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Hawkeye Haiku Contest Past Winners

2022 Hawkeye Haiku Contest Winners

Grades 3 & 4

Streets filled with people
happiness every new year
a fresh year awaits

William B., Iowa

Grades 5 & 6

Small spark soars skyward
Color blossoms through twilight
Snowflakes flutter down

Emma Y., Iowa

Grades 7 & 8

Sparklers fizzle as
minute and hour hands meet,
lighting a new night

Emma H., Iowa

Grades 9–12

Lights flash, children laugh
All swear by resolutions
All remains the same

Elijah L., Iowa


Our laugh lines deeper,
We celebrate the gray hair.
Signs of a year lived.

Samantha Swartz (18BS), Iowa

2021 Hawkeye Haiku Contest Winners

Grades 3&4

Arctic Fox
The snow shines bright white
An ear pops up, then a tail
Gone in a flurry

Emma Y., Iowa

Grades 5&6

Fall lays down to sleep
The tree branches bare of leaves
Winter awakens..

Owen H., Iowa

Grades 7&8

Bare, shivering trees
Dark clouds gather; north wind blows
Everything bathed white

Jonathan W., Iowa

Grades 9–12

Look. Past the chill find
Portals of light through dark days –
Windows in winter.

Maya M., California


darkness comes early
snow sifts through halos of light
home and hearth beckon

Cheryl Lindo (94MA)

2020 Hawkeye Haiku Contest Winners

3rd-4th grades: Oceana Z., Iowa

Leaves turning bright red,
Drifting their way to the grass,
Trees saying goodbye.

5-6th grades: Lillian H., Iowa

Swaying is the breeze,
summer hands over her crown,
succumbing to fall.

7-8th grades: Eleanor S., Minnesota

From windswept tree tops
Leaves of solemn silence fall
Autumn sheds its tears

9-12th grades: Mishka M., Iowa

They say it is "fall"
Leaves fall down but for new lives
I say it is "rise"

Adult: Lindsey Moore (03BA)

Crisp air bites the nose,
Crunchy leaves beneath cold toes.
Fall hues warm the soul.

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