Gorge Haiku Challenge

Friends' 2021 Spring Gorge Haiku Challenge: A Selection of Entries

By bringing treasured landscapes to life in our minds and reminding ourselves of what we love most about them, we can escape, inspire, and unite. The inaugural Spring Gorge Haiku challenge in 2020 was a huge hit, and we wanted to once again help provide a way for the public to stay connected with each other and nature at a time when many are still physically distancing. Read some of our favorite entries.


Origins of haiku challenge

In spring of 2020, soon after the COVID-19 pandemic started keeping people largely confined to home, distanced from other people and, for non-Gorge residents, from the Gorge itself, Friends launched a Spring Gorge Haiku Challenge. The idea was to stay connected virtually and celebrate the Gorge’s wonders by writing three simple but meaningful lines of verse. We even called upon then-Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford to record a haiku primer and offer his own Gorge haiku.