Love Poems from Driver to Car

Inspired by the classic Japanese poetry form, known as haiku—and the Honku poetry of writer Aaron Naparstek—hybrid drivers submitted short poems about their hybrid cars to the website in early 2005.

The six winners are presented below. But first, a brief refresher course on haiku. A haiku poem usually, but not always, consists of three lines written in a 5-7-5 format, totaling 17 syllables. Traditionally, a good haiku makes a simple and direct observation of something in nature that leads to a Zen "Aha!" moment and a larger observation about the world as a whole. Here are two examples from the 17th century Japan haiku master, Basho:

Bush clover in blossom waves
Without spilling
A drop of dew.

This road –
no one goes down it,
autumn evening

Winners for our Hybrid Haiku, or Hybku, Contest

Without further delay, here are the six winners of our first annual (and perhaps only) hybrid poetry contest:

Start up in silence
Pull away from the driveway
Hear leaves and twigs crunch

— Kim

Big cars go fast oops
They just ran out of gas oops
Hybrids just Go Go

— Pamela

Ten gallons of gas
will take me to Chicago
from New York City

— Butter

You, in the Hummer,
Driving like you own the road,
come back down to earth

— Kent

Ensconced in silence
I pause a moment, and breath.
Traffic light turns green.

— Joan

Man with a Prius
Drives past many a gas station
And smiles to himself

— PB

Congrats to the winning poets, who prove that hybrid cars are poetry in motion.