Pen a poem to celebrate our state!

The natural environment has long inspired the Japanese. Their haiku poems are short and sweet, usually describing observations drawn from nature. In just a few well-chosen words, haiku masters capture the essence of a special moment  - and paint a picture in readers’ imaginations. For example, the famous 17th-century Japanese poet Basho wrote:the first cold showereven the monkey seems to wanta little coat of strawNow’s your chance to try your hand at haiku, penning a poem about Kansas! Express your feelings about a Kansas experience in haiku form. In English, a haiku is made up of three lines containing a total of 17 syllables, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line (5-7-5). You can learn more about writing haiku here.Enter your original poem in the Kansas Tourism Haiku Contest in the comments below or on our Facebook wall by December 2, 2011, and we’ll announce the results the following week. One lucky winner will receive a prize pack!
Becky Blake is the Director of Tourism Division of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, and has been involved in the Kansas tourism industry for the past 30 years. The TravelKS Blog provides a brief update from Becky each week, featuring communities, events and attractions throughout the state.