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Lepanto Haiku - Get a Signed Book!

by Ian on October 7, 2009

In honor of the victory of Lepanto and the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, we are running a rather unusual contest until October 17th.

For those who aren't familiar with the battle, I quote from Dale Ahlquist's introduction to the book Lepanto:

The Battle of Lepanto was fought  on Sunday, October 7, 1571, just south of the town of Lepanto, Greece, in the Gulf of Lepanto, which ajoins the Gulf of Patras on the west and the Gulf of Corinth on the east. The battle was key turning point in history. The Islamic forces under Selim II controlled the Mediterranean and were threatening to attack both Venice and Rome, which could have led to the collapse of Christian Europe. The poem brings out the fact that the odds are against Christendom in this monumental standoff. The Holy League will get no help from Germany, divided and weakened by the Protestant Reformation; or from England, under the self-absorbed "cold queen", Elizabeth I; or from Francec, under the worthless "shadow of the Valois", King Charles IX. But a surprise hero rises to the occasion: the "last knight of Europe", twenty-four-year-old Don John of Austria, illegitimate son of Emperor Charles V, who miraculously leads the Christian forces to victory.

The contest consists of the following:

  1. Write a haiku about either the Battle of Lepanto or the Rosary.
  2. Post the haiku on your blog or Facebook account and link back to this post.
  3. Leave a comment on this post pointing to your poem just so we make sure that we don't miss one when we do the judging.
  4. Only poems written in proper haiku format will qualify. Bonus points will be awarded if you mention a season in the poem.

After the contest ends on October 17th, the Aquinas and More staff will pick the three best poems (in our opinion) and send the winners a copy of the book Lepanto signed by Dale Ahlquist, the foremost Chesterton expert in the country and president of the American Chesterton Society.

We're all grown ups here so no whining if you don't win. We aren't poetry experts but we can count to seven so we will be able to identify poorly formatted Haiku.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

James Aldrich October 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I wrote a haiku [which includes a season, in a way] on my Facebook status and linked back to this post, I hope.


James Aldrich October 8, 2009 at 5:04 am

I have been vainly trying to follow the instructions but I can’t get my haiku to post on my Facebook status. I just posted it as a comment to your most recent post and here it is again:

Turkish bow is bent
Noble Cross must surely fall
Lady breaks the string


Christopher Simpson October 8, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Here is the link to my Lepanto haiku on my Facebook page. It shows up next to my Facebook name on the “My Links” page. I also linked back to this post.


Leslie Brockway October 9, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Posted at Twitter with tags: #lepanto, #contest, #rosary under user name, 0355user. Here goes.

Virtue of freemen
Allies of heart, aspired feats.
Vanquished servile foe.



Heidi Mead October 10, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Posted my haiku on my wall on Facebook.

We find our comfort
Counting the beads as we pray
to loving Mary.


Minnetta David October 11, 2009 at 7:05 am

Lepanto Rosary
care worn, beads and hands
autumn brings prayer filled hours
Mary’s solace comes


Patrice Egging October 13, 2009 at 11:19 am

I can never figure out how to “link to” a blog, so here is the link to my haiku.


Deb Mericle October 14, 2009 at 1:48 am

I posted this on my facebook page along with the link to the contest in case anybody I know wants to give it a go. My haiku is as follows:

Autumn brings Turk Brutes
Christianity seems doomed
“NAY!” responds Mary


Deb Mericle October 14, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Autumn brings Turk Brutes
Christianity seems lost
“Nay!” responds Mary


Brenda Finnegan October 14, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Chilly fingers count
five decades on silver beads
on crisp fall morning.


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