Last year we started our annual SPECULATIVE FICTION HAIKU CONTEST! Now it’s time for round two. Anyone can do this!
As a reminder, here are the rules:
For haiku, the typical subject matter is nature, but if you decide to be traditional, you must give it a fantasy, science fiction, or horror twist. We expect to be told that the peaceful wind you describe is blowing across a landscape of an unfamiliar, distant planet. And if your poem is about a flower, we hope that elegant little touch of beauty is about to be trampled by an Orc. We welcome the sublime as well as the humorous, the pedestrian along with the momentous.
Though you may use the traditional three-line haiku following a 5-7-5 syllable pattern, feel free to break that pattern. Many poets who write English haiku adhere to other expectations:
- Written in three lines, though sometimes in two or four lines
- Often offers a juxtaposition of two images or ideas
- Doesn’t rhyme
- Often uses a season-term or a word/phrase that implies a time of year
- Employs compressed, objective, descriptive language
- Often divided in two parts (the break usually comes at the end of the first line, the middle of the second line, or the end of the second line).
As inspiration, here are a few from last year:
Perched on sandy bluffs
A Fremen thumper pulsates
Tower of glass
the rainbow reflects:
dark remains the heart
a meddlesome god
sows nightmares in childhood dreams
meesa jar jar binks
You may write as many haiku as you like.
A new Star Wars film…
With bated breath, I am now…
To use Yoda speak.
The android sneezes —
an unexpected surprise.
“I have allergies?”
This made me giggle. I like it :)
Thanks! :D Made myself laugh with that one, to be honest.
Sleeping forest waits;
Snowflakes dust evergreen boughs;
The elm walks away.
A wolf howls off-key;
His pack pauses, horrified;
The crow laughs out loud.
Though I only see
my own footprints, yet I know,
it still follows me.
Thanks! I loved the second line of yours, though. :-)
This forgotten land
Was this how Eden ended?
We advance to steel.
Wherever I go
Worlds of metal or red soil
I long to come home.
Nicole, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks, or aFanLit T-shirt (please include preferred size).
Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!