A Haiku for Earth Day


(UPDATE: Earth Day was canceled due to rain. I feel a sad haiku coming on…)

Tomorrow is Earth Day, which means a festival of environment- and family-friendly activities at Centennial Park in Nashville. Starting at 11 a.m., there will be live music, a green market of local products, Goodwill clothing and book drop-off, pharmaceutical disposal, and craft supply drop-off for Turnip Green Creative Reuse. (TGCR will also accept ink and toner cartridges and old cell phones.)

Click here for a full Earth Day schedule and map.

BuildMeUpButtercup can hardly wait for Earth Day, because—hold onto your hard hat—she won second place in the Metro Nashville Public Works Recyku Contest for the best recycling-related haiku! Winners get to read their Recykus on stage at 2 p.m., and 97-percent chance of thunderstorms not withstanding, Buttercup is so excited that she can hardly stop speaking in 5-7-5 meter! Who cares if there are more syllables in a haiku than there were entries in the contest? If Buttercup knows one thing, it’s that 80 percent of life is showing up.

Of course, it would have been nice to win first place, but that’s something to shoot for next year. Meanwhile, we’ll try to be happy for the smug poetic showoff who did win.

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