Comment-a-Haiku Contest – Submit Your Poetry

haiku contest

Hope everyone had a great Halloween! The results of this October haiku contest will be posted 11/2!

Get ready for Vita Brevis‘ third comment-a-haiku contest! Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Submit one or two 5-7-5 haiku as a comment on this post (give them titles!) — all topics are welcome
  2. Reblog this post on your blog or write a post announcing that you’ve entered the competition, linking back here
  3. Give good feedback on other poets’ work! [This is what it’s really about–you’ll be receiving good feedback, so try to give it to others as well]

RewardHonestly, this is less about “winning” and more about meeting and communicating with other poets. But I will choose some honorable mentions, and I’ll officially publish the winning haiku on Vita Brevis (with a link to the poet’s blog). Not a bad deal!

When: Starting right now (10/18), ending Sunday night (10/21)

Results: I get a lot of comments on these–give me a few days to read them all over!

Questions? Use the Contact page–I’ll get back to you soon!

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So, go on–get writing, discussing, and have some fun!

242 thoughts

    1. What Brian said! I thought of Nietzsche, too. I love the use of “dusty” to connote the light of self-knowledge rather than the trope of “diamond in the rough” or gems that have yet to be uncovered.
      It’s as if you had an inkling of self-awareness at one time, then that knowledge was obfuscated by the ego, where most of us get “stuck,” and thus remain on “autopilot” throughout our lives, operating on a default setting of action and reaction, instead of conscious, proactive choice. Great haiku!

    1. James, this is a beautiful piece. I love the “spark/fire/love,” juxtaposed with “seed/blossom/grows.” It’s an excellent execution of the spirit and form of haiku, in my opinion, which is just that–a subjective take on your words.

      The word “unrushed” before fire tempers the passion of that “spark” and is a beautifully smooth segue to the way love, like a planted seed grows. Yet, “sparks” are lightening-fast, brief, but interestingly, “blossoms” can, and do, depending on the age of the flower or bush or tree, open and bloom overnight or with the morning sun.

      The levels within this piece are wonderful. Thank you for sharing with us.

  1. HAIKU BALLAD #2 by Susan Mehr

    Mind sits and wonders,
    Emptiness erupts inside,
    Living life alone.

    Fragile walls break down,
    tsunami of tears follows,
    Loneliness returns.

    Worthy cause I’m not,
    Angel wings stretch out for flight,
    Rogue feather finds me.

    Head turns, Angel winks,
    Hope blossoms, excites my heart,
    Thanks for priceless gifts.

  2. I am so excited you are doing this again. So much Beautiful Haiku to read!!!

    Here are my contributions.

    Grief (part 1)

    Torn by emptiness
    My breath falters in silence
    The taste of light fades

    Grief (part 2)

    I sink into grief
    Weave it into my bruised skin
    The sun turns to ash

        1. My pleasure. Over the years we have adopted 4 wild American Mustang yearlings. Once you earn their trust they are incredible horses. My wife has trained horses over 40 years. We would ground train them, socialize them and rehome them to good homes at no charge. We now have two horses, a quarterhorse mare and a.miniature stallion, plus 8 rescue dogs ☺

  3. Reblogged this on Today from the Man Shed and commented:
    As with the written word
    Indeed is gratifying
    Kinetic energy, motion of hand and pen
    Unfolded, yields an acrostic poem.

  4. I’m finally getting a chance to add mine. I learned a group of vultures in flight is called a kettle. 🙂 I’ll be back to read more later.


    kettle of vultures,
    feathered wings circle blue skies—
    life following death

        1. I suppose if you are there it would be a different perspective. Vultures would scare me anytime, I jump when I see ants….

  5. The moon sailing free–
    hare pauses in the forest,
    listening for light.

    I have to credit Jane Dougherty for her hare and moon images as inspiration for this one. (K)

  6. Once again, we see the senses mixed and sifted together. Listening to light. I think our minds struggle to understand the mixing of senses. When our mind is on board and gets it, I think we start growing a few more brain synapses. So, most poets are brain whisperers. LOL

  7. A Haiku to show that non-violence succeeds:
    I heard this lady
    called Erica Chenoweth
    talked at TEDxBoulder
    eloquence of speech
    displays most brilliant research
    non-violence succeeds
    only five per cent
    can change a situation
    ever thought of that?
    she even ventures
    a much smaller percentage
    let’s listen to her
    please watch the video
    from minute 3:25
    to 6:25
    with minimum watch
    a feel of all words contained
    you’ll even see more
    flower of sunshine
    giver of hope to our hearts
    non-violence succeeds!
    See post, but especially, the video:

  8. Reblogged this on Everydayisuniqueforthevagabond and commented:
    We the sea and sand,
    you the sun the sky and the wind,
    make us meet and greet.

    this is my first attempt at writing a Haiku.
    Kindly let me know your views!

    1. I think you have a 5/8/5. Traditional Haiku, involves 5/7/5 syllables.
      Maybe something like: you the sun, the sky, the wind,

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