A haiku contest with a WSU theme

Winners of the 2011 contest!

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the first Washington State Magazine HaiCoug contest, featuring haiku poems with a WSU theme. After reviewing almost 100 entries, we chose first, second, and third place HaiCougs based on how they evoked the WSU experience, followed the haiku structure, and presented a clever or thought provoking twist.

First place goes to Susan Picatti ’74 from Seattle. She wins a gift package from the Bookie.

Two day old Evie
In Dad’s arms; Cougs beat Huskies
The perfect first game.

The second place winner, Susy (Roark) Benefiel ’72 from Walla Walla, wins a can of Cougar Gold cheese from the WSU Creamery.

Warm spring grass beckons
A doze on Holland’s front lawn
Uh-oh. Late for class.

Third place, a HaiCoug by Stephanie Pierce ’04 from Wasilla, Alaska, also wins a can of Cougar Gold cheese.

Hike up hill both ways
Flip flops on everyone’s feet
We all bleed crimson.

Thank you to everyone who wrote HaiCougs. Several others receive honorable mention for their entries:

Time for study break
May’s warm sun sends out a call
Ferdinand’s ice cream

Dearest Mom and Dad,
Wazzu’s great. Legs sore. Passed test.
Oh, and send money.

Driving back to school
Rolling wheat fields all the way
Chain of Cougs in line