Bicycle Haiku Challenge


Sustainable Marblehead is calling for entries of bicycle-themed or bicycle-inspired haiku. A haiku is a traditional Japanese poem consisting of three short lines. For simplicity’s sake- use the common 5-7-5 format for syllables per line. The first and third lines each consist of a total of 5 syllables; the second line contains 7 syllables. All together, the poem is made of 17 syllables.




After the hill crests

salt water channel in view

In descent I speed


Rolling through headstones

August-ripe sumac clusters                              

reflecting their red


Guidelines and tips:


  • One entry per person

  • Open to children and adults

  • Submit only original work

  • Aim for simplicity, such as focusing on one brief moment

  • Avoid having the lines rhyme

  • Write in the present tense

  • Consider adding some element of nature or season

  • Keep punctuation simple or leave it out

  • Capitalization is not required

  • Titles are optional


How to participate:


Submit entries by email to:

Include author’s name, city of residence, phone number, and email address. For entries by children, include parent or guardian contact information and the age of the child.  Personal information will not be used for any purpose other than contacting the winner. Some or all haiku submitted may be shared publicly by Sustainable Marblehead. 

Entries will be accepted through September 30, 2020.

Marblehead, Mass., USA