This week’s contest took rivalry as its subject, particularly the kind that arises in office environments.

The winning entry, by David Dayson, engages in a bit of misdirection: the first line seems to allude to one of humanity’s most elaborate and visionary enterprises. But we are quickly brought back down to earth by the second.


the space race —

counting floor tiles

in a rival’s office


Jim Kacian, founder of the Haiku Foundation, says, “I’m sure you will all be pleased for the success of our winning poet. We in haiku are above petty rivalries. Aren’t we?”

The current theme is “anger management”. Send entries to by Feb 25

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