5-7-5: Summer Haiku Contest!

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Haiku are Japanese poems, composed syllabically, that were often created and recited on the spot to record a moment in very simple words. In groups of people, they were also recited as opening verses to long chains of poems (haikai no renga) in a sort of who-can-trump-who game, fashionable largely during Japan’s Edo Period. Matou Basho is one of the infamous poets of that period, and many people have probably heard the familiar:

Zangarmarsh lily pads.

Old pond (furuike ya)
A frog jumps (kawazu tobikomu)
The sound of water (mizu no oto)

Traditionally, as Basho’s poem exemplifies above, a haiku often captured scenes in nature (and contained at least one “season” word—a reference to spring or perhaps a mention of turning leaves) or a single upswelling of emotion, but the form has corrupted itself so much these days that you can end up with something like this:

If you were not a
raging bitch—I probably
would have banged you hard.

I love haiku. I love short bursts of trying to find the perfect word to describe an entire feeling, which was obviously easier to do in Japanese than it is in English. Starting Sunday, June 1st and ending June 15th, Unbearably HoT will be accepting some “nature” themed haikus of your own to kick off the start of summer—and they’ve got to be druid related.

The Rules:

  1. No more than three submissions per individual. Make them good, yo, and please try to submit them all on the same form.
  2. Each haiku must be druid themed in some fashion. Can you reference whatever the hell else you want? Absolutely.
  3. Please spellcheck.
  4. Each haiku must follow the traditional format of 5 syllables per line 1, 7 syllables per line 2 and another 5 syllables for line 3.
  5. You must leave a valid e-mail address, player name and realm to be considered. Be aware that if you win and you’d like the prize, you’ll also have to drop your address.

How to Submit:

It’s not hard! Go to the Contact page. Use Summer Contest as the subject line, fill out the pertinent information as detailed in “The Rules”, and type your haikus into the “Your Message” box. Additionally, make sure you check off the “I allow the contents of this message to be disclosed” box.

What you Win:

The top five haiku will be published on Unbearably HoT along with your name and realm—if they’re especially awesome, I might throw up a few more. The best haiku will receive a surprise Gift Card and a sweet banner to throw up as a forum sig.

As a final note, remember that by checking the disclosure box on the Contact page, you relinquish some rights to your work and allow it to be published on www.unbearably.net. In the event that you would like your entry removed from the site, however, contact me and it will be removed immediately. While I’d love to feature it, your intellectual property ultimately belongs to you, and your wishes will be respected.

Rustle some leaves, stir some paws and start writing! I totally look forward to reading some clever wordsmithing.