Winning Wordsmiths: Our Favorite Uncommon Haiku
When we announced our haiku contest, we knew our clever readers would present some great poetry, but we were blown away by the number (more than 250!) of uncommonly creative submissions we received!
The winners earned spots in our most recent email and took home the products they praised in their 17-syllable poems. Only one poet could win in each category, but we’re pleased to share some amusing honorable mentions.
We’re glad MaryAnne Kate took a moment to show off her haiku skills, even though she wasn’t interested in any of the prizes!
We also received this haiku by Carol Thurman after the contest.
Love Uncommon Goods
Always worth a second look
I missed the contest?!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We’re sorry to hear that Carol didn’t know about the contest. As you can see, she definitely has haiku skills! But, you never know, she may get another chance. We had so much fun reading everyone’s haiku, we might just have to hold another contest in the future.
As bloggers for The Goods, we also got a chuckle out of Nate Biddick’s clever name drop in his poem about the Tipping Teacups.
Uncommon tea cup
swings and steeps and swings and steeps
and you sip the goods.
And Diana McCartney’s haiku made us thirsty.
One cup black or white.
Hot, green, black or chamomile.
I like mine at night.
But Reanna Reiner took the prize by making us long for tea time.
While Reanna will have a new cup at her table the next time she sits down for tea, the winner of a new set of building blocks, Amanda Francis, is enjoying another table. She submitted this very uncommon entry:
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!” She explained. “Here it is translated into the elemental symbols:”
The last line of Amanda’s haiku is quite encouraging, but some folks chose to end their poems with punchlines. Kelly Brooks’ Owl Nightlight haiku started deep, but made us laugh in the end.
Oh, wise one who hoots
Light the pathway to the truth.
Or to the bathroom.
And Eve Schuyler’s winning words made us thankful for safe, well-lit walkways.
We also received some humorous entries for the coveted Stump Ring, but many poets took the sentimental route.
Farida Doblado’s rhyming haiku might also work as pop love song.
This stump may not grow
But my love for you does so
This I always know…
And Darla DeNyse’s haiku captures why the ring makes a great gift for a loved one.
Tree mighty and tall
Deep grows the roots in the earth
What a stable life
But Kat McNally’s winning haiku really captures what this beautiful design is all about.
Kat’s salute to the Stump Ring and the other winning haiku are just a few of the clever poems featured in our latest email. You can click here to read a variety of verses, or sign-up to have our uncommon emails sent right to your inbox.