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Lansing, do you haiku?

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (July 12, 2019) – Inspired by a special issue of “Morning Edition” on NPR, The Lansing Journal is inviting readers to tap into their inner poet and write some haiku.

The structure

You might remember haiku from grade school. It’s a Japanese form of poetry with a simple three-line structure—the first line has five syllables, the second line seven, and the third line five. The structure is simple, and somehow that simplicity leads to insights that can be very profound.

The topic

We’ll provide the same writing topic that NPR did: favorite summertime memories. You can write about childhood summers, last summer, or summer 2019. Since haiku are often very visual, think about specific images—camping trips, first jobs, rainstorms, fireworks, ice cream, whatever evokes summer for you.

Then choose just 17 syllables to convey that memory.

The instructions

We’ll accept submissions from now through the end of August, and we might begin publishing them online as we receive them, plus we’d like to include some in our August and September print issues.

Send your haiku to:

by August 31, 2019.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.