Happy Friday! Yesterday was something of a bombshell for me. I found out that not only was I chosen as winner for the April Culinary Smackdown, I also managed to be chosen as winner of the Haiku Monday competition! G will tell you that I spent most of the day wandering around in a daze, shaking my head in near disbelief. What I should have done, of course, is bought a lottery ticket. 😉
I now have another challenge–that of choosing next week’s theme for your haiku enjoyment. I confess that this one has been in my head since I first played. Who has not stood here in their lives? Whether it’s a physical intersection with different paths beckoning you or an emotional or spiritual crisis demanding that you make a decision, we have all come to critical crossroads in our lives:
Your challenge this coming week, should you choose to accept it, is to create a haiku about crossroads. The use of the exact word is not required. To leave your entry, please use the “leave a comment” link at the bottom of this post.
Please submit any number of haiku you wish, but designate 2 for judging. The usual rules apply, with the first being the 5-7-5 rule. This allows a three line format where the first line is 5 syllables, the second line is 7 syllables, the last line is 5 syllables. Extra points will be applied for haiku that make use of both Kigo (seasonal reference) and Kireji (cutting word or punctuation) which is explained at (http://www.haikusociety.com/learn/kireji-and-kigo). The Kigo goal is to join two separate images/emotions in one integrated verse. And visuals are fun, welcome, and may give you an edge if well selected.
Deadline is Monday May 7, 2012 at midnight Pacific Daylight Time.
For those of you unfamiliar with this Haiku Monday challenge, this is an informal, fun competition. Anyone who wishes can join in. This group just plays at this challenge. The contest originated with Troll, an acknowledged master at the form, whose blog was recently eaten by Blogger. We hope to see him back in this competition soon.
A few housekeeping notes: I will be away from the computer beginning in the wee hours of Tuesday, May 8 and not be back until late Thursday, May 10. Therefore, I hope to have the winner announced some time before noon on Friday, May 11, Mountain Daylight Time in Colorado, USA. I apologize in advance for this delay, but I don’t have mobile internet, so final results will have to wait for my return. I can’t wait to receive all your creative, wonderful entries. I know you will do your best to make my judging job impossible. Go for it!