Ever flip a log and watch cockroaches scurry away? Have you watched a bumble bee buzz a flower? Did you open your flour, intending to bake bread, only to discover it’s infested with tiny beetles? These moments are perfect inspirations for writing a haiku. You may have learned this form of poetry as three lines: the first with five syllables, the middle with seven syllables, and the last with five syllables. It’s a classic vehicle for teaching kids the basics of word structure. Haiku can take almost any form, though, with respect to number of lines and syllables. A haiku is, in essence, a short poem that captures a moment, usually involving nature and with a bit of a twist.
We are restarting the Hexapod Haiku Challenge after an eight-year hiatus. Entering is easy! Simply write your haiku about insects (or spiders or millipedes or other related arthropods) and then email your submission to email@example.com by May 15th at 11:59pm. Don’t forget to tell us whether the poet qualifies for the 12 and under or Grown up (older than 12) category. Send as many as you want!
Need inspiration? Head outside to a patch of flowers and watch patiently. Or find a spider and watch her spin a web. Patient observation of a porch light might just bring in some beautiful moths.
Winners will be selected soon thereafter and their haiku shared on our blog, and awards will be given to the top poets. We can’t wait to read your haiku!
rest easy, my soot-broom