The Uncommon Life

A Haiku For You

February 17, 2012

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!

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    145 Comments

  • Reply Meagan Bagley February 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Elemental intrigue,
    Blocks adorned with building blocks,
    Scientific life.

  • Reply Camilla February 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Teach Mini Genius.
    Manganese. White. Twenty-Five.
    Periodic blocks.

    Carved in a short stump.
    Initials scar the tree bark,
    Leaving marks of love.

    Whooooooo watches over
    Your sleeping child, tucked in tight?
    With glowing eyes…me.

  • Reply Camilla February 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Whoops. Sorry. I didn’t realize it would take out my [returns]. Here you go…

    For the periodic table blocks:
    Teach Mini Genius.
    Manganese. White. Twenty-Five.
    Periodic blocks.

  • Reply Camilla February 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    For the stump ring:
    Carved in a short stump.
    Initials scar the tree bark,
    Leaving marks of love.

  • Reply Camilla February 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    For the owl night light:
    Whooooooo watches over
    Your sleeping child, tucked in tight?
    With glowing eyes…me.

  • Reply Lisa Zeitz February 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Periodic love,
    Carved for all eternity,
    Howling pleasure steeps.

  • Reply Kasia Cylc February 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Scared of the dark so
    The owl has a peaceful life
    Light me owl in my sad time

  • Reply Kasia Cylc February 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    B loves K is carved
    The tree will live forevermore
    Love lost hell but tree is there

  • Reply Kasia Cylc February 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Back to destruction
    Orange blocks haunt again
    Love lost is torment

  • Reply Kasia Cylc February 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Love is enchantment
    The throb of it is damage
    Tea calms agony

  • Reply Daniela Lombardo February 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    tilting tea cups:

    Tilting tea tumbles
    sipping slowly, a smile
    Snuggle as I sip

  • Reply Daniela Lombardo February 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Stump Ring:

    The old mighty oak
    holds a memory of love
    Always, love ingrained

  • Reply Amy February 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    For the periodic blocks (from geek mother to geek baby)….

    Look at our new toys!
    helping you to grow up right…
    don’t drool on the blocks!!

  • Reply Amanda February 18, 2012 at 12:13 am

    For the elemental blocks:

    Flourine Uranium Nitrogen – Carbon Uranium Boron Einsteinium – Sulfur Helium – Tungsten Hydrogen Iodine Sulfure Phospherous Erbium Sulfur

    Yitrium Oxygen Uranium Thorium – Phosphorous Lanthanum Yitrium – Tungsten Iodine Thorium – Boron Arsenic Iodine Carbon Sulfur – Oxygen Flourine – Lithium Irone

    Carbon Rhenium Astatine Electron – Germanium Nickel Uranium Sulfur Einsteinium

    Yes! That’s a haiku! Here it is translated into the elemental symbols.

    “FUN CUBEs,” SHe WHISPErS.
    YOUTh PLaY WITh BAsICS OF LiFe.
    CReAte GeNiUSEs!

  • Reply Amanda February 18, 2012 at 12:28 am

    For the ring:
    Carved names will not fade
    Rings reveal a tree’s true age
    Thus our love cannot halt

  • Reply Amanda February 18, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Whoops. The last poem wasn’t a haiku. Here it is, fixed:

    For the ring:
    Carved names will not fade
    Rings reveal a tree’s true age
    Our love cannot halt.

  • Reply Amanda February 18, 2012 at 12:32 am

    For the Owl Nightlight:
    Afraid of the dark?
    So was I! But no longer!
    Owl protects me

  • Reply Karen February 18, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Building blocks:
    Ah! Fun building blocks!
    What? Elements of surprise!
    Pure genius, this is.

  • Reply Raj K. Bose February 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Periodic Table Building Blocks:

    With just twenty blocks
    Creating the universe
    It’s pure chemistry !

    Tipping Tea Cup:

    Tipsy drinking cups?
    For confirmed tea totalers
    Who read their tea leaves

    Stump Ring:

    This ring that I wear
    My love and faith I declare
    All for you my dear!

    Recycled Glass Owl Night Light:

    Illuminating!
    Profound wisdom etched in glass
    Will you give a hoot ?

  • Reply Karen February 20, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Tea cups:

    Hot water and tea:
    once separate, now entwined.
    Graceful harmony.

  • Reply Karen February 20, 2012 at 6:22 am

    For the stump ring:
    How do I love thee?
    My heart is stumped no longer.
    Engraved forever.

  • Reply Karen February 20, 2012 at 11:42 am

    As submitted by my 14 year old son, Austin for the owl nightlight:
    You will light the night
    and watch over me with might,
    owl that loves the night.

  • Reply Kelly Tierney February 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Stump Ring:
    Always you plus me,
    Rings show the age of a tree,
    Our love is ageless.

  • Reply Ariel February 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I agree – your emails are SO awesome. I work in email marketing and subscribe to your emails for inspiration – you are really the best of the best for good email design and copy!

    My haiku for the tipping teacups:
    Put leaves in one side
    Hot water in the other
    It’s a cup of tea

  • Reply alisa niki February 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    tea cups:

    Quench your thirst for tea
    A special cup created
    Just for me and you

  • Reply Courtney S-W February 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Light the night, owl light..
    Let the room feel me with warmth..
    Light the night, owl light.

  • Reply alisa niki February 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    for the ring:

    Love etched on a ring
    Naturally sweet signs shown
    For the world to see

  • Reply Courtney S-W February 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Initial my heart with love..
    With this ring, I put noone above..
    Intial my heart with love..

  • Reply Courtney S-W February 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Tea and crumpets are good..
    Stir it and sip makes my day..
    Good conversation shared with friends..

  • Reply Courtney S-W February 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Block by block I build…
    The Periodic Table consists of everyone’s life..
    Compacted just like an atom..

  • Reply alisa niki February 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Periodic Table blocks:

    Build a strong smart mind
    Science captured on wood blocks
    Positive brilliance

  • Reply alisa niki February 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Owl Night Light:

    Owl as my night guide
    Leading the way through the room
    Soft and gently flies

  • Reply julia February 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    @Ariel Thanks for the feedback! Everyone else: Oh my, we’re completely overwhelmed by your creativity! Keep them coming! This contest runs until March 2! I’m using a lot of exclamation points today, aren’t I!

  • Reply twan February 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    The rings of our tree
    like a fingerprint in time
    carved in my heart.

  • Reply twan February 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    How long i could spend
    playing with the actual
    building blocks of life

  • Reply twan February 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Don’t play with your food
    My mother always told me.
    Tea? Different thing.

  • Reply Adrienne February 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Periodic Blocks:

    Stack them two by two
    My tower of elements 
    A grown child am I

  • Reply Adrienne February 25, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Tree Stump Ring

    My love is engraved
    A wooden ring of metal
    Embraces your heart

  • Reply Adrienne February 25, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Tipping Tea Cup

    A cup to brew tea
    Loose tea only- dump the bag
    Just tip me and drink!

  • Reply Adrienne February 25, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Owl Night Light:
    Who who do I see?
    It’s no longer dark for you
    No need to thank me!

  • Reply Robert James February 27, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Teacups:
    I’m in the kitchen
    making tea and watching birds
    who must think it’s spring.

  • Reply Kelly Brooks February 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    For the owl nightlight:

    Oh, wise one who hoots
    Light the pathway to the truth.
    Or to the bathroom.

  • Reply Darla DeNyse February 27, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    For the stump ring

    Tree mighty and tall
    Deep grows the roots in the earth
    What a stable life

  • Reply Darla DeNyse February 28, 2012 at 12:05 am

    For the owl night light

    Strong owl perched on branch
    Your wisdom shines so brightly
    Show us all the way

  • Reply Darla DeNyse February 28, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Building blocks of life
    Putting this world together
    Making us all whole

  • Reply Darla DeNyse February 28, 2012 at 12:14 am

    For the periodic table building blocks
    Square pieces of life
    Putting this world together
    Making us all whole

  • Reply Joanna Nelms February 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

    from Argon to Zinc
    wooden chunks of chemistry
    it’s elemental

  • Reply nicole francavilla February 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Oh fluffy owl… Light the way through the dark night… happy in your tree.

  • Reply Kathy Voss February 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Little owl of night
    Whoooo are you watching over?
    Thank you for your light

  • Reply Kathy Voss February 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Tower you see here?
    She builded me with science!
    Is builded a word?

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