Every Spring Rentschler Library holds its Annual Haiku Contest. Members of the Miami University Hamilton campus write and submit original Haiku poems, and one is selected as the winner in a blind-review process.

The 2016 Haiku Contest has ended. Please check back next Spring for details about and to submit your original Haiku in the next contest.


Original Haiku by Miami Hamilton

The Haiku on this page were submitted for the Rentschler Library Haiku Contest, and are property of the authors. Contest guidelines stated that each Haiku must be the original work of the submitter; Rentschler Library does not assume responsibility for false submissions.

2016 Winner

Megan Boggs
I call mountains home.
Hills gathered like slept in sheets,
I’ve been gone too long

2015 Winner

Kathryn Lanning
Wisdom rose gently-
a paper lantern above
her timid, cloaked words.

2014 Winner

Austin McComas
Love will warm your heart,
but when it comes to winter,
I’ll stick with fire.


2016 Submissions

Megan Boggs–Winner
I call mountains home.
Hills gathered like slept in sheets,
I’ve been gone too long
 
Cassi Britton
Heaven is the taste
of Bai Hao Yin Zhen. That is,
if heaven exists.
 
Robert Callahan
Trying hard to win
The Rentschler Haiku Contest
But writer’s block wins
 
Ben Daniels
Morn’ mist hangs over,
Freshly Felled trees. Leaves still green,
What a strange beauty!
 
Nathaniel Houser
Running for President
Leaves fall on her, while I read
To vote, bring terror.
 
Joe Imholte
The final exam.
My toes want to feel the sand.
But, I’m still inside.
 
Evan Jelley
On comfortable
cancer beds we all here lie.
Flowers bloom and die
 
Kathryn Lanning
I’ll sell you masked friends
Within a confessional.
Like me, share, follow.
 
Brett Milam
My toes curl hot coals.
For her, I do anything.
She averts her gaze.
 
Rina Slovacek
Broken heart, Bruised face.
surrounded by broken glass,
It’s too hard to fake.
 
Matthew Smith
the sun shone down the
grassy hollow, then the shade
came down to follow
 
Anna Wilkinson
back and forth we Fight
for my sanity, life. I
never win at night.
 

2015 Submissions

Kris Barnes
Butterflies flutter
speech is locked behind my teeth
You besiege my sight
 
Michael Brown
A Haiku is when
you speak in five, seven, five
and you must not rhyme
 
Rob Craft
snow covered landscape
fog gently hugging the ground
sun peaks through at times
 
Michael Gadd
If I study more,
instead of writing haikus
I will pass the test.
 
Tiffany Holmes
Life is challenging
But the end is worth it all.
What if it were true?
 
C.W. Kessler
Thou shall not fear death.
We shall celebrate our lives
Until the last breath.
 
Mary Kate Kuchers
Searching for purpose
Finding life in Man who gave
up His to save ours
 
Kathryn Lanning–Winner
Wisdom rose gently-
a paper lantern above
her timid, cloaked words.
 
Austin McComas
“You save the hungry!
Noble one, what is thy name?”
“Refridgerator.”
 
Thom Meyer
teach me how to breathe
as the world spins like a dog
chasing its own tail
 
Karen O’Hara
Ohio springtime:
Walk in the sunshine at noon
Chance of frost tonight
 
Michael Pandl
Finals are coming,
Time to kick it into gear,
And prepare big time.
 
Chanely Rodriguez
The life evolving,
inside my womb she becomes,
spirit, also flesh.
 
Rina Slovacek
Hey, You! Yea, Ya! the
Person reading this. Yes, YOU!
You are beautiful.
 
Jessica Stokyo
Metamorphosis.
Not just for frogs anymore.
New generation.
 
Miranda Wanninger
School’s end approaches
The students are getting stressed
Is it summer yet?
 

2014 Submissions

Desiree Bates
Sunshines and blizzards
Ohio knows no restraints
Can it be spring yet?
 
Mary Bausano
Shimmer, crusts of ice.
Defy winter’s barren earth.
New growth lies below.
 
Terri Blair
Old Man Winter came
too early to the Midwest.
Will He EVER leave?
 
Rachel Brown
Winter’s bride bedded
Crystal teacups chatter teeth
What will Summer bring?
 
Heather Dennull
Howling winds blow cold
Angry clouds darken the sky
Release white angels.
 
Jill Loney
Title: A Long Winter’s commute in 2014
Flakes fall slip and slide
Through a winter driver’s norm
Spring, a distant thought!
 
Austin McComas–Winner
Love will warm your heart,
but when it comes to winter,
I’ll stick with fire.
 
Michael Pandl
Winter really stinks,
We all wish warm weather comes,
A little early.
 
Joanna Schofield
February Moon
Howls, screams, yowls, eerie night songs
Fox mating season
 
Samantha Young
Title: Frozen
Will this winter end?
“The cold never bothered me–”
That’s enough, Elsa!
 

2013 Submissions

Teresa Blake
Classes have begun
Winter cold and blowing snow
Finals coming soon!
 
Sharon Blalock
Ones whom are elder
Dream beyond that looking glass
Found in heart not sight
 
Debbie Fackey
Love is on the way.
I wish it was here to stay,
always slips away.
 
Belinda Flick
Summer time dreaming
fireflies flash and flicker
the cicadas sing
 
Malachi Gruenhagen–Winner
Skies above are grey,
The trees stand like skeletons,
The cold winds pierce all.
 
Robert Hornsby
Finally a new
semester has begun so
Let us have some fun
 
Darren Jones
People of the earth
Awake and arise at once
For the time is now
 
Casey Kinane
The last time I fell
In a bouquet of sorrow
The blossoms grew stale
 
Robert Larimore
In darkness I see
Evil shadows dance by me
Dark angels save me
 
Jessica Leece
open doors prove false
poor keep falling deeper in
morality, gone
 
Amber Lohrey
Books and bags galore…
A new year has started –
Time to get to work!!!
 
Karen O’Hara
Pinterest? What’s that?
Look at pictures of puppies!
Where did my day go?
 
Dan Ruhe
Life dancing around,
Time moving fast, will it stop?
Only time can know that.
 
Connie Webb
Searching for clovers.
Four leaves peeking up at me.
At last, my treasure!
 
Sarah Templeton Wilson
When at a crossroad
look left, look right, look inside.
Your path is found there.
 

2012 Submissions

Ethan Ballard
Never so far from;
As I fall from far above
I never look down
 
Jimmy Barron
The meaning of life
What an amazing journey
Don’t ignore its weight
 
Desiree Bates
Procrastinator:
“You can’t do this in one night”-
Challenge accepted.
 
Tony Bell
Here is my entry
I write this haiku for you
Now leave me alone.
 
Rebecca Blanton
Wild strawberries nap
like plump bottomed babes in
red with little green caps.
 
Alex Bufler
A twang in your head.
The chirping birds feel it, too.
So, dew drops ignite.
 
Korina Burch
Winter’s coming fast
And I have no winter coat
God, I am freezing.
 
Lauren Carter
The best band worldwide
Alabama Capital
my friends till the end.
 
Susan Cavalaris
Cat on a thin branch
A buttermilk sky darkens
a flock of birds turns.
 
Emily Clippinger
Summer days are gone,
just waiting for the icecream
truck to play it’s song.
 
Olivia Cole
Outstretched, eyes to sky.
Cumulus turn to dragons,
on summer’s hillside.
 
Daniel Constable
How do you figure
that pulling a trigger will
make you feel bigger?
 
Sean Day
My old enemy
conquered at the library
good grades once again
 
Lynnett Dunaway
Stormy seas calm down
Peace fills all that were afraid
Till the next storm comes.
 
Kady Eby
white-out sprinkles snow
flowers spring from sidewalk cracks
traffic stops the roads
 
Rebekah Farthing
lost dice lost dice look
see and freeze, frenzy finding
can’t find it. i mourn.
 
Steph Ferris
furry brown blanket,
snow white kitty stomping some
warm crumbly biscuits
 
James Fisher
Enchantress weaving,
sweetest taboo, my love yours.
I, unnoticed, leave.
 
Roslyn Ginter
Experiential.
Lessons lived in the present,
Learned for the future.
 
Malachi Gruenhagen
Hallways are bustling;
Students chatter in the Library;
A new term’s begun!
 
Jeremiah Johnson
A cold snowy day,
Alone, quietly walking,
So knowledge may come.
 
Victoria Kleykamp
99%
Is the majority who
Occupies our hearts.
 
Anna Lacker
Pain of letting go…
Forever excoriates,
Every part of me.
 
Peg Melbye
Oh, tall stacks of books
Soundless messages entice
Beckon me with words.
 
Brett Milam
You are my love bug.
I will always follow you
into the darkness.
 
Emily Morgan
Sin was born from trees.
“Eat” said the serpent to them.
Division from Him.
 
Ciera Moris
Peaceful and Serene
The water welcomes the night
Waiting on the moon.
 
Sarah Mossman
A wind blows wildly…
Girls dance in meadows, and it
rustles golden hair…
 
Ross Muron
Misanthropic thoughts
surge, this is not for facebook!
Share! Or back to work.
 
Russell Nelson
Death’s seductive kiss
Embrace our soul with warm
Immortality;
 
Lindsay Noce
It can mean power…
It is knowledge that’s power,
I am living proof!
 
Philip Nunemaker
Within a vision,
ones dreams become awakened
only for today.
 
Dan Paolo
Old deceitful friend,
How many masks do you wear?
You do not fool me.
 
Nic Pater
bracketed with web
in corners dark they flicker
spun caught in cold light
 
Amber Porter
stand tall citizen
demand liberty and truth
native terrorist
 
Brian Reeves
The soldier seeks death
A demon helps him find it
Mephistopheles
 
Josie Ridgeway
It devours swiftly.
corroding my very soul,
Time is a sly fox.
 
Patricia Riegert
The touch of your hand,
that loving, sensuous touch
melts my heart, always.
 
Michael Roberts
The Sound. A child cries,
Joy and laughter fill the room,
A new life is born.
 
Joshua Ruff
Eligance is true.
Beauty is a rarity.
Honesty is you…
 
Dan Ruhe
I peer in my soul,
To see what I may find in there,
Now I’m in therapy
 
Courtney Sawyers
Cold October rain
autumn trees shed golden leaves
from bare, bony frames
 
Michael Schmidt
Past diamond diced fence
There sits a cubist city.
My hope lies therein…
 
Joanna Schofield–Winner
Little brown mushrooms
blanketing the forest floor
I ate your poison
 
Kate Schulte
An old woman dies…
A precious baby is born,
with grandmother’s eyes.
 
Ethan Sellers
Whack, whack, sounds the axe.
Wood splintered, pain, leaves weeping
broken heart, will, CRASH!
 
Danielle Siereveld
I can’t find my words,
but every time I’m with you,
You find them for me.
 
Shane Smith
Corruption runs wild
In this country that I love
God bless this country.
 
Darrel Spangler
Though we may have wings
We fly very near the ground
No need for such heights.
 
Sarah Specter
I wish for no rain.
No more slopping, no more mud,
I just want the sun.
 
Kim Thompson
Even when you’re mad
your smile still warms me inside
like hot chocolate.
 
Dawn Tsirelis
A road not taken
For to teach a child to stand
Ends with beginnings.
 
Marshal Webb
message in email…
seems like more miami spam,
just a haiku scam.
 
Mason Whitaker
Frozen Winter cold
Shivering mother complains
Why is she wearing shorts?
 
Lee Widmer
Drenching cold downpour
Silent rivers criss-cross floor
How I love to mop!
 
Christina Willoughby
Pushing to achieve
overwhelmed with the dark… FIGHT
knowledge fuels the light
 
Adam Wilms
capitalism.
what does our government want?
cannibalism.
 
Samantha Young
They gaze into the
sky — the stars look back at them.
Love born that moment.
 

2011 Submissions

Uriah Bisson
Give it all you got
Seek and achieve all your dreams
Don’t stop believing
 
Deborah Brown
Summer breeze blowing
The flowers flow with the breeze
Forms summer fragrance
 
Judy Ann Carrier
People surely love
to talk, it’s a social tool
Remember gossip’s cruel.
 
Jordan Cavalaris
I wake, my eyes now
Open to the world around
A global village.
 
Terra Collins
Footsteps in the snow
Tracing our dreams on campus
Brilliant flakes of hope
 
Daniel Constable
Put one in the sky
Fine light green and a brown wrap
Two friends and a light
 
Amanda Diaz
College Diploma
A path anyone can take
Your key to success
 
D.J. Ferguson
Science rules the world
Discovering what is real
The future awaits.
 
Leslie Ford
Here alone I sit,
waiting for the rain to stop,
waiting for the sun.
 
Malachi Gruenhagen
Icy roads in winter;
Far too many car accidents
On I-75
 
Kyle Hagedorn
The turtle sleeps soundly
Upon his throne of driftwood;
The waterfall nears
 
Lew Alan Henderson
Earth’s north point does point
from the Earth’s flattend point which
points to Polaris
 
Rachael Herrle–Winner
Love, I don’t know it
I taste the word, spit it out
It burns in my cheek.
 
Anthony Howard
Soul free, silent rain.
Rats on stilts can see me now,
isn’t that insane?
 
Joe Imholte
This little iPod
bursting with songs from The Shins
has become my life.
 
Olivia Mann
Upon letting go
By the song of freedom, then
carried by love; flew.
 
Niki Marengo
Fragrant cool spring breeze
Eyes shut toward the warm sun
Weightless on a swing
 
Ashley Marlar
Happiness is life.
Without it, what would life be?
Would it even be?
 
Brett Milam
Do not send a text.
Do not friend me on Facebook.
Just connect with me.
 
Philip Nunemaker
Within in vision;
one dreams to be awakened,
only for today.
 
John Overbeck
Deep beneath the waves,
The soul’s love awaits; heart, lungs,
Hemorrhage life’s desire.
 
Iris Patton
If the snow should come,
Barren arms the trees shall spread,
To greet the first flakes.
 
Jamie Pickett
Embrace love and light
Allow your soul to ascend
Live in harmony.
 
Danielle Siereveld
Snow has gone away,
and daffodils come to play–
spring is on it’s way.
 
Diane Sparks
My heart is pounding;
seeing him lay on the ground!
White and cold a ghost!
 
Ewelina Suchowolec
Where are you going?
To the airport to fly back
to my sanity!
 
Bonnie Taylor
Snowflakes falling down
Just like diamonds on the ground
Snowflakes all around
 
Tyler Waddell
The best source for books?
Go to Rentschler Library-
Always excellent.
 
Matthew Waits
The rain falls like tears
heaven crays for the needy
I feel their pain too
 

2010 Submissions

Heather Adkins
Where peace never dies
Only in my dreams may I hide
To feel more alive
 
Russell Baldwin
Branches of olive
Extend like small children’s arms,
To embrace rivals
 
Bradley Ballinger
beer, wine, alcohol,
at toilet in morning light,
best of times last night
 
Heather Barrett
Geology Rocks!
Minerals, faults, and crystals
that form planet earth
 
Michael Bisson
Class at Miami
Provides hope for the future
Enjoy the journey
 
Terri Blair
Oh trees of lush green
Your sheltering leaves are home
To my friends–the birds.
 
Nathaniel Bruner
To write a haiku
You must use a thesaurus
Not a dinosaur
 
Alan Cady
From the dim recess
Miami’s past son comes forth
All hail Michael Pratt
 
Cleve Callison
Bare trees and gray sky
A flash of red on a branch
The cardinal flies.
 
Waylon Cameron
Miami is loved
Thank God for financial aid
Nice degree and debt!
 
Judy Ann Carrier
Sing the blues today
sun comes out tomorrow
chases blues away
 
Whitney Childs
Somebody love me
Because I am what you’re not
Because I love you
 
Matt Davidson
Autumn’s distant leaves
scatteragainst rival winds,
Near Spring, I take form.
 
Erica A. Dierling
Fate of a feather,
lies in the dampened bracken,
awaiting new heights.
 
Kyle B. Epperson
Bees buzzing loudly
Must be making some honey
Busy little bees
 
Darell Estell
Every river flows
Everybody passes on
the circle of life.
 
Rebekah Farthing
Sun shines, gently days,
Winter dissolves, spring arrives
my heart is joyful.
 
Brooke Flinders
Sitting at my desk
The sun is shining outside
You guessed; Tenure track!
 
Zach Garretson
first five syllables
second seven syllables
third five syllables
 
Lyric Goins
Campfire smoke trail
Morning sun in the tree tops
A druid’s dance
 
Kyle Hagedorn
Old father winter
Will you make room for the spring
And let the flowers bloom?
 
Rachel Herrle
your words don’t always,
break me into pieces,
but lately I’m glass.
 
Marilyn Hess
Love’s empty garden
becomes fragrant in the Spring
remembering us
 
Taylor Knopf–Winner
On the window ledge
The pumpkin seeds lay to dry
The mice make their snack.
 
Christina Koutroubas
This sepulchered soul
Resting weary wanderer
Revived by your kiss
 
Amy Lamborg
A baby is born
Each new second is pure joy
I’m awake all night
 
Shelby Lucas
Dragonfly flits past,
Cherry blossoms all aglow
With mid morning’s dew.
 
Katie McQueen
It’s not just college
It’s my dreams, my second home
I bleed red and black.
 
Brett Milam
I, introverted;,
world will swallow me whole.
Remain looking out.
 
Karen Miller
Tall oak, just last week
your bare branches swayed aloft
Now cradled in green.
 
Lora Miller
The cold air is gone
the weather is warming up
our spring is now here
 
Rhiannon Miller
funny how we are,
We are the same inside us
we are one unite.
 
Mindy Nagle
Evergreen forest
Tall like a god of the earth
Green through the seasons
 
Marcus Pfirrman
Fly, I wish I could fly
Like all the birds in the sky
I would fly so high
 
Angela Rhodus-Senters
Two hearts became one,
Forever bound by loves truth,
Unbreakable bond
 
Linda Rosenberger
You are a miracle
In the beginnings so small
and now almost “2”
 
Sky Sloderbeck
My life was empty,
And then you came to fill it,
My beloved son.
 
Bart D. Sturm
The breath of the blade
the glare of the midnight sky
salvation’s cool touch
 
Timothy M. Teglovic
Am I here right now?,
No longer allowed to be,
Trapped under this ice.
 
Kathryn Thompson
Participation
I advise you to perform
Not be a dropout
 
Connie Vaughn
taxis shriek outside
a jackhammer starts its day,
city’s own wildlife
 
Carrie Vehr
Lacking luster may
Repulse today, but one day
Birth a perfect peace.
 
Daniel Volkman
HahahahaHAAAA!,
Haiku is very Asian!,
Who invents this stuff?
 
Charles Wathen
Wind and sun at play
Briskly dances with the leaves
called to bed must go
 
Lee Widmer
what is it about,
the DARK that creeps around me,
why am I afraid?
 
Changg Wu
A nymph in the sky
Skatters petals with delight
Serene, trippingly.