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 Kathy Voss February 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Silver is so strong
    Our love is even stronger
    My hand wears that love

  • Reply nicole francavilla February 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    What a neat tea cup
    Caffine is a must these days
    Tippie tea cup please

  • Reply nicole francavilla February 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    My love on a ring
    Tells them all that it is true
    Check to see your name

  • Reply Kathy Voss February 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Rocking to and fro
    I’ll make your tea perfectly
    Don’t microwave me!

  • Reply Elizabeth Tirona February 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    For the Owl:
    Watching over you
    With soft light and gentle “hoo”
    Friendly nighttime owl

  • Reply Emily February 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    blocks: lively in learning/what order shall they go in/chemistry expert teacups: tipping tea for three/sipping in silent wonder/philosophicals ring: names here for always/YOUR name written on my heart/I’m forever yours nightlight:hooting in the night/keep me safe from all bad things/sleep tight little owl

  • Reply Jennifer Zivkovic February 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Stump ring:

    A promise is carved
    Young hearts run wild together
    Love witnessed by tree

  • Reply Elizabeth Tirona February 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    For the Ring:
    Our love deeply carved
    Unchanging and eternal
    Like the rings of age

  • Reply Elizabeth Tirona February 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    For the Tea Cups:
    Perfect cup of tea
    Blending joy and uniqueness
    You won’t spill a drop

  • Reply Eve Schuyler February 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Eyes of the night glow
    Penetrating the darkness
    Save me from stubbed toes.

  • Reply Angela Picciotti February 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Ours is old school love
    Forever carved on this tree
    Also on my heart

    (For tree ring)

  • Reply Jen Toth February 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Tea leaves on my tongue
    diminish oolong’s power
    Cup that tips? Rejoice!

  • Reply Jeff Loquist February 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    She sits patiently
    Under the clear Autumn moon
    Waiting for her prey

    (for Recycled Glass Owl Night Light)

  • Reply Judy Johnson-Hille February 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Owl sits undisturbed
    Waiting alone for its time
    Click, it beams with joy!

  • Reply Zach Johnson February 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Periodic Blocks
    How I could have used you than
    Now you’re just for looks

  • Reply Scott February 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Elements in Mind
    Periodically Blocked
    It’s time to re-think

  • Reply Om Mama February 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Watchful & silent
    Protecting you through the night
    Sweet dreams, little friend

  • Reply Jessica Wilson February 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    fire, earth, air, water
    with these blocks you can build all
    elements they are

  • Reply cory biddick February 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Not a monster in sight,
    I tuck my sweet one in tight.
    New friend hoots, “Good Night!”

  • Reply Jenna February 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Oh these building blocks
    Full of scientific stuff
    My kid is nerdy

  • Reply Kiah Crowley February 28, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    For the ring:
    Our roots grower deeper,
    Intertwining together.
    Etched love still remains.

    Or

    Forever with love,
    Left behind for all to see-
    Your name next to mine!

  • Reply Nate Biddick February 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Uncommon tea cup
    swings and steeps and swings and steeps
    and you sip the goods.

  • Reply sarah February 29, 2012 at 6:57 am

    theres just you and me
    our initials on a tree
    silver memories

    rocking back and forth
    like the waves water comes from
    but better tasting

    element blocks rock
    you will learn so much from blocks
    so will your enfant

    owl cannot sleep
    he will keep his eyes on me
    night light in his tree

  • Reply sarah February 29, 2012 at 7:01 am

    sorry about the above, i had them spaced^
    the first 3 lines are for the tree ring, the 3 after are for the tipping tea cups, the 3 after that are the periodic table blocks and the last 3 lines are for the night light!

  • Reply sarah February 29, 2012 at 7:13 am

    for the ring
    young love there forever
    longer than the love itself
    what real love feels like
    for the tea
    to steep or not to
    to get up or sleep all day
    ill have fun tea thanks
    for the blocks
    blocks for tiny tots
    yes indeed they will learn lots
    all the elements
    for the night light
    staying up at night?
    “worry not” said the light
    then she took to flight

  • Reply Kaleb February 29, 2012 at 8:35 am

    For Stump Ring:

    These initials are
    Immortalized etchings
    Symbol of my love

  • Reply Kaleb February 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Tea Cups

    Pure white, darkest night
    Ambrosia receptacle
    Tipsy cups of tea

  • Reply Kaleb February 29, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Owl Night Light

    Guardian of night
    Watch over little ones with
    Phosphorescent warmth

  • Reply Angela Nguyen February 29, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Our names carved in wood
    Will it be there forever?
    It will on our hand.

  • Reply Kylie February 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    The basics of life
    Constructing your own compounds
    Periodically

    Would you like some tea?
    Do I reside in a tree?
    Never mind, it’s free

    Initials engraved
    with lasting significance
    in light of our love

    My luster’s so bright
    Having no fear of the night
    Wait, hoo goes there?

  • Reply Stephanie February 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Owl Night Light

    Rest Your Pretty Head
    Protected By His Light…HOO!?
    Specter In The Night

  • Reply Kate February 29, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Chemistry blocks:
    Your little Einstein
    Finds keys to the universe
    Or plays Godzilla

  • Reply Efrem February 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    The Periodic
    Table of The Elements
    help me to smell smart.

    Our initials are
    forever immortalized.
    Please don’t change your name.

    It looks like my cup
    is sinking into the floor.
    Is that a good thing?

    I don’t own a gun.
    Good thing I have a night light
    with an owl design.

  • Reply Kate February 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Tipping teacup:

    Steep left and steep right
    In the day or in the night
    Tippy tippy tip

  • Reply jenny February 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Hoo! Hoo! Turn me on,
    A color star for tonight
    To follow back home.

  • Reply Jessica Hendricks February 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Playtime Love Story
    He asks for her electron
    Toddler Chemistry

  • Reply Amanda Griswold February 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    A child learning fun,
    An adult learning chemistry,
    Elements align

    Trees show time with rings
    Our love with weather times trials
    This rings shows my love

    The tea connoisseur
    Knows the best way to brew is
    Found in a see-saw

    The eyes of an owl
    Give light to your darkest night
    Allowing for sight

  • Reply Anna J. February 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    FOR THE STUMP RING:
    with this ring i say
    love you in a special way
    wear it every day

    FOR THE TIPPING TEA CUP:
    tipping all about
    brew your tea just right for you
    YUM! just shout it out

  • Reply Kat McNally February 29, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Just add hot water:
    once you reach the tipping point
    you’ll taste perfection

    I give you this ring:
    I may be stumped for words but
    the heart says it all

    illuminated
    glassy gaze of gwdihw,*
    guard my sleeping soul

    * Welsh for owl, pronounced “goodihoo”

  • Reply Kiah Crowley March 1, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I misspelled on my first post! Sorry!!

    For the ring:
    Our roots grow deeper,
    Intertwining together.
    Etched love still remains.

    Or

    Forever with love,
    Left behind for all to see-
    Your name next to mine!

  • Reply S E B March 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

    (for the Stump Ring)

    Could not love you more
    Than nature fills my heart, but
    I will try always

  • Reply Anne Delling March 1, 2012 at 11:24 am

    oh how many rings
    can this tree proudly possess
    spirit embracing love

  • Reply Laura Griswold March 1, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Sneeking to the spot
    Where our true love can not rot
    Kiss me under trees

  • Reply Laura Griswold March 1, 2012 at 11:29 am

    ( mine is for the ring)

  • Reply Lisa Ward March 1, 2012 at 11:44 am

    argon, what a gas!
    blocks. as much fun to stack
    as they are to learn

    initiated kiss
    now sealed in sterling silver
    this means forever

    a simple tip to steep
    toppled over when you’re ready
    perfect tea each time

    glass re-made me strong
    the night doesn’t frighten me
    owl keep you safe, sleep.

  • Reply Lisa Ward March 1, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Just doesn’t read right when they aren’t separated:
    glass re-made me strong
    the night doesn’t frighten me
    owl keep you safe, sleep.

  • Reply Lisa Ward March 1, 2012 at 11:48 am

    a simple tip to steep
    toppled over when you’re ready
    perfect tea each time

  • Reply Lisa Ward March 1, 2012 at 11:48 am

    argon, what a gas!
    blocks. as much fun to stack
    as they are to learn

  • Reply Lisa Ward March 1, 2012 at 11:48 am

    initiated kiss
    now sealed in sterling silver
    this means forever

  • Reply Kelsey Therkildsen March 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    For the Stump Ring:

    L H and P R
    Choose your true love with great care.
    It can’t be returned.

    For the Blocks:

    Purples, pinks, and blues
    Somehow make gold and silver.
    Bi them all today.

    For the Teacup:

    Leaves tell the future
    You will enjoy every cup.
    Tea bags also work.

    For the Nightlight:

    Perched in an outlet
    The owl wisely watches.
    Each item varies.

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