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postheadericon 2013 Scooter Haiku Winners!

I received 30 or so haiku from our participants and submitted them, without names, to our 2 judges. The results were sent back to me, where I rejoined each haiku to its writer. The winners were announced at our meet up tonight and now I am publishing them. Who knows? Maybe some literary person will “discover” just how talented us scooter folk are and want us to submit more of our amazing work to them. Or not.

I will first post the winners and honorable mentions in each of our four categories: (Please forgive the awkward spacing, I tried cutting and pasting everything and no matter what I do, it still comes out a bit weird. Deal with it.)

Best Haiku Including Nature-

Floating on a cloud

Smooth passage over the road

Pavement becomes jade – Sean Lynch

Honorable mention for nature haiku-

Riding! Hot in summer

Cold in winter, monsoons? Wet!

Riding! It’s still great! – Howard Rains

 

Most Humorous-

Can’t sleep, 4am

Scootering verse in my head,

I hate Howard Rains – Stan Scott

 

Honorable mentions for humor-

Rumbling Down the Road.

no mercy from the saddle.

Poor aching kidneys – Carol Voeller

 

Best Word Choice-

entomology

on two wheels in the springtime

what a lot of guts! – Tracy Adair

Honorable mentions for word choice-

Failed to move away,

errant hair under face shield

distracting my ride! – Anita Tourigny

Like river Mekong

While traveling Vietnam

I saw scooters flow – Jerry Hamel

Pure serenity

Rubber on the hot flat road

For love of Freedom – Doug Hoover

 

Conveys Joy of Scootering-

Scooting home from work

de-stress, re-charge, re-lax, ride.

Do I smell oranges? – Howard Rains

 

Honorable mentions for joy of scooters-

Feeling the warm air

Sting my face and take my breath

Is the price for fun – Amy Thomas

 

Red flash races by

Girl on scooter flying high

Harley boys – jealous – Cheryl Dickson

Scooter riding

My senses have awakened

Cleansing of my mind! – Penny Palmer

The open road calls

Scooter is full and ready

Why am I waiting? – Stan Scott

The judges told me that it was difficult to choose the winners listed above because there were so many good haiku to choose from. I will let you judge that for yourself. Here are all the haiku that were submitted:

Jerry Hamel

Like river Mekong
While traveling Vietnam
I saw scooters flow

Douglas Hoover

Pure serenity

Rubber on the hot flat road

For love of Freedom

Anita Tourigny

Failed to move away,
errant hair under face shield
distracting my ride!

Carol Voeller

Rumbling Down the Road.

no mercy from the saddle.

Poor aching kidneys

Try to catch a breeze.

Lift shoulders, angle elbows.

Ah, a cooling blast

Penny Palmer

Scooter riding
My senses have awakened
Cleansing of my mind!

Howard Rains

Buying a scooter

best purchase I ever made

rides, friends, fun, awesome!

 

Scooting home from work

de-stress, re-charge, re-lax, ride.

Do I smell oranges?

 

Riding! Hot in summer

Cold in winter, monsoons? Wet!

Riding! It’s still great!

Tracy Adair

entomology
on two wheels in the springtime
what a lot of guts!

S-curve ’round the bend
leaning behind my legshield
big smile on my face!

Vespas in a row
Means only one thing tonight
Great friends having FUN!

Jack Loudermilk

Scooting at fifty
Got friends waiting patiently
Throttle wide open

Ninety miles an hour
Warning signs are flying by
Down this dead end street

Look my way, you smile
From behind I hear his voice
I talk to myself

Cheryl Dickson

Lonely stretch of road
Riding in the bright moonlight
Will we make it home?

Red flash races by
Girl on scooter flying high
Harley boys – jealous

Amy Thomas

Feeling the warm air

Sting my face and take my breath

Is the price for fun

 

Rushing past pavement

Around corners over hills

Blood pumping through veins

 

Alone, no traffic

Early morning no sun yet

Me, road warrior

Stan Scott

The wind in my face,
Scooter on cruise control,
Good to be alive.

Down to Sasabe,
My favorite ride near town,
with wind in my face.

Riding my Helix,
only open road ahead,
I hate to go home.

Riding the scooter,
Arizona highways call,
and I will answer.

Big group ride today,
Variety of scooters,
all out to have fun!

The open road calls
Scooter is full and ready
Why am I waiting?

Scooter riding
A serious affliction
So what is your point?

Arizona June
Scooter is calling my name
Can not wait to ride.

Honda and Vespa,
Kymco, Genuine and Sym,
All great scoots to ride.

Can’t sleep, 4am
Scootering verse in my head,
I hate Howard Rains! 

Sean Lynch

Curvy metal shape
Bending early morning sun
Great time to go ride 

 

Open the petcock
Stroke the kickstart lever twice
Sleeping engine wakes 

 

Clutch lever to grip
Twist the shifter to first gear
Gone in a smoke puff

 

Smooth shape bottle nose
Long flowing lines blue and grey
But not a dolphin 

 

Insert key press Start
Stubborn beast will not breathe fire
Another day then 

Floating on a cloud
Smooth passage over the road
Pavement becomes jade


Flies along the road
Blue-black with a pointed beak
Yet not a raven 

Smooth purr from below
Numbers dance on soft blue field
Calming evening ride

 

There really are some great haiku here. Well done, Sky Island Riders. Next time, I think we may do Scooter Limericks.

Howard

 

 

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2 Responses to “2013 Scooter Haiku Winners!”

  • Ron:

    Great! Thanks from Cornwall.

  • YaYaDave:

    If you have that many scooteristas who also write haiku in Tucson, I’m tempted to say “What a cool place,” but we know that’s not right. I mean, it’s Arizona.

    You might look into sijo for your next go ’round.

    Fun to read. Thank you all.

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