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Valentine’s Day Haiku Contest

Posted by inkpopbecki on February 11, 2011

Unless you live under a rock, you’re sure to have noticed the heart-shaped-boxes full of chocolate that are lining the shelves of grocery stores. That’s right . . . Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! We thought we’d get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with a little poetry contest. And when we say little, we mean it—3-line poetry only!

Whether you’re celebrating love with chocolate and flowers or inducing a self-inflicted sugar overload in the hopes of drowning out that disgusting red-and-pink motif, we want to see your best haiku. From now until the big V-Day, write your own haiku for a chance to win a prize pack full of four awesome love stories.
So what is a haiku? A haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry that is made up of three unrhymed lines. The first line has five syllables, the middle line has seven syllables, and the third line has five syllables. Each of our featured authors has written an example haiku, check them out below!

How to Enter:

Write a haiku and post it in the comments section of this post or on Twitter with the hashtag #VDayhaiku between February 11, 2011-February 15, 2011. If you’re going the Twitter route, make sure you’re following @inkpop [link:] so we can Direct Message you if you win!

The Theme:

Any haiku about Love! Whether it’s first love, puppy love, love-at-first-sight, anti-Valentine’s Day, or a break-up haiku we want to hear it!

The Prize:

Five (5) winners will be selected at random from entries received to win a prize pack that includes books from debut authors Anna Humphrey and A.M Robinson, as well as Catherine Clark and New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson. Read more below about these authors and the books in the prize pack below!

Check out some haiku examples from our prize-pack authors below!

Anna Humphrey
Got dumped via txt
by my chickensh*t boyfriend.
Virtual <3break.

A.M. Robinson
Impromptu to-do
for Vampire Valentine’s Day:
Buy new turtleneck.

The  vampire swore that
the candy heart said “Bite me.”
Beth, dead, was doubtful.

Judy soon found out
Better no Valentine’s date
Than a zombie one

Catherine Clark
Time to trade up when
You get no rose, no candy
Hallmark won’t do it.

He’s so adorbs when
He goes into sugar shock
Thinking about me

Maureen Johnson
On Valentine’s Day
It is acceptable to
Eat someone’s heart

More About the Prize Package

Rhymes With Cupid

Goodman’s Gifts & Stationery Store
February 14
Cashier: Elyse
3 boxes of heart-shaped chocolate . . . $12.00
Chocolate is the only good thing about this nauseating holiday.
4 containers of candy hearts . . . $5.00
Ever since my ex cheated on me, I’ve sworn off love. Too bad my new neighbor Patrick didn’t get the memo.
1 Valentine’s Day card . . . $4.50
I’m not interested. Although, he is pretty cute. And sweet. And funny.
1 singing Cupid doll (promotional item) . . . $0.00
Stupid Cupid! Point your arrows at someone else. . . .
Subtotal . . . $21.50
It’s going to be a complicated Valentine’s Day.

Anna Humphrey lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and kids.

Vampire Crush
I swear, my life was always totally normal.
Normal house, normal family, normal school. My looks are average, I don’t have any superpowers, no one’s showing up to tell me I’m a princess—you get the picture. But when my junior year started, something not normal happened. There were new kids at school . . . new kids with a wardrobe straight out of a 19th-century romance novel, and an inexplicable desire to stay at school until sundown.
And on top of that, James Hallowell showed up. James, who stole my sandwiches in fourth grade and teased me mercilessly through middle school. James, who now seems to have the power to make my heart race any time he comes near.
But something weird is going on. Because James rarely goes out during the day. And he seems stronger than your typical guy. And he knows the new kids, all of whom seem to be harboring some kind of deep secret. . . .

A. M. Robinson grew up in Indiana, but now lives in New York City, where she works in the publishing industry. She graduated from Indiana University with a double major in English and Chinese, but she is obviously only using the first one. Vampire Crush is her first book.

Maine Squeeze

Two irresistible and hilarious love stories (and really cute boys)!
In Maine Squeeze, eighteen-year-old Colleen Templeton can’t wait for summer. She’s going to share a house with her best friends, earn money for college, and spend every free moment with her boyfriend, Ben. It’s the perfect plan. At least until she discovers that she’s going to be working side by side with Evan, the guy she dated last summer—the best summer of her life . . . until he broke her heart. Will Colleen be able to keep her cool when this summer starts heating up?
Courtney Von Dragen Smith didn’t plan on being single her senior year. But in Banana Splitsville, thanks to her now-ex-boyfriend Dave, single is exactly what she is. And miserable. That’s okay, though, because she has a plan: steer clear of boys for the rest of high school. Oh, and stick to a new vegan diet. But it turns out that ignoring all guys (well, really one guy in particular) is about as hard as keeping away from sundaes when you work at Truth or Dairy. Is Courtney falling in love again? (With more than that dish of scrumptious ice cream?)

Catherine Clark is the author of several novels for teens, including The Alison Rules, Picture Perfect, and Maine Squeeze. Originally from western Massachusetts, Catherine now lives in Minneapolis, and works as a bookseller in Saint Paul at the renowned Red Balloon Bookshop. She occasionally teaches and even more occasionally goes running. She always loves hearing from readers through her website and corresponding with fans via e-mail.  She and her husband have two children: a daughter, and a 10-year-old Australian shepherd.

13 Little Blue Envelopes
Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.
In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.
The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.
Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–though utterly romantic–results. But will she ever see him again?

Coming April 26, 2011: The Last Little Blue Envelope
Ginny Blackstone spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt laid out in a series of letters before she died. But when someone stole Ginny’s backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—the journey came to an abrupt end. Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he’s found her bag. Ginny heads overseas and gets caught up in a whole new adventure, filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.

Maureen Johnson is the author of The Key to the Golden Firebird, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Bermudez Triangle, and Devilish. She lives in New York City.

123 Responses to “Valentine’s Day Haiku Contest”

  1. Autumn (whentherainfalls) said


    He says he loves me.
    But on this Valentine’s Day
    he loves me no more.

  2. Carol said

    Just once cook for me.
    Thirty five years and not one
    V Day dinner out.

  3. Sarcasmohjoy said

    Sometimes love is bad
    Or it can conquer all things.
    All we need is love.

  4. Carrie L McRae said

    Oh, I like this.

    (title) I only saw the blue in the Rainbow…

    my words sang color,
    variegated past the depths
    of my soulful blue

  5. Happy S.A.D
    Thats Singles Awareness Day,
    For the sad singles.

    😉 Yup, I suck at writing haikus.

  6. It’s Valentine’s Day
    Some girls will get presents, but
    I will get nothing

  7. No amount of flowers or chocolate
    will show you how much you mean to me
    happy valentines day my love

  8. Jessica Wynn said


    Her eyes say jealous
    His arm tightens around me
    It’s good to be queen

  9. Wanna be loved and
    get free candy and much more?
    Be my Valentine.

  10. Jessica Wynn said


    hearts left breathless
    eyes of a new tomorrow
    I’m so glad you’re mine.

  11. Katie Young said

    so i wrote a few, i hope that’s okay.
    i just couldn’t decide which one to choose!

    to what do i owe
    such pleasures, such devotion
    that lights up my heart?

    a rich bittersweet,
    cacao intoxication,
    for only three bucks.

    yes, our hands intwined,
    your eyes smiling at mine,
    my dear valentine.

  12. Kate Alyce said

    A saint was martyred.
    Hallmark has drooled ever since.
    Money conquers all.

  13. Inkpop username: jkosinski

    Title: It Took Him Loving Me


    Seventeen years I spent
    Without one lone Valentine
    Until now, with him.

  14. Inkpop Username: jkosinski

    Title: It Took Him Loving Me


    Seventeen years spent
    Without one lone Valentine
    Until now, with him.

    (This is an update because I forgot to remove a syllable in the first line.)

  15. Wendy V said

    romantic evening
    curled on the couch
    just me and Ben & Jerry

    You can’t deny yourself some ben & jerry ❤

  16. Jean Perez said

    I wish you were here
    to fill up this emptiness.
    The future’s unclear.

  17. Lindsi said

    Roses are red, but
    Zombies are after your brain.
    Flowers can’t save you.

    I love Haiku! This was fun =)

  18. Jean Perez said

    Impossible truths.
    Impossible distances.
    Impossible love.

  19. Cassie said

    Our hands intertwined
    Your kiss lingers on my lips
    A touch filled with bliss

  20. Stephanie said

    Inkpop name: Starraye

    title=””>Within a Little Time

    Speak to him today
    Just give him some time to see
    You will never be

  21. Elise Middleton said

    Here’s Valentines Day
    Mushy love notes are written
    Yet I sit alone

  22. Kelsey said

    Valentines day, baby
    You have five seconds, kiss me
    Tell me you love me

  23. Amber Elzinga said

    Inkpop username: roadslesstakenx

    Your love fills my soul
    Your kisses keep me going
    But where are you now?

  24. Brandon Moss said

    Through dark we feel death
    for no sight is in our grasp
    But light souls keep breath

  25. Jean Perez said

    Lovers intertwined.
    Undeniable passion.
    Simply passing time.

  26. Zac Roberts said

    If they’re were no love
    We’d scream for rain hearts above
    Please please pour more love

  27. Morgan McKenna said

    Stolen Kisses and
    Roses the color of love
    is how we spent the day.

  28. Ashley Nicole said

    Well, I love the “challenge” even though I can’t write haikus.

    No bright, red roses
    No chocolate strawberries,
    Off to bed for me.

  29. Ella said

    I saw a red rose
    With a heart of gold and white
    On Valentine’s day

  30. Anneliese said

    Love is in the air
    sparkles of care everywhere
    spells of pink and red.

  31. Harley Quinn said

    Harley Quinn is my Inkpop Name. I wrote a couple hope that is allowed.

    Haiku #1
    You lied all last night
    No truth came from your vile lips
    Your love is a lie

    Haiku #2
    I sit wide awake
    The sky turning to darkness
    No life in your eyes.

    Haiku #3
    You don’t see me now
    You never saw me back then
    Why do you choose now

  32. Peridote said

    Valtentine’s Day Haiku

    Cupid’s arrow struck
    Blessed lifelong wound made new
    by my lover’s kiss

  33. Anon said

    …Guess I’ve been living under a rock then.

    Clouds tinged with faint pink,
    Lovers laughing merrily,
    On Valentine’s Day.

  34. Carolyn said

    it’s like a double haiku… if that counts…?

    First petal means that
    He loves me. Second petal
    Means that he does not.

    But what is it that
    I should do if the flower
    Just happens to die?

  35. Lycanthrope said

    Alone on V-day
    Going to eat chocolate
    and chill with Fallon

    0-0 Kiss me by Sixpence none the richer just came on Pandora. Crazy.

  36. junebug:] said

    Hearts, kisses, gifts and roses
    Give them to me today Mr. Roger
    Shut up and deliver

    Kiss me O, kiss me
    now. Walk me to the door but
    don’t say goodbye, dear teacher.

  37. Mary Rose said

    Real Love

    When I am ugly
    In the world’s eyes he tells me
    I am beautiful.

    When I am ugly
    In my own eyes he whispers
    Beautiful, lovely.

    When I am ugly
    Even in his eyes he says,
    Love you anyway.

  38. Arianna said

    It feels that time’s stopped.
    Here with the love of your life.
    Please don’t start again.

    ~yay! ❤

    • Arianna said

      **JK! here is the revised version of that Haiku…**

      I can feel time stop,
      Here with the love of my life.
      Please don’t start again.

  39. HoldingOntoTheSun said

    My valentine kisses
    Are tinged with hateful kisses
    Holiday of lies

  40. Kit said

    Hearts are everywhere,
    In stores, on chocolates, in cards,
    but not in your chest.

  41. HoldingOntoTheSun said

    My valentine kisses
    Are tinged with poisoned chocolate
    Holiday of lies

  42. Aria Minter said

    I am boy cotting
    against stupid boys who don’t
    know what true love is

  43. Mrs.D said

    V-Day’s SO not my thing.

    Okay. Let’s see what the “poet” can come up with. . . .

    Mesmerizing eyes
    gorgeous voice, so deceptive
    why were my eyes closed?

  44. MusicIsMe72501 said

    I can’t take it boy!
    My god are you that clueless?
    You fool! I love you!

  45. Kelley said

    Only three words said
    Enough to stop my heart dead
    Be my Valentine?

  46. Emmy Landeros said

    Valentine’s Day poems! Hee.

    Grinning sheepishly,
    He stares at me with bright eyes
    I blush and stammer.

    Unrequited love,
    A love most painful and sad,
    Hurts the heart and soul

    My heart is broken.
    I am forever alone,
    For my Love is dead

  47. Jamie Dodson said

    can’t you take a hint?
    you should be my valentine,
    asking for a kiss.

    inkpop name – jamisonmaggie.

  48. E. Baylis said

    This is weird for me
    I don’t like Valentines day
    But I love him alot

  49. Scarlet said

    Your hand meets mine, sweet
    Lips meet, hearts explode, sparks fly
    Love beckons, hypnotic

  50. Nicole said

    Cheesy gifts hold so much meaning
    just you and me,
    it’s like I’m dreaming.

    (well there it is) 😀

  51. Pineapple said

    Our forbidden love,
    Doubted by the average, yet,
    Our rainbows will shine.

    I hope no one else is gonna be alone on V-day ❤

  52. Denni said

    A secret no more
    Our love is finally shown
    Forever and ever.

  53. darkelfgirl said

    You never saw me,
    I was just some pesky kid,
    Then you broke my heart.

  54. Lydia said

    Breath of Love

    A sky painted deep blue,
    Daffodils sighing in the winds breath,
    Springs pure air breaths love.

  55. kate craig said

    she’s always alone
    crying, or is she wishing?
    wishing for some love

  56. Erin Doye said

    Once again this year
    I sit alone, far too shy
    to say how I feel

  57. Dominique Weldon said

    You, me, forever
    You wanted my heart, my all
    So you could crush it… </3

  58. Galapagos said

    Smitten teens in love
    Roses, chocolates, and pink hearts
    Darlin’ I love you

  59. samantha said

    the candy is sweet
    but the farewell is bitter
    i relish the taste

  60. Jen said

    Someone, tell me, what
    is love? Baby don’t hurt me,
    don’t hurt me no more.

  61. Jen said

    You had a way with
    Haddaway, so baby please
    don’t hurt me no more.

  62. Jacqueline said

    Haiku #1

    I flutter to see
    Those angel eyes fixed to mine
    On Valentine’s Day.

    Haiku #2

    Heated, secret bliss,
    Darkness that’s oh so welcome,
    Sweet fire in my soul.

  63. Cheyenne Asato said

    I showed you my heart.
    But you leave me once again,
    Broken and alone.

  64. Katelyn said

    Heart broken by a beast
    I wither in my pain!
    Love’s fickle ending

  65. Shelby said

    So I took my inspiration from A.M. Robinson. 🙂

    Crushed (by me)

    You give her roses
    Pink is the color you choose
    Unknowing that I—

    In fourth grade in an
    Untidy cubby I hid
    A pink rose for you

    And seeing it there
    To make yourself so cool, you
    Crushed it with your hands

    Her pink roses make
    The day feel heavy, as if
    I am crushed petals

  66. hi!im back said

    “Lets take a love test,
    Let us rate it 1to 10,
    you’ll be the elevent”

  67. hi!im back said

    “Lets take a love test,
    Let us rate it 1to 10,
    you’ll be the eleventh”

  68. hi!im back said

    “Lets take a love test,
    Let us rate it 1 to 10,
    you’ll be the eleventh”

  69. Moonlight said

    the silence had gone
    as your whisper made a sound
    be my valentine ❤

  70. Megan R said

    venomous pink lie
    love and flowers poisoned be
    hearts will break today

  71. wordgirl said

    Change would have been easy
    “Dear, I have a confession”
    He sighed “What is it?”

    Not that I love you
    “That I ate all your chocolates”
    That, at least, was true

  72. Heyheyhey said

    You can’t leave me now,
    Not after all we’ve been through,
    I won’t let you leave.

    There’s mine!

  73. Zar said

    Everywhere I go,
    I see his shadow wagging,
    He is after me.

    Chocolate eyes shine
    As he tails me ‘round the house.
    It is puppy love.

  74. Sakira said

    You made my heart race
    With the power of your gaze
    I couldn’t say no.

  75. Regina Reynolds said

    I tell you sorry,
    But you only look away.
    Loneliness sets in.

  76. Jen said

    I love my cat and
    he loves me. I will make him
    wear a sombrero.

  77. Starlight - Poet said

    Halo the rose bright
    Its petals blossom fairness
    Beauty groaned for love

  78. Starlight - Poet said

    My last possible entry-

    Rhythm of Love

    I speak of this love
    That brush softly across you…
    Like magnetic pulse

  79. Manuela said

    slow exploration.
    I love how you blush when I
    tell you what I want

  80. Kevin said

    To find my heart look
    I am somewhere in between
    The lost and found book

  81. Be my valentine…
    She said with a shy remark
    I dropped dead in shock

  82. Jen said

    If you would poke me
    i’d change my relationship
    status on facebook.

  83. Jen said

    My firefox wants
    to google your twitter till
    you yahoo and bing.

    *inappropriate cricket chirps*

  84. Lindsay said

    Valentine’s Day? Please.
    Tomorrow, all the candy
    Will be half price.

  85. Zoie Gale said

    But just sitting here
    Waiting for the phone to ring
    Really kind of sucks.

  86. Dreanda Z. said

    Love me for always,
    And I’ll be your Valentine,
    As long as I live.

  87. Melissa L said

    Hmm… never written a haiku. Let’s see here…

    Red Velvet cupcakes
    My date this Valentine’s Day?
    That’s what I call love!


  88. deidra said

    Summer is for love
    spring is for making love,yes
    winter is for both

  89. I.
    it’s a bad habit
    i blocked you on facebook, but
    i know your password

    we’ll play each other
    you will always pick the strings
    i will strum the chords

    it’s like a fish tank
    i still check you every night
    to see how much died

    love is in the air?
    hallmark holiday, i swear.
    we’ve enough to share.

    in ten years, you will
    regret how seriously
    you took high school love.

  90. Sara Dean said

    On Valentine’s Day
    I stuff my face with moist cake
    My waistline expands

  91. Tawny said

    Love is a torture,
    Twisting itself in our souls
    only hate hiding.

  92. Linda said

    Special gifts for her
    Bears, balloons, bags of candy.
    But I’ve got your love.

    Nothing can compare
    To your sweet words of our time
    And your teasing touch.

  93. Abby said

    I cannot deny
    That what I feel is true
    My love, I love you

  94. Jen said

    Now would be a great
    time to fake a pregnancy.
    Love and chocolate.

  95. Jen said

    Flying chocolate.
    That’s the funny thing about
    dating a ninja.

  96. holly said

    Valentine’s Day flees
    Again there’s no one for me
    I’ll wait for next year

  97. Jen said

    Your eyes, they blink like
    hazard lights in the rain. My
    GPS loves you.

  98. holly said

    Please just pick me please
    I can not wait anymore
    My heart is breaking

  99. Sooner or later
    Cupid will shoot its arrow
    I will dodge at first

    Sooner or later
    I will slaughter the cupid
    As a self defense

  100. Yokaishika said

    The wonderful smell of a painted love

    A touch of spring and two drops of winter

    It will never die like the reddest rose

  101. Delores said

    Chocolate Kisses,
    Desires feed the hungry,
    Promises of love.


    Driving me crazy,
    This red and pink nightmare,
    Will it ever end?


    He’s the perfect man,
    She doesn’t seem to notice.
    Why won’t he see me?

  102. Lucy said

    On Valentine’s Day
    Couples celebrate their love.
    I am left alone.

    Time and time again
    Alone on Valentine’s Day
    I wish on a star.


  104. Sheila Hare said

    My soul was weary
    True love was not meant for me
    Until I met him. ❤

  105. Decidedly Odd said

    playing in my head
    love songs and sweet lullabies
    that you wrote for me

  106. Jen said

    My lover is a
    pirate. He took a snatch at
    Me booty, yo ho!

  107. Jen said

    My love burns for you
    Like a pale kid on a beach
    Love UV ray day.

  108. Jen said

    my love for you has
    herp derp herpa derp herpderp
    no defined meaning

  109. Jen said

    Never gonna give
    you up, let you down, or run
    around and hurt you.

  110. Jen said

    My love for you is
    ripe with appendicitis
    I think I will burst

  111. Jen said

    I liver you lots
    Humerus, ulna nose, but
    I kidney you not.

  112. Winners for this contest have been selected. Congratulations to Kate Alyce, Lindsay,Starlight – Poet, samantha, Scarlet, winners of the Haiku contest.

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