April is National Poetry Month, so we’re celebrating with a haiku contest. Simply write a haiku about running – what you love about it, how it makes you feel, how you Run Happy – and send it to us by April 22. We’ll pick our five favorite haiku and award a pair of Brooks shoes to the writers.
What’s a haiku? At its simplest, it’s a three-line poem with a 5-7-5 syllable count. But poet Isaac Cates from the University of Vermont has some additional tips:
A good traditional haiku is about more than the syllable count. The poem should evoke a single moment in time, and the images in the poem should be tied to the calendar of the seasons in a way that makes clear when it’s taking place in the natural cycle. The end effect of the poem should be a sort of moment of silence afterwards in which the reader goes “ah.”
Of course, there are also “joke” haiku in contemporary America that have nothing to do with being good haiku or good poems … I’m not sure how you feel about those!
Isaac, we’re pretty open-minded about haiku here – so humor is fine with us. Though we’re sticklers for 5-7-5.
In addition to a pair of Brooks shoes, the winning poets will be published on the Brooks Blog and hailed as heroes.
It’s easy to enter – just send your best haiku, along with your name, address, and shoe name, size, and color to firstname.lastname@example.org. But don’t wait too long for inspiration to strike – entries must be received no later than April 22, 2011.
misty morning run
silent but for the sound of