by Reg Starkey
year old schoolgirl GRACIE STARKEY
(no relation!) made history recently
when she became the first non-
Japanese contender ever to win the annual Haiku
A student at Wycliffe College in
Gloucestershire, Gracie was encouraged by her
teachers and inspired by her own school grounds.
Photograph: Wycliffe College/PA
Traditionally, three line haikus, with a limited
number of syllables, have a strong link to Nature
and Gracie's very English haiku was chosen as the
winner from over 18,000 other entries!
It is now being used commercially by the
Japanese drinks company Ito En, which sponsors
the annual competition. Gracie's winning haiku
simply says this:
Freshly mown grass
Clinging to my shoes
My muddled thoughts
Warmest congratulations, Gracie,
from all at Health Triangle Magazine!