Thanks to everyone who entered! Your fantastic submissions made it tough to settle on the winners. I wish I could give awards to you all, but alas, that's not in the rules. I checked.
So, despair not if your entry doesn't get highlighted below; it barely missed the cut. And if you haven't done so already, make sure to check out all the entries.
Dan Yungk waited until one minute past the deadline before posting a comment. It's written all in one line and has nothing to do with the ocean. So why does he get a mention? Because I always reward cleverness. (Just not necessarily with gift cards.)
Every single year, I plan to participate, then run out of time...Marian Allen, as soon as you posted this question, the answer was always going to be one. Yours.
How many entriesThis one of Tara Tyler R's gets the nod (barely over her "Poles baited") because every time I read it I hear my 2-year-old son's pronunciation of barracuda. (That's what he calls the salad tongs.)
Will use the words, "I think we
Need a bigger boat"?
A lurking monster,Matthew MacNish had me at "cthulhu."
hidden in coral...attacks!
Dagon in the depthsJ. Grace Penningon swayed me with the force of her imagery.
la Cthulhu f'taghn
shadows of the past
anemones swayAnd this one from Juliet Lauser is beautiful, even though I must admit I'm not entirely sure what the tiger represents. (I think I've got it, but who knows.)
but not from force of current
back and forth alone
That tiger curls round
Two thirds of earth so we play
With his velvet toes.
First Place - Humorous
Matt Pelletier, take a bow. Just don't do it near the bow of the boat...
Frigid salty depths
Waist deep... OHGODWHATWASTHAT!?!?
NOPE NOPE NOPE. NOPE NOPE!!!
First Place - Traditional
And Li takes the crown with this entry, titled "Pearls."
transformed by patient bivalves
jewelry from torment
And that does it for this year's contest. Thanks again to all who entered, stopped by, retweeted, shared, mocked, etc. Matt and Li, please send me a note so I'll have your email addresses and can get you the Amazon gift cards.
And before you leave,
Here's a haiku just for you.
(It's not very good.)