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What Is a Haiku?

A haiku is a poem which has 3 lines only. The first and the last lines have 5 short syllables and the middle line has 7 short syllables (5-7-5). While the lines of haiku poems rarely rhyme the form is full of metaphors and personifications. 

Haiku poems are usually about nature or natural phenomenon but our haiku will be a poem of challenge or protest.  Here is an example:

Thoughtfully we find

Politics are not broken:

Just fixed for others.

— Will Svabek, San Rafael, California

He who tortures my 
enemies is not my friend. 
Torture is the foe.

--Annonymous

6 Examples of Classic Haiku

By Matsu Basho (Japaense Poet 1644-1694)

In the cicada's cry
No sign can tell
How soon it must die.

First day of Spring-
I keep thinking about- 
the end of autmn.

Moonless night...
a powerful wind embraces
the ancient cedars.

Don't imitate me;
it's as boring
as the two halves of a melon.

The moon so pure
a wandering monk carries it
across the sand.

Will we meet again
Here at your flowering grave -
Two white butterflies?

Pace Hazing Prevention

Safety and well being of students is of great concern to the Pace University community. Students should be treated with respect and dignity. Hazing is inconsistent with Pace University's core values and should not be tolerated.

Pace Hazing Prevention

What Is Hazing?

According to the Fraternal Insurance Purchasing Group (FIPG), "hazing is any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of  alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the confines of the chapter house; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual  or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution."  

Contest Rules and Prizes

  1. Your one haiku should be about hazing and submitted one time
  2. Your haiku should be written in 5-7-5 format
  3. Your haiku should be emailed (using your Pace email) to Michelle Lang at: mlang@pace.edu
  4. The subject line of your email should read: Haiku Against Hazing
  5. The contest is now CLOSED.

PRIZES

  1. First Place -$100 VISA Card and gold medal
  2. Second Place - Book of haiku poems and silver medal
  3. Third Place - Book of haiku poems and pen with engraving

Asst Univ. Librarian for Graduate Services

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Michelle Lang
Contact:
Michelle Lang
Asst Univ. Librarian for Graduate Services
Pace University
Mortola Library, 2nd Floor, Pleasantville, NY
Birnbaum Library, 1st Floor, New York, NY
(212) 346-1778 rings at both offices