April is National Poetry Month and April 17 is International Haiku Poetry Day. Haiku poems are usually written in 3 lines. The first line contains 5 syllables. The second line has 7, and the third has 5 – so 17 syllables in all. But they can be shorter. Content is more important than syllable count.
The Book Meshuggenahs invite all creative kids to enter their original haiku poetry that captures a Jewish value: Chai-ku! You can write about values like emunah, trustworthiness; kavod, respect; achrayut, responsibility; as well as tzedek, fairness; chesed, caring and kindness; and shomrei adamah, keeping and repairing the world, honoring our commitments and uniting us, even when we cannot be together.
Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is May 31. Each winner will receive a certificate and a book for grand prize winners, or a virtual book reading for second prize winners. Also, with written permission from a parent or guardian, we will celebrate your Chai-ku on our site, Facebook and Twitter.