Metro Beautification launching Haiku poetry contest

In advance of Earth Day 2017, Metro Beautification is launching the second annual recycling themed Haiku poetry contest which invites people to submit a “RecyKu”.

Writers are encouraged to submit their best original Haiku that reflects upon the spirit of recycling.

Haiku is the Japanese poetic form consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of five, seven, and five syllables respectively. As one of the world’s oldest regularly written forms of poetry, Haiku remains the most popular form in Japanese poetry.

Leading up to Nashville’s Earth Day Festival on April 22, 2017, we are accepting “Recyku” entries from the public via social media. All entries can be submitted through our Facebook page at or Twitter @nashvillepw. All entries must include the Hashtag “#RecykuNashville”. The contest is open and runs through March 29.

Three winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and will receive an Earth Day T-shirt and a ChicoBag “Keep Nashville Beautiful” reusable tote bag made from recycled plastic bottles.  Winners will also be invited to recite their winning entries on stage at the Nashville Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 22.

Here are a couple examples from last year:

“Curb and back’s my path

Leap from me to lives renewed

Fill full to fulfill



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