Haiku Competition


Haiku Poetry

Haiku is a unique form of poetry created in Japan during the Edo period (15th to 17th century) by Matsuo Basho. Later, during the late 1800s to early 1900s, it became more widely known in its current format of 17 syllables, consisting of three lines of verse arranged in a 5/7/5 syllabic pattern.

Originally, a “seasonal word” would be included in the Haiku to indicate the time of year in which the poem referred. Because of this nature and the four seasons are very important to Haiku poetry.

Due to their condensed style, Haiku express the depths of human emotion or the beauty of nature in a distinctive way, allowing this literary form to gain a popular appeal in many other countries around the world.

Some simple examples for the WPC are:

Summer rains come down (5 syllables)
Parkinson minds connecting (7 syllables)
Births friendships anew (5 syllables)


Parkinson science
minds open for learning
hearts depart fuller

With a limitation of just 17 syllables, you are encouraged to concentrate the essence of what you want to express to share a whole picture.

WPC Haiku Competition

In honor of the WPC going to Japan for the 5th World Parkinson Congress, we invite members of the WPC community to write a Haiku poem to share during Parkinson Awareness Month in April 2018.

Send your poem(s) and your contact details to us via our online submission link.

We look forward to hearing from you.

What will we do with your poem?

  • Our favorite poem will be printed in the Final Program.
  • Honorary Mentions will be shared on the WPC website, at the WPC 2019 and on WPC social media page(s).
  • All poems will be shared on WPC social media pages.

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