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 YapDaddy March 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    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

  • Reply Lysa Price March 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    FOR THE STUMP RING:

    Trees bring life and love
    Silver is pure and beauty
    Growing love they form

  • Reply Chris Seckinger March 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    FOR THE STUMP RING:

    Rings of love circle
    Initials carved forever
    Forest of desire

  • Reply Justina March 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    FOR THE RING
    Romantic at heart?
    Unwilling to deface trees?
    A ring for your love.

  • Reply Melissa March 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    For Stump Ring:

    My heart on my hand
    I’m wrapped around her finger
    Our love, wrapped around mine

  • Reply Melissa March 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Correction because I can’t count:

    My heart on my hand
    I’m wrapped around her finger
    Our love, wrapped ’round mine

  • Reply Nancy Doell March 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    “Oh, stump of a ring!”
    “Sliver heart shape imprinted!”
    “Beauty UNCOMMON!”

  • Reply kate March 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    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

  • Reply kate March 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm

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

  • Reply joann March 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Fire, wind, water, earth
    are the elements I learned
    more for my baby

  • Reply Krista Thorson March 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    For the ring:
    Summer memories
    The whisper of a promise
    Love immortalized

  • Reply patricia phillips March 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    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.

  • Reply Eric Brauer March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    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?

  • Reply laurel hanson March 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    This tree made no sound
    Falling not but wrapped silver
    Adorning It’s love

  • Reply Angela Scoggins March 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Not a tree to carve,
    but a ring to show my love,
    for eternity.

  • Reply Maria Kelly March 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm

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

  • Reply Michael March 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    FOR OWL NIGHT LIGHT

    Nightmare predator
    A light of recycled glass
    Protects kids at night

  • Reply Jenn March 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    blocks:
    ABC’s Oh no,
    This baby is way too smart.
    Mendeleev, look out!

  • Reply Jenn March 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Tea cups:
    magic little cup
    no more dunking up and down
    my wrists say thank you

  • Reply Jenn March 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    night light:
    Wise one on my wall,
    Watching over sleeing babes
    Keeping night at bay

  • Reply Erin Elliott March 2, 2012 at 6:52 pm

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

    Yeah, yeah…puns intended!

  • Reply Amy Lewis March 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    owl night light:

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

  • Reply Amy Bracewell March 2, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    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

  • Reply Amy Bracewell March 2, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    night light:
    late night companion
    enlightening the darkness
    keeping watch for you

  • Reply Amy Bracewell March 2, 2012 at 11:36 pm

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

  • Reply Amy Bracewell March 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    blocks:
    building blocks of life
    growing atom by atom
    contemplate the world

  • Reply Amy Bracewell March 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    ring:
    centuries of ilfe
    a witness to professed love
    a woody romance

  • Reply Leah Blevins March 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Owl nightlight

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

  • Reply Kim Ladner March 4, 2012 at 6:52 am

    light my way owl friend
    my nocturnal wandering
    no more stubbing toe

  • Reply Rosei Goldsmith March 4, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Love takes many forms
    A ring, some blocks, and two cups
    A night owl keeps watch

  • Reply Colleen Plucinski March 5, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Tipsy tea for two
    Black and white tea I love you
    Steaming hot for you

  • Reply Winning Wordsmiths: Our Favorite Uncommon Haiku | UncommonGoods March 22, 2012 at 10:48 am

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  • Reply Colleen Ferguson November 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    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.

  • Reply kathleen March 1, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Eyes that will find you

    Piercing through the forest brush

    Owl watches me

  • Reply Jody April 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    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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  • Reply Sachin November 14, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Ring the phone for the calling totuldesprecarti

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  • Reply harish agarwal November 17, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Japanese poetry with a rich and storied past ysssh

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  • Reply Jesira November 17, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Simple lettered devotion
    Declaring one’s love. ysssh

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  • Reply shiguanyinger November 17, 2014 at 4:35 am

    haiku are traditionally ysssh printed

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