BP: Golden Triangle Haiku

For the last eight years, there has been a call for submissions to the Golden Triangle Haiku competition. This year there were over 2800 haiku submitted including 200 haiku from entrants under 18 years of age in the new Youth category. The contest received entries from 60 countries, 49 states, and the District of Columbia. The winning poems can be seen on colorful signs throughout the Golden Triangle through April 2021.

For those who are not familiar with the Golden Triangle, it is in the heart of Washington D.C.’s business district, stretching from the front lawn of the White House to Dupont Circle.

This pedometer geek poet is thrilled to have had one of my haiku selected from the many haiku submitted on the theme of Daydreams and Musings. It is as follows:

a hammock…

she watches drifting clouds

through oak leaves

~Nancy Brady, 2021

If anyone has the opportunity to be in Washington, D.C. this April, take time to check out all the haiku that will be gracing flower boxes in the Golden Triangle. If you can’t visit, there is the list of the winners and all the haiku chosen by the judges for inclusion at https://goldentriangledc.com/golden-haiku-2021-winners Congratulations to all of the poets whose haiku were selected for this honor, and thank you to the judges who had to judge that many haiku.

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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12 Responses to BP: Golden Triangle Haiku

  1. haikutec says:

    Hi Nancy,


    a hammock…
    she watches drifting clouds
    through oak leaves

    Nancy Brady


    warm regards,
    Blo͞o Outlier editor

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  2. Jules says:

    Wonderful! What a great idea. Congratulations!!

    Our newspaper used to have a monthly magazine – I think it is only online now. I had some haiku published in it, but I can’t quite figure out the online only bit of where to even locate the magazine if it is still ‘publishing’. Our paper has gotten so thin that some says there is only about a dozen pages of the A section!

    I’m looking for a place in my yard to put a hammock unless I get one on a frame. The only good place would have me looking up through the dense pine branches. 🙂

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    • Jules,
      I think it’s great that your paper published poems. I think there is not enough poetry read, mostly because it requires searching for it. Having that opportunity in a local paper should be helpful.

      As for the hammock, it wasn’t mine. We safely distanced camped with Rob’s son and our daughter-in-law last summer. They brought it, and when they were off with their kayaks, we were watching their dog. Lying in the hammock, looking up at the sky through the oak trees, it was so peaceful.The theme of this year was Daydreams and Musings (or something like that), and this one must have met the requirements. There are 112 haiku placards now posted until the end of April. ~nan

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      • Jules says:

        Well… they used to anyway…
        I can’t deal with just submitting to the online version. Our area also had a poetry walk. I submitted to it… but it was international (not just local) and I think one of the judges knew me from somewhere and thought it was a conflict of interest- that she knew me. Not only was I not chosen… I didn’t even get a rejection notice. Pff! I’m just very wary of some ‘contests’.

        I won’t enter anything I have to pay a fee for, pay someone to ‘edit’ the piece I’ve entered, or that I have to read a set amount of others works and have to ‘judge’ them.

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  3. Janice says:

    Congratulations! I would love to spend some time in that hammock :))

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  4. Congratulations! What a lovely and evocative juxtaposition of images! Ah, spring!

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  5. JP, There’s no money involved in this one in DC. I have entered three times. Had one published the first time I entered, but not since (this the 3rd or 4th time I’ve entered) until this year.

    As for the judging others, called a kukai, I hate going through all of the haiku, but I learn a lot by doing them. I wouldn’t pay into contests either. Although having someone decide against another poet just because it might be someone they know, that is ridiculous. A judge could recuse himself/herself and have another person look at it. In the 44839 area code contest, there is a spot for recusal for the judge, but then there are four other judges (some from the community, some who are poets laureate). ~nan

    PS. Congrats on being the Carrot Ranch Poet Laureate…well deserved it is.


  6. Stunning! Congratulations! I wish I were on that hammock…

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