Cosmo is photoshopped in front of a fishtank full of bright pink fish.

Hello and meow, loyal readers! It is I, Cosmo, your favorite library cat, here to tell you about a summer haiku contest from the Grand County Public Library! Our summer reading theme is “Oceans of Possibilities” and to celebrate that,  we’re asking you to write a water-inspired haiku and share it with us.

What is a haiku? So glad you asked. Haiku is a Japanese poetry form. Each poem has three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the last line has five syllables again. Here’s one I wrote as an example:

Water splashes blue

Sparkling scales on red fishes

Cosmo’s lunch is served.

Pretty good, right? Unfortunately for me, library cats are not eligible to win, which is a real shame because there’s a prize bag full of great library-themed swag, like socks, a puzzle, magnetic poetry, a mug with cat quotes from famous authors, and more! The bag would be the perfect thing for a library cat to nap on, after pushing the rest of the prizes off the edge of the table.If you are feeling creative and want to win this amazing prize, all you have to do is grab your pencil, think about water, and channel your inner poet! Drop your haiku in the box at the library’s circulation desk or email them to by Friday, August 12. Good luck and happy writing!