Haikus about Hanford sought for contest

Have something poetic to say about Hanford? Hanford Challenge is asking for submissions of haiku about the nuclear reservation. The best will be selected by Elizabeth Heffron, a Seattle playwright, and the winner will receive a T-shirt.

A haiku is a three-line poem, with the first line composed of five syllables, the second seven syllables and the last five.

To get poets started, Tom Carpenter, Hanford Challenge executive director, has written this haiku:

Plutonium sits

On the hot desert sage steppe

Amidst all that cash.

Send entries to jeng@ hanfordchallenge.org by 10 a.m. Friday. All entries also will be sent to the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, which will compile submissions into a longer poem about nuclear sites.