A Haiku’d Birthday

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I had the best birthday today, as my day was constantly interrupted by others’ creativity. My haiku challenge was accepted by almost forty different people and they did not disappoint. The response was so good, I decided to award multiple awards.

THIRD PLACE: Carlton Farmer
Man cries out his name
The Earth calmly whispers back
I know who you are

This one is just frickin’ cool. Good work, Carlton

SECOND PLACE: Melissa Hill
I have written five
haiku. Which one will I post
on your day of birth?

(Answer: All of them. No, they don’t all fit together. I’m not that bored. But they are all classical 5-7-5 because I’m a nerd. This is what happens when I take the day off work and am unable to sleep in.)

I can count sylla-
bles on my fingers. Are you
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Haiku are simple,
but I like a challenge. So,
next year: villanelles.

Your birthday is my
parents’ anniversary.
Isn’t that special?

Sunday night, Diet
Coke in hand. Talking… talking.
“Is it Monday yet?”

Thirty-three. Wow. Yikes.
Be careful with your new Wii;
you might break a hip.

Melissa doesn’t earn second place because of mere volume. No, she took the prize because of the Diet Coke comment. This is how I preach and I never really thought about it much before. Great observation.

FIRST PLACE: Kelly Carr
Aren’t you so fancy
To think of this little game?
Here, I’ll humor you

In vain I create
Something great so I can win
I’m competitive

Birthday cheers to you
This is your gift by the way
So enjoy it now

I could get mushy
Really, what would be the point?
You know how I feel

I’d wax eloquent
But it is my vacation
So my brain’s shut off

Instead I’ll just write
Steve, you always rock my world
(Yes, that’s what she said.)

Yeah, you might think the contest was rigged since my wife won, but admit it: the use of “that’s what she said” cemented her victory.

Thanks, everyone for making my day great. Isn’t the world a better place when people are creative? Here’s the rest in case they someday get lost in the Facebook black hole.

Eric Riggs
Eleven o’clock
A Haiku, then bed for me
You have lots of friends.

Shannon Perkins Smith
Hey Steve, here’s my wish
Happy flippin’ birthday freak
Joy to you this year

Shawn Wuske
I missed your phone call
About watching the Bearcats
Come and join the fun

Sara Faison
Another year gone
Hope this next year is the best
Happy Birthday Steve

Amy Lyday Campbell
i suck at haiku
but since it is your birthday
here is your haiku

Mark Campbell
You don’t rock my world
But your still pretty awesome
Have a super day!!!!!

Jeffrey Worthen
the cow moos tonight
moo moo moo moo moo moo moo
the cow moos tonight


Robert Gee

YADHTRIB YPPAH
UOY OT YADHTRIB YPPAH
STRUH NIARB YM

Martha Hill
Happy Birthday Steve
on my Anniversary
a very good day!

Melissa Mingie [HONORABLE MENTION FOR HUMORING THE OLD MAN]
This is kinda lame
But I’ll humor the old man
Happy Birthday Steve

David McCoy
Los cumpleaños felices a
usted, los cumpleaños felices a usted
cumpleaños Felices Steve


Kristi Mendenhall

You know you are cool
Ur makin’ me want to drool
maybe use the stool

i’m glad you were born
c c u ah…makes one torn
go’head toot your horn

Emily Hill
Happy Birthday Steve
I think you’re really crazy
And I am awesome

Melody White-Riggs
Steve, Happy Birthday
What fun this game is to play
Even though I stink

Tye VonAllmen
Dust in the wind
Pizza is my favorite fruit
I love to skate

Sarah Elizabeth Mitchell
I suck at writing
But Steve you are way too cool
So, Have a great day!

Rob Brown
You and your sister
were born just a day apart?
What’s nine months before?

A Birthday Haiku
That is a dumb idea
I will not do it


Brent Colwick

Your birthday is great
Peanut Butter Sandwiches
That’s what I’m screamin’

Alicia Gee
Happy Birthday to Steve.
I think that is all I need to say,
Yea!

Carrie Furnish
I’m not that creative
But I’ll give it my best shot
Have a great birthday!

Adam Allman
Your birthday is when
Oh my you are now how old
Still have time to say…..


Rick Moore

I like you more then
three clicks and 13 letters
Happy Birthday Steve!

Chris French
My glad birthday wish
May end up stinking like fish
Next to all others

Becky Smyth
i’ll try to be cool
with a fun birthday greeting
that rhymes a bit too!

Audrey Morrison
A trip to Ikea
and a large Diet Coke
Makes a Fabulous Birthday

Laura Stevens
Another year young
Loved by family and friends
Happy Birthday Steve

Daniel Becker
Walnut Hills beckons
Reverend Kemper’s estate
and the House of Carr

Matt Coulter
with motion forward
time mocks the year-barer’s mind
“age well, Steve, age well”

Jon Weatherly
Birthday tomorrow.
Youth yields to gray middle age.
Stubborn ear hairs sprout.

Markus Watson
I dislike haiku
I wish you wouldn’t want it
Still, Happy Birthday

Lori Rutherford
Friend of my brother,
Happy Birthday from Cali!
Glad you are still fun!


Jason Powell

Entiendes no?
Feliz Cumpleanos Steve
Bendiciones

Tim Reed

happy birthday hap
happy birthday happy birth
happy birthday hap

Dave Little
You are a great pal
Skyline unites us
Refrigerator

Chad Powers [HONORABLE MENTION FOR GOOD STORY]
Playing center field
Steve runs fast to catch the ball
Fence, nose, ouch, blood, dizzy

Daniel Smyth [HONORABLE MENTION FOR INCLUSION OF LEMMINGS]
It makes me so sad
To think that lemmings are dead
It was all a lie.

Happy Birthday Steve
You are aging well I hope
Way to live this long.

With age comes wisdom
Or say they tell me is true
You may be a sage.

This is the last verse
So I better make it good
Your parents like March.

John and JoLynn Handel
Steve is thirty-something
And has no taste in sports
Someday he will learn

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