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Enter our Recycling Themed “Recyku” Social Media Haiku Poetry Contest for Earth Day - Show Your Poetic Talent!


Jenna Smith (615) 880-2439 direct, (615)967-8186 cell
Kennetha Price (615) 862-8763 direct, (615) 210-6004 cell

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mar. 30, 2016) –In advance of Earth day, Metro Beautification is launching a recycling themed Haiku poetry contest for which everyone is invited to submit to our Facebook and Twitter accounts a “RecyKu” which is a play on the words recycle and Haiku. Writers are encouraged to submit their best original Haiku that reflects upon the spirit of recycling.

Haiku is the Japanese poetic form consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively. Originally, the haiku form was restricted in subject matter to an objective description of nature. As one of the world’s oldest regularly written forms of poetry, Haiku remains the most popular form in Japanese poetry. Its subject range has broadened, but it remains an art of expressing much and suggesting more in the fewest possible words.

Leading up to Nashville’s Earth Day Festival 2016, we are accepting “Recyku” entries from the public via social media. All entries can be submitted through our Facebook page at or Twitter @nashvillepw. All entries must include the Hashtag “#RecykuNashville”. The contest is open and runs through April 14.

3 winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and will receive an Earth Day t-shirt and a ChicoBag “Keep Nashville Beautiful” reusable tote bag made from recycled plastic bottles. Winners will also be invited to recite their winning entries on stage at the Nashville Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 23rd.

Example of a potential Recyku entry:

Curb and back’s my path
Leap from me to lives renewed
Fill full to fulfill