ARLINGTON — The Arlington Arts Council and the Friends of the Arlington Library are inviting you to let nature and the winter weather inspire you to create a poem, as they jointly sponsor a haiku poetry contest as part of the Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival. The poetry committee chose this format to maximize participation in the contest.
Haiku poets are challenged to convey a vivid message in only 17 syllables. The format of your haiku should be the traditional non-rhyming three-line poem of five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line, with no punctuation. The theme of your poem should be connected to nature. You may submit a maximum of three haiku, each on its own entry form. Committee member Virginia Hatch has offered the following example, that she composed:
I watch the small leaf
floating down the muddy stream
as the snake crawls near
There is no entry fee, and prizes will be awarded in three age groups; kindergarten through fifth grade, sixth through 12th grades, and 19 years and older. The first prize in each age group will be $50 from the Arlington Arts Council. The second prize in each age group will be a $25 value in "Book Bucks" from the Friends of the Arlington Library. Bucks may be redeemed at the Arlington Library, for books offered for sale by the Friends.
All entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, for display at the Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival on Saturday, Feb. 1. Please submit your entries online at www.arlingtonwa.gov/haikucontest, or by mail to the city of Arlington, Haiku Contest, 238 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington, WA 98223, or place them in the collection boxes at the Arlington Library or Arlington City Hall.
For more information about the upcoming Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival, please visit www.arlingtonwa.gov/eaglefest.