All of the haiku were fantastic, even if my sister Naomi tried to win with stuff pirated off my Talk Like a Jewish Pirate Day post, and her husband Josh submitted an entry pirated from last year's contest. (At least he admitted it.) Sadly, nobody anonymously entered any spectacular ninja limericks this year, but that may have been because the theme this time around was pirates. Still, 'twas a shame. Yar.
Now, I should point out that there is no method to my madness, and thus, my judging of your entries was both extremely subjective and overly erratic. Thus, if your haiku aren't listed below, it's clearly either because I'm not smart enough to appreciate it properly, or because you never wrote the damn thing.
Baygirl32 especially captured the spirit of the contest with her entry:
Arrg arg aaaarg arg aarrggghBut it fell just short of honorable mention, getting only a regular old mention instead. These, on the other hand, did one better...
Aaarg hhharr har aarrggh har rrar har
Yo Ho ho HHo Ho
Hannah Kincade said she might or might not have pictures of the following event. Pictures might have sealed the deal...
Swinging from the doorThe Rare Poet's was one of the rare few to incorporate another form of piracy:
She is naked, knife in hand.
"Yargh! Pirate knife fight!"
a bootlegged copyThis was Mary R's first haiku ever:
of Jack Sparrow's latest flick.
such sweet irony!
Before Blackbeard's GhostNaomi, as she likes to do, presented us with idiots:
I ran around on two legs
Now it's just the peg
Incredibly dumbBudd introduced us to pirate Date Night:
sink their own vessel
A hook on the handLaura also found inspiration in piratical romance:
A patch on the missing eye
And she's the looker
Come buxom wenchesAnd the ever-entertaining Chris Phillips carved up a few creative entries, including this'n:
Come fondle my wooden leg
And I'll hook ye good
Polly won't shut up
Another cracker you say?
You'll be delicious.
First Place - Traditional
Once again, the Traditional prize proved to be the tougher category, with the majority of the entries straying toward the comical. It was a hard fought battle, but in the end, my brain outsmarted itself and selected this entry by Sarah Ahiers (Falen) for the first $25 prize:
Moonlight brushes sea
Waves capped in silver and gold
Treasure for all men
First Place - Humorous / Creative
And the humorous champion is Joelle, who's always looking for new reasons to be pantsless:
Too many buttons
For me hook-hand to manage.
Naked pirate time.
Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks again to everyone who entered!
Falen and Joelle, I've sent you each an Amazon gift card in your email. Please let me know if you haven't received it yet.