Monday, September 2, 2013

Trifecta: Week Ninety-Three

Welcome back, Trifectans!  We're officially shutting down summer this week.  The last wave of school is starting, summer whites are being retired, temps are dropping and we're feeling the desire to make soup, sharpen all the pencils and get down to business.  All your little haiku gems were a serene moment amid all that hustle and bustle and we're grateful for each one.

Judging was really difficult this week.  We realize, alongside most of you, that haikus don't necessarily have to stick to the 5-7-5 rule.  The 'rules' for what makes a haiku vary from source to source, with some demanding a response to nature, others requiring a 'season word'.  For the sake of this challenge, we stuck to the form and the feeling.  Here are our winners amongst winners.

In first place is Trudging Through Fog who took our breath away with her haiku.

Moonlight on the snow 
Reflecting through our window. 
Your pillow, untouched.

Taking second is Jessie from Jester Queen who gave us Where You'll Also Find Me, a deeply moving personal piece.  If you haven't read it yet, please do.  Leave a little love in the comments, if you're so moved.

Third place this weekend goes to A Spirit of Simplicity.  Some people read it as a spiritual piece.  Others read passion into the tight three lines.  Either way, we loved the beautiful simplicity of it.

Congrats to our wonderful winners!

On to this week's one-word prompt, where this week's word is:

GRACE (noun)

a : unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b : a virtue coming from God
c : a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
a : approval, favor <stayed in his good graces>
b archaic : mercy, pardon
c : a special favor : privilege <each in his place, by right, notgrace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling>
d : disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency
e : a temporary exemption : reprieve

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words. 
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post. 
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response. 
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above. 
  • Only one entry per writer. 
  • If your post doesn't meet our requirements, please leave your link in the comments section, not in the linkz. 
  • Trifecta is open to everyone. Please join us.
This week's challenge is community judged.
  • For the 14 hours following the close of the challenge, voting will be enabled on links. 
  • In order to vote, return to this post where stars will appear next to each link. To vote, simply click the star that corresponds with your favorite post.
  • You can vote for your top three favorite posts.
  • Voting is open to everyone. 
  • You have 14 hours to vote. It's not much time, so be diligent! We'll send out reminders on Twitter and Facebook.
  • The winners will be announced in the comments of Friday's post and will be posted in our typical fashion in the post on the following Monday.


  1. Many congratulations to the winners! Many thanks to everyone who linked up! You were all lovely in your own ways.

  2. Congratulation all winners.. For once I read through all the entries and found some remarkable haiku... (remember no plural s on haiku) :-)

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  4. congrats to the winners!!! And, thank you for your nice comments on my piece. Alaska's summer is fast passing us by, but the new season brings loveliness of its own. Several of you expressed an interest in visiting. I encourage you to do so. When you make it to Kenai, I would love to be your guide. :)

  5. Thank you all SO much, and congrats to Christine and simplicity, too. I'm among those who took Simplicity's haiku both ways and loved the double entendre.

  6. thank you for the win. I wasn't aware until I read a comment on my blog. It made my day!

  7. I loved Jessie's and Simplicity's pieces - fabulous work by both! Thank you for including my piece among theirs. :)

  8. Beautiful words from all...thanks to trifecta for encouraging my haiku leap.

  9. Congrats to the winners. I am glad to be able to play. Thanks for the prompt.

  10. Congratulations Trudging, Jester and Spirit! Great haiku all.
    In an attempt to suck up to you all for my vague presence in August, I read all 100 other entries! They were all quite wonderful, btw. I am about to begin reading this week's, but it is almost midnight, and work tomorrow will cramp my style. It is not for want of a will, but for want of a way to read all 80 (and counting). I shall do my best.

  11. Missed the deadline by minutes, but hope you'll drop by to give my short a read.