Groundhog Haiku Finalists–Vote Now!

Here we are. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. We had twelve Official Entrants for the contest, and it’s up to me to pick the top five for you to vote for. Tough calls–some were really good, but I had to disqualify them for failing to follow the 5/7/5 syllable pattern. If I didn’t select your entry, it’s not because I don’t love you. It’s because I’m a cold, ruthless individual who has no heart.

The winner gets a named character in my next book (currently in draft form): TARNHELM.

Here’s how voting’s going to work. Everybody gets one vote. You can only vote by leaving a comment on this post. Rigging the vote is encouraged–get as many of your friends to vote for you as you can. The more the merrier. All I ask is that you respect the one person/one vote rule–you’re on your honor. (And yes, you can vote for your own entry.) Voting closes at midnight in one week (March 7th).

Got that? Any questions?

So without further ado, here are the candidates, in random order. May the best haiku win.

Candidate 1
A groundhog I am
Call me Punxsutawney Phil
I’ll eat your garden
Candidate 2
Groundhog Day is here.
Quit messing with my winter,
Brown and furry rat.
Candidate 3
O shadow watcher,
The earth spins on its axis,
But you summon spring.
Candidate 4
Looking from my lair
Unbroken clouds fill the sky.
Daffos soon will dil!
Candidate 5
Groundhog, take a bribe?
For the love of sunshine warm,
Don’t see your shadow!

77 Comments

  • By Anonymous, February 29, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    Candidate 3!

  • By Anonymous, February 29, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    Candidate #1 — I love I’ll eat your garden!!! ha ha ha

  • By Michele of Quiet Mischief, February 29, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    I like them all, but I’m voting for candidate #3.

  • By Anonymous, February 29, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    I vote for #1.

  • By Abby, February 29, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    number 1!

  • By Anonymous, February 29, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

    Candidate #1

  • By Anonymous, February 29, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    Canidate # 1 gets my vote. Awesome!

  • By debkin, February 29, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

    Candidate #1!

  • By GCC, February 29, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

    Candidate #5 all the way.

  • By Dad, February 29, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

    #4!

    But I don’t think I’m going to round up friends to vote. If it wins, it wins fair and square!

  • By Anonymous, February 29, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    #1 Debbie!

  • By Anonymous, February 29, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    Easy, number one

  • By Unknown, February 29, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

    My mom! Number 1

  • By Anonymous, February 29, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    Number 3.

  • By Anonymous, February 29, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    No. 1 is the only sane choice.

  • By Stinson Family, February 29, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

    Number #1.

  • By Anonymous, February 29, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

    I vote 3.

  • By Anonymous, February 29, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

    Number 1, of course!
    Peachon Feb.29, 2012

  • By Tricia, February 29, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    Obviously number 5. And there are two of us here (really–cross my heart, we are both real, grown-up people so count this vote as two).

  • By alicia kelly, March 1, 2012 @ 12:34 am

    There once was a ground hog named Phil
    I think he’s undergroud still
    But today there’s no sun
    My vote is for Number one!

    AK in SR

  • By Fredjikrang, March 1, 2012 @ 1:50 am

    Number 3 by a long shot! :D

  • By Kathleen, March 1, 2012 @ 2:37 am

    Number 3!!

  • By Unknown, March 1, 2012 @ 3:57 am

    Go Debbie!!!! #1

  • By Anonymous, March 1, 2012 @ 3:59 am

    numba 1 for sure!

  • By Anonymous, March 1, 2012 @ 4:16 am

    candidate number 1 !! eat your garden hahaha

  • By Anonymous, March 1, 2012 @ 4:34 am

    3!!!!

  • By Mummy., March 1, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    I vote for number 1 of course!

  • By Mummy., March 1, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    Number 1, Number 1 Number 1!!!

  • By Aaron & Lauren, March 1, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    Number one! A nice mix of lore and reality!

  • By Anonymous, March 1, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    Candidate # 1!

  • By Anonymous, March 1, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    I vote for #1the e

  • By Anonymous, March 1, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    # 1…….

  • By Anonymous, March 1, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    NUMBER ONE #1….

  • By Bryce Moore, March 1, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    As of right now, we’ve got 21 votes for #1, 7 votes for #3, 3 votes for #5, and 1 vote for #4.

    Vote! Vote! Vote!

  • By Bryce Moore, March 1, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    Oh–make that 23 votes for #1.

  • By Anonymous, March 1, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    Vote for #1!

  • By Angie, March 1, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    My vote is for #5!

  • By Anonymous, March 1, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    Number 5!

  • By Shauna Cundick, March 1, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    #5 wins my vote, I’m ready for Spring

  • By Cheryl, March 1, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    #5!!

  • By Holly, March 1, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    #5 gets my vote! (although #2 made me laugh out loud)

  • By Anonymous, March 1, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    #2

  • By Anonymous, March 1, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

    VOTE: 5

  • By Anonymous, March 1, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    vote for 5

  • By William, March 1, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    Vote for #5.

  • By jbc, March 1, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    #5 gets my vote.

  • By Lora, March 1, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    I vote for #5.

  • By Denisa, March 1, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    I vote for # 5. But # 1 is great too.

  • By Denisa, March 1, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    My friend Ann votes for #1, t says # 5 is a close second.

  • By Susie, March 1, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    #5, of course

  • By sabofamily, March 1, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    I vote for #1 !!

  • By Panda, March 1, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    #1 has my vote!!

  • By Betsey, March 1, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

    Number 1 – groundhogs always eat the garden!! :)

  • By Anonymous, March 1, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    I like candidate number 1, that’s my vote.

  • By Rachel Helps, March 1, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    #3 all the way

  • By Ali and Dane, March 1, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    number 5 for sure!!!!

  • By Michelle, March 1, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    Number 5. Obviously:)

  • By Anonymous, March 2, 2012 @ 4:40 am

    Number 5 for sure

  • By Bryce Moore, March 2, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    We’re currently at:
    29 votes for #1
    18 votes for #5
    8 votes for #3
    1 vote for #4
    1 vote for #2

    Keep voting!

  • By Anonymous, March 2, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    #3

  • By Steven, March 3, 2012 @ 6:34 am

    #1.

  • By Anonymous, March 4, 2012 @ 1:31 am

    Candidate #1 – with love from Brad

  • By Anonymous, March 4, 2012 @ 1:37 am

    Go Mama! I vote for candidate #1! From Meriah

  • By Anonymous, March 5, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    this ones for numeral one

  • By Anonymous, March 5, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    Nummmber 1!

    - Ginnna!

  • By Anonymous, March 5, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    this vote is for number 1

  • By Anonymous, March 5, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    number one all the way

  • By Anonymous, March 6, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    number one

    -from Kara!

  • By Bryce Moore, March 6, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    And now we’re at:
    37 votes for #1
    18 votes for #5
    9 votes for #3
    1 vote for #4
    1 vote for #2

    Does #1 have this in the bag? Barring any last minute heroics, it looks like it!

  • By Peter Ahlstrom, March 6, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

    I vote #2.

  • By Anonymous, March 6, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

    They’re all brilliant, but #1 gets my vote.

  • By Hannah Joy, March 6, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

    #1. Thanks!

  • By TonEye, March 7, 2012 @ 1:05 am

    Number 1 – written by a beautiful woman!

  • By Anonymous, March 7, 2012 @ 2:38 am

    five

  • By Anonymous, March 7, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    #1, Love eat your garden!

  • By Anonymous, March 7, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    number 5

  • By Anonymous, March 7, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

    it must be number 1 – From Brenton

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