FLEX YOUR CREATIVE MUSCLE: ENTER IN THE KNOW’S HAIKU CONTEST! Do you have a flair for the creative? A way with words? Or a desire to express yourself along with a passion for diabetes education? If you said yes to any—or all—of these questions, it’s time to flex your creative muscle by entering In the Know’s First-Ever Diabetes Educator Haiku Contest!

Haiku, which originated in Japan in the mid-1600s, is a short, non-rhyming poem consisting of 3 lines:

  • Line 1: 5 syllables
  • Line 2: 7 syllables
  • Line 3: 5 syllables

Please send your entries for In the Know’s First-Ever Diabetes Educator Haiku Contest to IntheKnow@medtronic.com. Please submit no later than June 30, and include your name/credentials, location, and contact information. Happy creating!
In the Know’s Haiku Contest offers a modern twist on this ancient art. While traditional haiku focuses on nature and symbolism, all this contest requires is that you follow the traditional haiku format while sharing something important to you about diabetes education—whether it’s a visual image, a strong emotion, or a funny or poignant observation.

If you haven’t thought much about haikus since middle school and need a refresher, you can find some helpful information here. Even more advice about haiku-writing can be found here… but as long as you put your heart into your poetic pursuit and talk about diabetes education, there’s no doubt that it will be wonderful!

Winners of the Haiku Contest will receive some super-useful plastic food models—and of course, unparalleled fame and accolades—for their poetry prowess. We also will share as many entries as possible in a future issue… because it’s always fun to read the work of your colleagues and/or to see your own name “in print.”

For a little inspiration, members of the Advisory Board for this issue of In the Know share haikus below that they wrote about diabetes education. A haiku may consist of just a single 5-7-5 verse, as with these examples—or a few of them woven together to carry through a theme. Feel free to enter a single haiku or many, in whatever format you prefer—it’s up to you!

By Laurel Messer, RN, MPH, CDE:

  • That wisp of red hair
  • Down my hallway spins with glee
  • New pump for life
By Heather Leclerc, MS, RD, CDE:

  • Educator said
  • Sensor readings going down
  • I am happy now!
By Holly Jakits, MS, RD, CDE:

  • Moments when unsure
  • Support will always be here
  • But it’s you that can

Now it’s your turn. Express yourself: Take part in a fun and creative way to share universal diabetes educator experiences in a unique way!

How to write a haiku poem. WikiHow. http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Haiku-Poem. Accessed April 22, 2015.
Michael Dylan Welch. How to write a haiku. Haiku World. http://www.haikuworld.org/begin/mdwelch.tentips.html. Accessed April 22, 2015.