Rentschler Library’s annual haiku contest runs through Friday, April 24th. Enter a haiku to gain immortality (kind of). Haikus must be your own creation and must stick to the 5-7-5 rule (5 syllables on the first line, 7 syllables on the second, and 5 again on the final line).
Here’s an example from the 17th C. Japanese master Matsuo Bashō
In the twilight rain
these brilliant-hued hibiscus –
A lovely sunset
You can enter your haiku online via the link above, or stop by the library’s haiku display and fill out a paper form. Our display features some of the great haikus we’ve received over the years. (At least we think they’re great!) We also have some haiku books if you want to learn more about this poetic form and see some great examples from classic Japanese masters and modern American haiku poets.