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We Want Your Food Haiku!

By • August 13, 2012 • 59 Comments

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The Olympics may be over (and the Summer Food Fights, too) but that somehow our competitive urges still haven't ebbed away. That's why we're announcing the Feed52 Haiku Contest.

With a deadline of this Thursday, August 16 at midnight, we want to see your best food-related haiku, posted in the comments below. (The winner will receive nothing less than eternal glory -- sadly, no Le Creuset.)

For those of you who need a refresher -- here is a haiku written by yours truly, as inspired by the above photo:

Who hasn't spent time
brushing their cutting board of
cauliflower bits?

Here's another:

Chopping onions: root
on one end, hairy on the
other, tears inside.

It's simple: haiku do not rhyme, they don't concern themselves with traditional narrative, and they follow a three-line structure of 5, then 7, then 5 syllables. They can be quietly funny, or just suddenly beautiful, and they're short enough that you could certainly write one on your lunch break.

Happily, you have a wide variety of subject matter: food in any form is fair game. And there's no limit on poems you can submit! Give us your best shot.

Start counting those syllables -- may the best haiku win!

Tags: feed52, contests, poems, haiku, vegetables, fruit, poetry, writing, nozlee samadzadeh

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over 1 year ago LaineyStarr

the juiciness flows
it slowly drips down my chin
i love pineapples

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over 1 year ago LaineyStarr

I season to taste
Bring to him on a big plate
Sit back as he smiles

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over 1 year ago LaineyStarr

Taking a big bite
Melting just like cotton candy
Oh wait, it is that

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over 1 year ago EmilyC

Confronting my son,
A pile of thin, salty ham.
He grins: prosciutto!

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over 1 year ago DirectHeat

Into the wine, you!

Tough, fatty, stubborn, cheap roast.

Braised, tender goodness.

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over 1 year ago DirectHeat

Watermelon seeds
Spit from a sticky red smile
Mighty black missiles

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over 1 year ago DirectHeat

Water, hops and malt --
Throw open the abbey window;
Hark, fermentation!

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over 1 year ago MissGinsu

True love, the ripe peach,
Wraps the cool nights of summer
In a fuzzy coat

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I am so tired, but
dinner calls, make me now and
savor, nourish, love.

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

The only way to
learn to cook is by messing
up a lot of meals.

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over 1 year ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Mixer, whisk….or jar?
A labor of love that makes
stiff whipped cream mountains.

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over 1 year ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Amanda’s Kids’ lunch:
Inspiring little meals.
Please pack me one, too.

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over 1 year ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

He slices, he rolls.
Tuna, uni…geoduck?
Shiro: sushi god.

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over 1 year ago Eliz.

Light fills stone vaults at
Midnight as tendrils rise green
Behind garden walls.

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over 1 year ago Eliz.

Charlotte, tears fell when
You died; grown up, I wrap melon
In prosciutto.

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over 1 year ago Katey501

A food of the gods
Figs, luscious, sensual, sweet
My now obsession

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over 1 year ago HobbsHouse

Hard times and work slow
As she put on the table, bread
It was the silver lining

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over 1 year ago Eliz.

Mosquito draws blood
For her eggs as I stand be-
Fore the stove, scrambling.

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over 1 year ago Eliz.

Partially hydro-
Genated fat, high fructose
Corn syrup miss you.

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over 1 year ago vrunka

Despised by many
Belov'd by a select few
Anchovy, you're mine.

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Ode to Basil II

A queen among herbs,
summer's bright star - caprese,
curry and pesto.

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over 1 year ago rachelbirds

A cup of flour,
two eggs. Mix with hands, knead, then
roll. Homemade pasta.

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Ode to Basil

Your transformation
seed to flowering giant
is quick and brings bees

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over 1 year ago Anavonne

The sweet corn trumpets
the collapse of the season.
Here comes the cider!

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Garlic, salt, and oil
what else do you really need
to make food a meal

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Ha, funny. I just wrote a haiku to my buttermilk peach smoothie the other day for no particular reason:
Peaches, golden orbs
Buttermilk kissed with maple
Blend until frothy.

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over 1 year ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Chocolate Chip Cookie of My Dreams:

big, thick and chewy
where have you been all my life?
Kim Boyce, I love you.

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over 1 year ago Eric Michaud

When I am smoking
I am in my happy place
Charcoal fire and wood

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over 1 year ago Sadassa_Ulna

Liquid "Squid" [TM]:

bottle of fish sauce
you make ev'rything groovy
a dollar-sixty

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over 1 year ago Sadassa_Ulna

Nobody Will Know:

balls of cookie dough
to freeze for baking later
I eat them now, raw

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over 1 year ago Sadassa_Ulna

Bottle & Chopstick:

for a pie, I'd pit
a thousand cherries by hand,
OK a hundred

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over 1 year ago LLStone

Caprese salad
gorged July through August but
starved the rest of year.

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over 1 year ago LLStone

Summer's star basil,
recast in pestos, oils, salts
to brighten short days.

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over 1 year ago amysarah

Raspberry bushes,
sun warmed fruit, popped in my mouth.
This is luxury.

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over 1 year ago amysarah

A vibrant red claw,
golden butter, paper plate,
sunlight bouncing off the waves.

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over 1 year ago fancydoorbell

I don’t know what’s up
with weird veggies, like ramps (what?)
I should try pickling.

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over 1 year ago fancydoorbell

My mother taught me
table manners, to chop, and
corn is for horses

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over 1 year ago TXExpatInBKK

Ha! My husband said to give you a high five. He is a "corn is for horses" person, too.

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over 1 year ago fancydoorbell

All I think about
When I hear lentivirus
Is beans, not the flu

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over 1 year ago fancydoorbell

The torrid summer
gives way to squashes of fall.
Will you make me soup?

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over 1 year ago A.M.

Mozzarella e Prosciutto
by A..M.

Buxom Miss Milky,
quit your elastic sisters.
Meet the salty prince.

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over 1 year ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

green tomatoes on
the vine kissed by summer sun
just waiting to blush

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over 1 year ago young&fabulous

eggplants cast aside
but why? they are kickass and
rock hard in purple

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over 1 year ago Miranda Rake

Miranda is a contributor at Food52.

blueberry pie like
sticky summer perfection.
gone all too quickly

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over 1 year ago pizzamonster

Carrots, carrots, carr-
ots, carrots, carrots, carr-... Yes,
my favorite snack.

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over 1 year ago brette warshaw

Brette is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Crunch crunch crunch. Sometimes
I like them with ranch dressing.
Don't tell anyone.

Me

over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Associate Editor of Food52.

Or peanut butter?
Or maybe that means I don't
like carrots at all.

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over 1 year ago LLStone

Roasted in Merrill’s
salad, they become sublime.
Crème fraiche truly rules.

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over 1 year ago pizzamonster

Heirloom tomatos
taste better bruised and ugly
from the seconds bin.

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over 1 year ago pizzamonster

Couscous, carrots, peas:
a bright purple meal! (When you
use purple carrots.)

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over 1 year ago pizzamonster

This apricot cake:
Wow! How many ways can we
bake you? Make it new.

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over 1 year ago Avocado Diva

Avocado. Oh
Heritage Avocado.
Oh! Avocado

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over 1 year ago LaVegetalFetiche

kale stokes my eternal flame
eaten everyday
can't believe i've not turned green

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over 1 year ago Rohwyn

Eggs, flour, sugar
Mix, bake, golden goodness, eat!
But lick the bowl first.

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over 1 year ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Ode to the Caseus Cheese Truck:

New Haven, You Rock.
Ikea…your meatballs…yuck.
Cheese truck forever!

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over 1 year ago brette warshaw

Brette is the Managing Editor of Food52.

I love that cheese truck!!

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over 1 year ago nzle

Kenzi and I are fans as well! I always dreamed of doing the Cheese Truck Challenge...

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over 1 year ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

my husband is dying to do the Cheese Truck Challenge. Road trip, anyone?

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over 1 year ago Panfusine

Cutting summer fruit
leaving behind tiny seeds
Scrape away next day!