the following was an email i sent to the entire school this morning initiating a haiku contest…
Win prizes and literary fame in the PFHSÂ Staff Haiku Contest!
Well, maybe not literary fame, but hey – prizes! Bragging rights!
I write haiku to keep from going insane. I keep a notebook with me in my backpack where I write my haiku as a way to keep my cool in the face of adversity and frustration (read: students and school politics, etc.). It’s a quick, fun, and easy little trick that I can do right in the classroom as I catch my breath, grind my teeth, and try to keep my hands from grabbing someone’s throat.
What Is Haiku:
Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry that consists of 17 total syllables split into three lines with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the 2nd line, and 5 syllables in the third line. This is a simplified explanation of something that can easily be Googled, but for the purpose of this contest, the above makes sense, right?
Last Friday was a bad day for me. 2/3 of the way through the day, I wrote the following haiku:
(5 syllables) Thank God it’s Friday?
(7 syllables) Hah! I laugh with contempt and
(5 syllables) Write mass referrals.
I write haiku when good things happen, too. The following examples include both good and not so good:
My boss, Frank Murphy
The best principal on earth!
Keep my job next year?
Awful Seventh class!
Rust stuck it to them, and how!
No compassion here.
Valentine’s Day is
anniversary of our
agreement to wed!
A friend of mine also writes haiku and we sometimesÂ email each other with them:
The stone we do roll…
A task so Sisyphean…
Whiskey’s the answer!Â
And now, The Contest:
Be creative! Write some haiku! They can be funny, serious, concerned, worried, angry – whatever tone you want them to have! The only rules are:
1. Be sure to stay within the confines of 17 syllables broken into a 5-7-5 pattern.
2. Make your haiku school-related.
3. Submit as many haiku as you want!
Submit / email your school related haiku to me before the end of business Thursday (February 26) and myÂ distinguished panel of judges and I will award prizes for the top three haiku, and several honorable mentions.
The Prizes (see attached picture for each item in all its glory):
1st place will receive a packÂ of six handyÂ Office Door Hangers with messages like: Out To Lunch (and short a sandwich); Meeting In Progress (the practical alternative to work); Bad Day In Progress (enter at your own risk); and three others! Use these door hangers to warn students and staff of your current disposition!
2nd place will receive Nunzilla! This fire-breathing wind-up sisterÂ trudges straight out of a Catholic school student’s nightmare like a determined disciplnary force, with green eyesÂ blazing and sparks flying from her mouth!
3rd place will receive a lightly used Continental Airlines Barf Bag / Seat Occupied sign.
Honorable Mentions will receive a strand of Mardi Gras beads caught and harvested this past Saturday morning on the streets of downtown Pensacola.
Go ye therefore and write!
so far? the entries are quite good!