Express affection for Washington trails in haiku contest

June 18, 2011

By Staff

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

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