Ricepaper Magazine Haiku Death Match Winner

I went to the Word Festival and won the first Ricepaper Magazine Haiku Death Match. There were 9 competitors (each competing against one person, then the winner would move to the next round).

In the first round, we had 2 minutes to write a haiku about Tea.

My name is Toby
I’m friends with Bremyn Andem
I like to drink tea
– Toby

earl grey tea, hot cup
scald yourself on bergamot
but don’t break the mug
– Andrea

Follow the damp leaves
to the bottom of your cup,future in steeped greens.
– Emily

Hot, cold, spicy sweet
can not get enough of tea
back off get your own
– Sheldon

the first sip of tea
as the phone rings  this morning
will be my last one
– Jessica

In the second round, we had 2 minutes to write a haiku about Lychee.

Lychees are so sweet
They make me tingle with defeat
They are too damn tasty
– Toby

Fruit on your tongue
Satistfied by your lychee
Please man, one more time
– Sheldon

sticky fingers say
you’ve eaten the last lychee
and sweet lips don’t lie
– Jessica

In the final round, the two final opponents had 30 SECONDS (yes, 30 seconds!!!) to write a haiku about Calligraphy. 30 seconds is not a lot of time to write a haiku, let me tell yah!

Calligraphy by night
A candle keeps me awake
keep the stars alive

rubber stamps store
a man says I just picked up
the word “love”

I won first prize! They gave me a super cute trophy. Take a look at my victory picture in the Ricepaper Magazine blog.

The judges were Elaine Woo, Kim Fu and Ricepaper Editor Anna Ling Kaye.


1 thought on “Ricepaper Magazine Haiku Death Match Winner

  1. Leta Leshe 10063 Smitherman Drive Shreveport, LA 71115

    “Do not leave your longings unattended.”      (a sign found on website of photographer Austin Kleon)


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