Monday, April 04, 2011

Haiku Competition

As part of our Japanese Culture Night, we had a not-so-Japanese haiku competition--kind of an icebreaker game. We gave each table an envelope full of words and instructions to make 3 lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. We had 13 entries in English and 1 in Japanese. Here's what they came up with:

The winning entry:
Despondent rain goes
Replaced by sun and gladness
Celebrate the spring
   -Janet's table

Honorable mention:
(Translation: May Seattle's prayer reach Touhoku)
   -Team Takahashi

So why Seattle
Journey spring beach together
Go vacation with
   -Team Faith

Sunshine spring blossom
Seattle young bird and duck
River through valley.
   -"Loving" table, June and Donna

Wet storm cloud unfold
With sunrise in Seattle
Spring blossoms float through

Sun cloud warm air fade
Dream of blossom without much
Spring green every day

Springtime days are long
Dance and sun over mountains
So why sleep, green world?

Seattle spring is
A rainbow water journey
A blossom without sun.

Without Sunday I
Cat and water of much tea.
Evil evening now

Seattle spring sun
So come forward special tree
To glory of day

Waves of pink blossoms
Float in the wind like a cloud.
Spring's special love song.
   -"Kindness" table

Spring blossoms shape day
Seattle sun through the clouds
Jesus is glory!
   -Meghan, Ernest, and Jeanie

Spring sunshine blossom
I celebrate and dance dream of vacation
Through fall wind whistle condolence

Humankind evil
How wise is sakura love
At haiku sunrise
   -Evil among us

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