Fourth of July

by , Thursday July 4, 2013
Fourth of July

So today, the Fourth of July, is Independence Day in the United States of America. Inspired, we wanted to run a mini-competition on this theme.


With the popularity of the last poetry contest, we thought we would run another contest to challenge those poetic minds.

The challenge? Write a Haiku based on Independence!


Ready, set... wait what’s a Haiku you ask?

A Haiku is based on traditional Japanese poetry writing style. A Haiku in English entails 3 lines of poetry with a 5-7-5 syllab­le format. The idea of a Haiku is to use imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience rather than tell it. However, as always, rebellious poets do not strictly stick to the 5-7-5 format and many Haikus are identified by being 10-14 syllables long.


So what do you have to do?


Post a short Haiku that is inspired by Independence Day in the comments section below. This can be relating to the importance of independence, the feeling of celebrating Independence Day or an experience that may have happened on Independence Day. This doesn’t have to relate only to the American Independence Day and is free to interpretation.


The winner will receive a lovely book of poetry.


Here’s a short Haiku I wrote with Independence Day as my inspiration:


Water running free

Singing out loud all day long

Chains losing their hold


And here is a famous Haiku from a Japanese master:


From time to time
The clouds give rest
To the moon-beholders.

- Bashō


Good Luck and I look forward to reading your Haikus!

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