WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Hay(na)ku Winner

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I really enjoyed reading through the hay(na)ku entries. As a few of you mentioned, this short form can get quite addicting very fast. In fact, there were hundreds of hay(na)ku entered with several poets entering several poems.

Here are my 10 favorites (in order):

catching thermals
slow moving clouds

Cara Holman

knows me.
Does my husband?

Taylor Graham

like food,
must be digested.

Elizabeth Johnson

men know
they are fools.


falling down
white wedding dress

Michelle Hed

fires erupt.
Blame the bakers.

Nancy Posey

perfectly timed -
strike three call

Bruce Niedt

flutter by
in iridescent light.


waits, wanting.
Words wander home.

De Jackson

I, too,
am let go.



Congratulations to the Top 10 and Cara Holman in particular! Also, there were so many great hay(na)ku that didn't make this list. Click here to read them all in the comments.

In addition to some great hay(na)ku, there were some wonderful hay(na)ku strings that produced longer form poems. Here are my two favorites:

Six-word Spoilers, by Bruce Niedt

Kane's sled -
who'd have thought?

tells Luke:
"I'm your father."

slashes folks
dressed as Mom.

finds ruined
Statue of Liberty.

Dr. Malcolm,
is a ghost.

night shocker -
Dil's a man!

suspect - Verbal
is Keyser Soze.

Soylent Green?
Yuck! It's people!

ARS POETICA, by Taylor Graham

obsession: every
day a poem.

oak tree,
hawk - a poem.

carry pen,
pencil, and words.

cracks through
concrete: a poem.


Thanks, everyone, for participating! I hope to have another challenge up within the week!


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