‘Hope Grows in a Dump’ Haiku Contest

The task

Write a haiku (3 lines total, 1st line = 5 syllables, 2nd line = 7 syllables, 3rd line = 5 syllables) that includes the phrase “hope grows in a dump” as the last line.

How to enter the giveaway

  • Submit your haiku by adding a comment to this post.
  • It must follow the 5-7-5 haiku rule.
  • It must include “hope grows in a dump” as its last line.
  • Spelling and grammar count.
  • G-rated, please.
  • One entry per person. If you post multiple entries, you will be disqualified.
  • Provide a valid email address in the Email address field.
  • U.S. entrants only.
  • Rules and deadlines subject to change without notice.


  • I’ll choose my ten favorite entries and list them in a poll.
  • You’ll decide the winners by picking your top three entries in that poll.
  • Each of the three winners will receive The Office 2010 Calendar!
    (I get to pick the exact calendar.)

Deadline to submit your entry

Submit your entry by Sunday, March 21, 11pm PT.

Once I accept your entry, it will become immediately visible.


  1. The leads are gone but
    Andy and erin’s kiss proves
    Hope grows in a dump

  2. Fight with wooden spool
    Bean bag chair shared, others kiss
    Hope grows in a dump

  3. Haiti buildings fall,
    But children dance in sunshine,
    Hope grows in a dump.

  4. Even when life sucks
    and you have no one to love
    Hope grows in a dump

  5. Constupation you made me sick
    Now I can cancel that doctor’s appointment
    Hope grows in a dump.

  6. Having a compost pile rocks.
    You get free fertilizer all the time.
    Hope grows in a dump.

  7. (I’m Canadian but could not resist this one just for fun)

    longing for the days
    of Mozart and Mozart’s friend
    hope grows in a dump

  8. Shouldn’t be in there
    Michael Scott- That’s what she said
    Hope grows in a dump

  9. Don’t you know the place
    Where trash become dreams and love
    Hope grows in a dump

  10. Jim says “Bye, Karen!”
    And Pam gets her first date. Swoon–
    Hope grows in a dump.

  11. (also Canadian, but I just couldn’t help myself!)

    well I do declare!
    It’s incalculable, how
    hope grows in a dump.

  12. “It’s not my career…”
    But she winks from reception.
    Hope grows in a dump.

  13. Oops! Try this again:

    Desperate for weekend.
    Happy respite! Thursday Night!
    Hope grows in a dump.

  14. Correction: I did not mean to include the word “really” in the first line of my haiku!

  15. Correction: Beets, not Beats. Gah! sorry tanster.
    (This isn’t a second entry!!) Don’t count me out please!

  16. not sure if my correction went through: Beets, not Beats. I don’t mean to post again, but I really thought I had a good one and I know spelling counts…I’m gonna “beat” myself over the head for this one. lol.

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