June 18, 2010

Poetry Friday--World Cup Goings-On

As I'm sure you're all aware, the Football World Cup games are now being held in South Africa. Sport is a great way to unite disparate people from around the world, and soccer is the most popular sport worldwide. A whole lot of people are watching or listening to the games each day.

So, what is the connection to Poetry Friday? The High IQ Haiku World Cup! The Haiku World Cup is taking place for the duration of the games (through July 11). Haiku with a theme of World Cup football are being solicited and accepted on the blog. The haiku are then published online in a downloadable ebook. (You can download it for free, but a donation is welcomed.) You can also read the entries online without downloading.

You'll find a great variety of poems, and as you read through, look for my contribution. When I looked it was on page 15--I know entries are constantly being added, so I can't say for certain that the page numbering will be the same. (Also, I've been urged to have you vote for your favorite poem by sending an email to haiku(dot)vote(at)gmail(dot)com. I hate these kind of voting things since they usually end up as a popularity contest, but, if you're so inclined, I would appreciate your vote.)

Here's another haiku from me (I didn't send this one in):

world cup--
for today in america
footballs are round

If you'd like to participate, but are unfamiliar with haiku, there are links on the Haiku World Cup blog that will lead you to several writing guides. Remember, haiku DOESN'T have to be 5-7-5!

If you're on Facebook, please "like" The Haiku World Cup page. (Would someone explain to me why you now have to "like" a page rather than become a fan of it? Is the term "fan" beyond the understanding of the average Facebook user? If so, then it's a sad commentary on the state of literacy!)

Please stop by the Two Writing Teachers blog for today's Poetry Friday Round-Up.

Go USA! Team USA meets Slovenia today!

UPDATE: The USA/Slovenia match ended in a 2-2 draw!

Image courtesy Shine 2010 - 2010 World Cup good news


  1. Here's to round footballs in America! (At least during World Cup Season!!)

  2. Wow, Diane, how do you hear about all these haiku contests? I've never heard of this one before. Congrats on getting your haiku posted!

    Laura Evans

  3. Fun! :-) I am a World Cup addict, so this is neat to hear about.

  4. Blogging Along Tobacco Road is an informative blog that I read regularly. Many announcements are posted there. Check it out: http://tobaccoroadpoet.blogspot.com/

    Also, the Haiku Foundation has a calendar, as well as tons of haiku info.

  5. Hi, Diane. I sent a haiku. I'll let you know how it goes. Also shared the link with a good friend who's both a football fan and a haiku poet. Thanks!

  6. Laura, I look forward to reading your haiku online! I'll check the ebook in a few day's time. Now you'll have to tell all your friends to vote!