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Winning haiku written by an islander for second year in a row

Washington State Ferries Summer schedule runs June 23 to September 21, 2019. That should be plenty of time for everyone to read and enjoy Siri Lindstum's winning haiku which will appear on the printed ferry schedule. 

Siri Lindstrum (left) won WSF's 2019 haiku contest, FHHS librarian won the 2018 contest.

Warm pink rays of light

Reflects on shimmering sea

We watch the sun rise

- Siri Lindstrum

Out of nearly 200 entries in  #WSFHaiku Twitter contest, her poem received the most “likes” of the three finalists on  @wsferries page. Haiku is a traditional Japanese three-line poetry format. The first and last lines have five syllables, the middle line has seven. The lines usually do not rhyme.

Lisa Salisbury (left)  encouraged students including Siri to enter the contest. 

Lindstrum is a student at Friday Harbor High School. Last year the school's librarian Lisa Salisbury submitted the winning entry.  Salisbury says she and the school’s English teachers promoted the haiku contest and used it as an educational opportunity. According to Salisbury, Siri loves poetry and created a poetry website for a school project in January.

WSF thanks everyone who submitted a haiku, as well as everyone who connected  on Twitter for this contest. WSF also thanks Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, who selected the finalists. 

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