Haiku Contest Winners!

Chevy Chase Library

Haiku Contest Winners!

Thank you to all who participated

To celebrate National Poetry Month here at the Chevy Chase library, we held a Haiku contest for poets of all ages! 

Haiku is a form of poetry that began in Japan. Haiku uses the senses to describe scenes from nature and often involves vivid images of trees, plants, seasons, and other elements of the natural world. Sometimes, poems have very specific " rules " for how to create them. Haikus are poems that are three line longs, and each line has a certain number of syllables. The first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables. That' s 17 syllables overall!

Like all poetry, even though Haiku follows specific syllabic rules, lots of writers find great ways to make it their own. We got so many amazing entries this year, and it was very difficult to chose a winner, so we ended up choosing First and Second place winners for both the Adult and the Children's age group. 

Here are the winners for the adult age group: 

First Place:

Radiant Black Joy
Offers Peace to the Weary
Liberating Souls

-Stephanie Jenkins 

Second Place: 

Leaves open in Spring
Cherry blossoms in my mind
Wind turns the pages

-Robert Cmarik

And here are the winners for the Children's age group

First Place: 

D.C. spring is warm
The cherry trees are in bloom
The birds sing sweetly!

-Elina Hart

Second Place: 

Cats from a shelter
They don't have to do anything
Kittens are so cute

-Martin Philip

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Haiku Contest this year! We had such a great time reading your poems, and we hope you submit again next year. Write on!