A few years ago, the Woodworker’s Journal eZine ran a woodworking poetry contest. The response, frankly, was flabbergasting. It turns out that a lot of eZine faithful are poets — and boy, do you know it.
As a result of that overwhelming response to our last poetry contest, we decided that, the next time we approached this subject, we needed to up the ante a little. Just like you move on to more challenging projects in the shop, we needed to give your wordsmithing skills a workout.
So, as you may have guessed, it’s time for another poetry contest, and this time [drum roll, please]: it’s haiku!
That’s right. To submit your poem (within the next two weeks, please) to this eZine contest, it must a) be about woodworking and b) be in the form of a haiku. That’s three lines, with five, seven, then five syllables. You can see the form in this stellar example:
Woodworking is fun,
So say you: can you say it
in a true haiku?
Are your poetry juices flowing yet? If they are, submit your haiku via the eZine feedback links, and you’ll be in the running for three great prizes! (Winners will be determined through the literary discernment of the WJ staff — rest assured that we will employ our usual standards of quality. Ahem.)
And so for now, as you begin to write your poetry haiku, to you, I say “adieu!”
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal