mean to seem immodest here, but our emails are pretty awesome. Wouldn’t you agree?

This month, we’re inviting you to help us write them. Here’s the contest: Write a haiku poem for one (or all) of these four products. If we pick your poem, you’ll be featured in an upcoming email and win the item you extolled! Read on for the rules and details:

Periodic Table Building Blocks: These 20 toy blocks contain the entire periodic table– every known element in the universe. Pretty deep, right?

Tipping Tea Cup: Tipping back and forth to brew your tea, this cup sure has some poetic rhythm.

Stump Ring: Is there anything more symbolic than your true love’s initials carved into the trunk of a tree?

Recycled Glass Owl Night Light: Our night owl’s eyes seem to gaze right into your soul.

The Rules

  • Your poem must be a haiku. What does that mean? Glad you asked! Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry with a rich and storied past, but we’re going to simplify the rules for the sake of good fun. Your poem must be contain 17 syllables: 5 on the first line, 7 on the second, and 5 on the third.

    Here’s an example that Marisa wrote for our soup & sandwich tray:

    “I love you, Grilled Cheese”
    “And I you, Tomato Soup”
    -Doomed never to touch


  • You can write one poem for each of the four products.
  • Leave your haiku(s) in the comments below.
  • By submitting a poem, you’re giving us permission to post your name and haiku poem throughout our site, social networks, emails and maybe even catalog!
  • Deadline to enter: March 2
  • Fan us on Facebook. We’ll be posting contest updates along the way, and expect to see some fun poetry gracing our wall soon!
  • We’ll announce the winner(s) by March 20, 2012. Each winning poet will receive the product they best objectified in their haiku.
  • Questions?

    Ok, go. We can’t wait to see your creative poetry!

    Written by julia

    Julia is the Community Outreach Manager.

    135 Comments

    1. YapDaddy

      A ring a-ding-ding
      Lovely prize, Uncommon Goods
      Stumped, I stop right here
      ———————–

      But soft, what light breaks
      You can be scared of the dark
      Owl night light for you
      ————————

      It is a puzzle
      I forgot my A-B-C’s
      Try alphabet blocks
      ————————

      A hot cup of tea
      Tipping cup sits happily
      Earl Grey tastes better

    2. kate

      an ode to the stump
      a ring of love eternal
      our names together

      elements of life
      just how is it that you all
      fit on a table?

      sir owl so bright
      you make it all right when i
      have to pee at night

    3. patricia phillips

      Haiku Contest

      1) Blocks Haiku

      Twenty blocks to play,
      Iron (Fe) and Magnesium (Mg),
      How smart I will be!

      2)Tea Cup Haiku

      Sip, sip. Black or white
      tea cups that parade as art.
      Dare I steep some tea?

      3) Ring

      Always in my heart
      Forever my true love is.
      PP + PV.

      4)Owl Light

      Recycled glass made
      I will always be lighting
      up your darkest nights.

    4. Eric Brauer

      1. Blocks:
      Building with science
      Atomic Entertainment
      Elementary
      2. Tea Cups:
      Rock me a hot cup
      Tipsily tipping tea time
      The best brew ever
      3. Owl Light:
      Glowing in the night
      Reminds me I’m not alone
      Please watch over me
      4. Ring:
      Think we should do it?
      It’s the old man’s favorite tree!
      What’s your name again?

    5. Maria Kelly

      Ode to stump ring:
      Trees grow big with time
      Like our love for each other
      Wear this to remind

    6. Michael

      FOR OWL NIGHT LIGHT

      Nightmare predator
      A light of recycled glass
      Protects kids at night

    7. Erin Elliott

      Darkness brings you fright?
      Hooo will light the night for you?
      Owl do it with style.

      Yeah, yeah…puns intended!

    8. Amy Lewis

      owl night light:

      Hoo hoo would not like
      a light of glass now used twice
      big eyes your beacon

    9. Amy Bracewell

      building blocks of life
      growing atom by atom
      contemplate the world

      late night companion
      enlightening the darkness
      keeping watch for you

      centuries of ilfe
      a witness to professed love
      a woody romance

      peace in every sip
      rocking the goodness of life
      breath in, wait, breath out

    10. Amy Bracewell

      tea cups:
      peace in every sip
      rocking the goodness of life
      breath in, wait, breath out

    11. Leah Blevins

      Owl nightlight

      Silently watching
      Gently glow to light my path
      Little owl of night.

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    13. Colleen Ferguson

      Minerals, gases
      All universal symbols
      Elementary.

      A moment alone
      Hot chamomile in a cup
      Tea tilted, not stirred.

      Whoo is it at night,
      Eyes shimmering with brightness?
      Owllumination.

      Carved in a tree stump
      Simple lettered devotion
      Declaring one’s love.

    14. Jody

      It’s hard to find educated people on this subject, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about!
      Thanks

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