Share your CHQ memories and inspirations in 17 syllables.  Send in your #chqhaiku poem today!

Haiku poems about, or inspired by, an aspect of Chautauqua are now being accepted. Each week submissions will be posted here on our website and shared with our social media and email communities. 

 

How to submit:

Post your poem to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag: #chqhaiku. (It also helps to tag Chautauqua in your post!) You can also email your submission to webmaster@ciweb.org

 

Rules:

Deadline to enter is Nov. 13, 2015. Winner announced on Nov. 18, 2015

The contest is open to all. Limit of 3 submissions per poet please.

All entries on social media must be tagged #chqhaiku

You must write your own poem about or inspired by Chautauqua. If you are helping someone else send in their submission please make sure that is clearly communicated.

Haiku is written in 3 lines, the first and third lines have 5 syllables, and the second line has 7 syllables. (Slight modifications are acceptable).

All poems must be "family friendly" to be accepted.  If you have a question on what is considered family friendly, please email webmaster@ciweb.org.

 

Judging and Prizes:

Chautauqua's Education department will judge submissions once again this year and winners will be announced November 18.

First Place Prize: 4-year CLSC membership and one 2016 CLSC book
Second and Third Place Prize: 1-year CLSC membership and one 2016 CLSC book

Winning poems and honorable mentions will be published in the Winter Chautauquan.

Complete list of 2015 submissions (random order)

food for thought lectures
religion, art, music, books
inspiring one week

Nancy Gilloly

Walking the Brickwalk
Through Bestor's green, towards Thunder
A life changing stroll.

@kdwashingtoo

Henry Mancini’s
Thumping baby elephants
Music of my youth

@ivorygrace7

Reason number one
not to be a soprano:
Tuberculosis.

@ChautOpera

Chautauqua reveals
In Victorian relief
Our modern ideals


Andrew Miller

Cavalry soldier
Sets his Stetson, silver spurs,
And is,"Toujours Prêt."


Alison Albright

Whatever Season
With freedom to worship C.I.
my Thin Place


Sam Jones

Yellow eyes open.
Scan fields and plains for the pack.
Days of summer wane.


Ingrid Carvajal

Walk through the windows
of the old Athenaeum
like Edison did


@AmeroAmigo

Renovate the Amp
Controversy Continues
Hearts will be broken

Jim Nolan

Old bikes left at Club
Busy owners forgot them
Pick one up next year

Janet Northrup

Landscape improvements
Lakeside water garden joy
Help our lake survive

Janet Northrup

Miller Park brick walk
Serpentine trail with dim lights
Bell tower in view

Janet Northrup

Majestic Massey
We worship in your bounty
Shower us with song

Cheryl Matthews Chandola‎

first time Chautauqua
fresh air, lectures, art, music
great experience

Nancy Gilloly

See popular acts
Hear lectures on world issues
Thank You Chautauqua

@jasonpsample

Tiptoeing across
Jerusalem, gigantic
Shadows in my wake

@ivorygrace7

A welcome respite
Her porches bid me welcome, And nurture my soul.

@kdwashingtoo

Vast lands to explore.
All fail in comparison
Chautauqua is home.


Blake Tyger

In Bestor Plaza.
Plein air painters ply their trade
The Art of the park. 


@kdwashingtoo

It's the Sun, the fire
that sets my world aflame
and frees me to its claim


Ingrid Carvajal

My wedding wish is
for philosophers of past
to guide us forward


Gail Martineau

Autumn leaves again
the tower bell rings again Thoughts of friend Winnie

@AmeroAmigo

Back to a past time
I will always remember
For me, Chautauqua

Virginia Dane-Cohen

A cultural paradise
Music, Lectures, Theatre
and more - for all

Frank J. Weinstock

Creating Connections
And Transforming Traditions
Graduation Day

Eileen Tenenbaum

Concert ends. Clapping.
Umbrellas raise. Summer rain
Trickles down the streets

Susan Trinter

On Gingerbread porch
Leafy chaperones bend down
as Teens smooch good night

Susan Trinter

thought I left early
for good seat to see Carol
all lines were blocks long

Nancy Gilloly

Hours of practice
Brings Hallelujah Chorus
Resonating joy

@ivorygrace7

The Athenaeum
majestic royal splendor
the Lake's ornament

Lisa A. Johnson

Ribbons of music YOUR Chautauqua Symphony
Brings us home again


Lenelle Morse

Music of the feet:
tetrapods of teens
Sole touched memories.


Susan Trinter

A new day begins
Ethereal mist dissolves Chautauqua morning


@erjaffe

Fronds of moist pink charm. Reveal the mystery sought.
Erupt in display.

Ingrid Carvajal

Nearly thirty years
since the Soviet visit
and not much has changed


@AmeroAmigo

Fronds of moist pink charm. Reveal the mystery sought.
Erupt in display.

Ingrid Carvajal

"Don't postpone joy" sign
in a Chautauqua garden.
Yes! I will return.

Karenellen Smith

The Chautauqua Porch
Flowers, family, laughter
Summer home I love

Virginia Dane-Cohen

Childhood summers there
Refectory, boats, tennis
Chautauqua wonder

Virginia Dane-Cohen

a crush of voices
melodious hymns; Sunday
morning. sermon ends.

Susan Trinter


2014 Submissions

2014 CHQ Haiku Contest Winners Announced

Thank you to all of our participants for making our contest a huge success!

And the winners are:

1st Place

Bestor Plaza Fish
Splashing, bubbling and smiling
Our fountain of youth

Andrew Miller

2nd Place

waves lap the lakeshore
"Holy, Holy, Holy" rings
soul has room to breathe

Debbie Walker

3rd Place

on pink and white porch
caressed by music and verse
stilled rocking chairs move

Theresa Wyatt


Honorable mentions:

crisp leaves underfoot
I cross to the bell tower
my soul is at home

Beth Benson

Thunder bridge beckons
Season on the horizon
Hasten(s) winter thaw

Cheryl Matthews Chandola

Assemble we here
words tumbling lyrics and prose
thoughts brushing the stars

Mary Ramsey


Vice President
Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education - See more at: http://www.ciweb.org/about-us/about-chautauqua/our-staff#sthash.K8dZ9Ecd.dpuf
Vice President
Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education - See more at: http://www.ciweb.org/about-us/about-chautauqua/our-staff#sthash.K8dZ9Ecd.dpuf

Complete list of submissions (random order)

Strong, supportive pillars
Tulle dreams
Life moving forward

Bobbi

The stories we heard
on the Alumni Hall porch,
stirred challenge and change.

Kevin Washington

reliving moments
of rec room study dates
with the Lettermen

Diane Scarcella

Starbucks before club,
Friday nights in Miller Park,
This is our summer

Olivia Rose

Ha! “Slap”! goes the puck!
and the Erie Otters score  a goal;
The crowd goes crazy!

Nick Schroeck

amphitheater buzz
indicates excitement for
the upcoming show

Diane Scarcella

Walking through the welcome center
Greeted by friendly folks
My soul rests.

Sam Jones

Bestor Plaza Fish
Splashing, bubbling and smiling
Our fountain of youth

Andrew Miller

Chautauqua’s Ken Burns.
Watching videos behind
still worth being there.

Edward Wachter

rain and more rain
the schedule goes on
Chautauqua

Bonnye Roose

Progressive ideas abound
Respected traditions ground
Faith filled voices sound Chautauqua

Sheila Petrocy Green

porch apparitions
conjured by music and dance
wake up at twilight

Theresa Wyatt

Compline's final prayers,
Fireflies escort me home,
Cherished Sunday nights

Patricia Allen Braga

Early morning mist
Drifting over Bestor Plaza
Heaven sun of dawn

Michelle Strelioff

Skis glide over waves
Sun rises at bell tower
Chautauqua lake rules

Carie Oliver Zachry

Pier Building morning
A blue heron listens in
Tall bird; short stories....

Jill Hammaren

rhythms of summers
reverberate over time;
deepen with meaning

Kevin Washington

Autumn winds blow leaves
that carpet Bestor Plaza
Where has summer gone?

Joan Polishook

Our azure blue lake,
A "Bag Tied in the Middle."
In lore is our name.

Kevin Washington

Alas poor crows squawk
Folk seizing both town and streets
Beckoning summer

Nicholas Miller

Boom, clap, Loud Roar! Smash!
Thecrack in the pitch black dark
long strides of thunder

Rebecca Wescott

crisp leaves underfoot
I cross to the bell tower
my soul is at home.

Beth Benson

Rosenblatt has friends.
Tom Brokaw was first on spot.
Others followed well.

Edward Wachter

Bike bells on brick roads
Words of wisdom at the hall
"Chautauqua daily"!

Emma Carmen

Strolling friends' delight
music wafting speaking joy
senses touching soul

Mary Ramsey

Small waves lap outside
Tsunami forming inside
Short Story Group. BOOM!!

Jill Hammaren

blue summer sky
houses pink, green & yellow
robin red breast

Bonnye Roose

Chautauqua Bell Tower
Brass yet golden roar
Chimes of warmth and open door
Our love for years more...

Kenzie Morphay

Roger Rosenblatt
Gave us "The Boy Detective".
A Chautauqua gem!

Kevin Washington

white caps on the lake
67's the high
Chautauqua late june

Bonnye Roose

Night walks by the lake.
Chautauqua is tradition.
Make new ones each year.

Gail Martineau

A walk to the lake,
can lead to new adventures.
Palestine awaits!

Kevin Washington

A welcome respite
Her porches give me solace,
And shelter my soul.

Kevin Washington

Thunder bridge beckons
Season on the horizon
Hasten winter thaw

Cheryl Matthews Chandola

Moose tracks, a sweet dream,
Bells amply glide over waves,
Sail away with me

Andrew Zachrry

"Tranquility now
Athenaeum beckons me
My kingdom has come"

Kathy Schwinger

Bell Tower bats fly
snow melts on Bestor Plaza
augur enchantments

Deanie Rowan Blank

tall trees bright flowers
old friendships new discouses
I flew back ten times

Caroline Windsor

silence embraces us
white rockers move with the wind
another summer passes

Eileen A. Leary

warm summer night
breeze passes through
music lingers in my soul

Kate Edgett

Chautauqua Haiku!
Five syllables in two lines,
second line – seven.

Edward Wachter

balmy summer day
two little girls in a cart
sharing Oreos

Diane Scarcella

Boat rides and lectures
Unlocked doors and open minds
This is Chautauqua's legacy

Betsy Slonaker

On Bestor Plaza,
The songs of life surround you.
Music to my ears.

Kevin Washington

Childhood memories
Nostalgically rush to me
Summer '15 calls

Josh Hunt

A goal to strive for:
Creating Chautauqua's peace
within your own soul.

Jill Hammaren

Chautauqua halls evolve
cobwebs divine decorate
knowledge

Lisa Stark

Meet new friends weekly
Hurlbut Church turkey dinners
Five o'clock Thursdays

Edward Wachter Jr

footsteps behind you
give way to music and dance
moon directs traffic

Theresa Wyatt

Lake glistening gem
Towering witness beside
sole time reminder

Mary Ramsey

Three fifteen Tuesdays –
Religious houses socials
Ecumenical.

Edward  Wachter Jr

on pink and white porch
caressed by music and verse
stilled rocking chairs move

Theresa Wyatt

Bell tower boat rides
Minds open wide
Largo, sounds of *home*

Betsy Slonaker

a long line incites
suspicion of passersby
who may wish to budge

Diane Scarcella

Chautauqua heals me.
I am eleven again.
Brave heart. Open mind.

Barbara Jean

Depressed and Alone
crying as the rain hits me hard
There’s none that cares

Taya Shavalier

Oh, Jerusalem
Center of the Universe,
at Palestine Park.

John Spann

a gaggle of girls
calm ripples on the lake
the bell tower chimes

Bonnye Roose

Assemble we here
words tumbling lyrics and prose
thoughts brushing the stars

Mary Ramsey

symphony concerts
and thought-provoking lectures
ice cream afterward

Debbie Walker

baton beating, bows gliding
needles clicking:
music at the Amp

Bonnye Roose

Wedding memories
Our daughter's happy place
Chautauqua special

Richard J Waltemire

This June Twenty-Sixth
History is our future.
Living Chautauqua.

Gail Martineau

Summer's gracious gift
anticipation surely
Chautauqua awaits

Mary Ramsey

waves lap the lakeshore
“Holy, Holy, Holy” rings
soul has room to breathe

Debbie Walker

First time through the Gates –
indescribable feeling
lasts 65 days.

Edward Wachter

“I serve” brings applause.
Many others we don't see
deserve our thanks too.

Edward Wachter

Ampitheater aft -
sun rays expand across footbridge
like souls filling with truth.

Jill Hammaren

rhythms of summers
reverberate over time;
deepen with meaning

Kevin Washington