Haikus can be wonderful. I’m not a purist, so if something doesn’t adhere to the classical rules of Haiku, I’m not going to complain, as long as it’s honest about its heritage.
This being Grammar Girl and Grammar Day, the contest focuses on haikus that centrally involve grammar.
This one, written by Arika Okrent in 2013, cleverly references we all know from experience.
I am an error
And I will reveal myself
After you press “send”
The first and third place winners from 2016 didn’t move me, so I won’t share them here, but you can find them here.
The second place winner, from Monica Sharman, is striking in its emotion and metaphorical truth.
“Edit” in Latin
means “He eats” or “She eats”—
We devour your words
The fourth place winner, from Larry Kunz, is brilliant in its use of grammar and mental imagery.
She said, I love you.
Her beau replied, I loved you.
Then the time passed, tense.
If you enjoyed these, there are many more a quick search away. I’ll close with a non grammar related mutt of a haiku that always cracks me up.
Take me down to Hai-
ku city where the grass is
green, and the dammit