Lazy weekend poll ~ Haiku challenge 2021! :: Now Smell This

Today, our twelfth annual Haiku Challenge (if you like, you can check out past years for inspiration). We’re also happy to include other forms of poetry if haiku don’t inspire you. Have a perfume-related limerick or a sonnet you’d like to share? Please do.

If you’re writing a haiku, pick a perfume or a perfume house (or really, anything related to perfume), and write a haiku about it. OR, skip the perfume theme altogether, and write a (non-political, please!) haiku about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Either way, use the simplified English form — your haiku should have three lines, the first line with five syllables, the second line with seven syllables and the third line with five syllables. You can put the perfume name in the title if that makes it easier, and at any rate, don’t stress over the rules of traditional haiku — this is just for fun.

Note: top image shows Inro, Netsuke and Ojime ca. 1850-1900 Japan, signed Kakosai, via Victoria and Albert Museum.

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