Express affection for Washington trails in haiku contest
June 18, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. June 18, 2011
Got a favorite trail? Express it in a haiku
Ever feel poetically inspired during a hiking expedition? The Washington Trails Association invites hikers to write haikus about their favorite trails.
“I just think it’s a unique way to showcase a trail,” WTA communications director Lauren Braden said. “It’s a different way to talk about a trail other than the trail goes up the mountain and turns right at the lake.”
A haiku is composed of 17 sound units divided into three parts. The first line has five syllables. The second line has seven syllables. It closes with another five-syllable line.
Hikers can submit poems online before the July 1 deadline. The WTA may use the haiku on its website or in its magazine.
One poem will be drawn at random, and its author will win a WTA baseball cap.
The WTA provided a sample haiku about Snowgrass Flats in the South Cascades:
You climb, flowers dance
Volcanoes rise on all sides
Fragrant open air