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Lansing Haikuists submit more summer poetry

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (July 25, 2019) – The first round of responses to our Summer Haiku project apparently awakened the inner poet in other readers—the day those poems were published we received several more, all following the familiar five-seven-five syllable structure. The second round of haiku is published below, beginning with our personal favorite—

Carol Van Drunen

Sitting in the sun
Reading The Lansing Journal
Sipping lemonade

“Love your paper!!!” Carol told us.

Rose Polgar

Dogs run yip yapping
wind blowing flowers blooming
Summer barking songs

Daniel Blom

Two wheels of freedom
cruising to the corner store
gum cards on my mind

Want to play?

We’ll accept submissions from now through the end of August, and we’ll publish them online as we are able to fit them into the schedule. Plus we’d like to include some in our August and September print issues.

Your poem should follow the traditional haiku format—a three-line poem with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third.

The topic is Favorite Summertime Memories. You can write about childhood summers, last summer, or summer 2019. Then choose just 17 syllables to convey that memory.

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.