Motherhood & Words

are all the haiku?

People, don’t make me bust out my own mad haiku skills. Post your toddler haiku here for a chance to win a $10 amazon gift card. Seriously, if you spend ten minutes writing your haiku, that’s a dollar a minute.

The deadline has been extended to Saturday, March 28th. Don’t be scared.

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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. Melissa on March 25, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    I’m scared. 🙂

  2. Caroline D. on March 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    can I submit more than one? I’m all about the haiku. It’s a regular feature on my blog.

    I already submitted one, but i have more if you want them!!!!

  3. Ines on March 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Sadly, I have no idea how to do this….but I want to learn…(there is no such thing in Spanish?….hmmm…I don’t know)

  4. Anonymous on March 27, 2009 at 1:03 am

    This has been brewing in my mind this week….

    Yes! No! All Day Long
    Contrarion you can be
    I love my toddler!

  5. kate hopper on March 27, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Yes, yes, submit more than one.

    Ines, a haiku has three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables and the third line has five syllables. Write one in Spanish! I’d love to have a Spanish haiku in the mix!

  6. Ines on March 27, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Wondering all day
    movement all day long yes
    you are never tired

  7. Ines on March 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Alegria tu
    un dia es un ano
    felicidad yo

  8. Marilyn on March 28, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Hi, Kate. I hope I’m not too late! This was fun! (Forgive me if I’ve posted it twice, I’m working out the kinks of my new technically savvy self.)

    You poop in pantry
    Spread and rake it with your hoe
    Looky! Garden grow!