Paiku Winners Announced!

Angela was given the judging honors, and her decision follows. The prize pikas are currently being recruited from the Canadian Rockies. – Kurtis


Being allowed to pick a winner in a MudMambas contest is quite an honor, and one that has only previously been shared with our kitty Charlotte and Elwyn. I shall try to conduct the proceedings with the same dignity [sic] and enthusiasm that they did.

The adorable and annoying urgency of the pika was well represented by the competitors’ verse, and the range of topics – from pikas themselves to appreciation of a good (vinyl!) record to current topics in space travel – was impressive. It’s very hard to pick a winner.

My favorite entry reflected with pathos the struggle of the tiny pika and the meaning of his mighty cry: the poem by ktfezr.

Searching for flowers,
through the long winter to keep.
THIS PATCH IS TAKEN!
THIS PATCH IS TAKEN!
THIS PATCH IS TAKEN!

As a bonus, I’ve been authorized to designate a second place winner. In this case I’ve chosen the poem that most accurately reflects my own emotion upon first seeing the film clip about the pika. That would be Floating Lush’s entry:

Oh my god, so cute!
So tiny, furry, and loud.
I NEED A PIKA!
I NEED A PIKA!
I NEED A PIKA!

There were lots of terrific entries (though we gotta keep an eye on that Northrop fella … “Release the snakes”? What kind of a monster are you? Or was that just a cheer for Mamba Point?) I do feel a bit of guilt for not choosing a non-pika centered paiku. The general-topic entries were pretty great, and not any less meaningful than the others.

Thanks to the entrants and to Kurtis for letting me pick the winners. I’m honored to be part of the birth of a new and exciting breed of poetry. I look forward to an internet full of paikus and other animal inspired poem forms. What’s next on the horizon? Sloth-Sonnets? Otter Concrete Poems? I’d like to see your ideas and examples.

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