This year, The Post and Courier wanted to try something a little different when it came to looking back at 2011.

So we took a cue from The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., and asked our readers to submit haikus about the year that was. We weren’t quite sure what to expect, but no one could have predicted what happened.

Our readers sent in almost 800 submissions. After weeding out the ones that didn’t have the right syllable counts or had bad language, we still wound up with 758 total entries; 344 of which came from classrooms and children around the Lowcountry.

Obviously, we don’t have enough space to fit them all here, so we chose a few of our favorites to include below. You can download and view all of them. We've separated the submissions into two PDF files, one containing the adult submissions and the other containing haikus from children.

 

 

From darkness to light

eyes are now open. Let’s now

try to make it right.

Sherri Bardsley,

Summerville

 

Citadel is scarred

Sex scandal comes back from past

To hide is to lie

Becky Maley,

Moncks Corner

 

 

His innovations

Changed my world forevermore

Steve Jobs iTouched me

Jeannette Sink,

Charleston

 

Steve Jobs has left us

to ponder whether death is

but another app.

Sharon Bartshe,

Johns Island

 

 

Cruise ship dilemma:

Is it possible to end?

Sail on, my dear friend.

Marianne Albrecht,

Awendaw

 

To incorporate

areas of James Island

That is the question

Irvin S. Rosenfeld,

James Island

 

 

Mayor for Life Joe

Says this term is his final

Do not believe it

Terry McFall,

North Charleston

 

Mayor Joe Riley

Taking a victory lap

Around his city

Lisa Laughlin,

Charleston

 

 

There is emptiness

Mom, you are so missed, so loved

Memories fill hearts

Nan Salas,

Edisto Island

 

This year friends have left

But they live on in our hearts

We give thanks for them

Lilless McPherson Shilling,

Mount Pleasant

 

 

Economy down.

Two parties fighting a lot.

No jobs to be found.

Jacqueline Weskerna,

Mount Pleasant

 

Retirement year

The nest egg has been scrambled

Goodbye, golden goose

Ed West,

Summerville

 

 

Love at seventy,

A gift in old age, he said

as he doused the light

Bea Vargis,

Charleston

 

An Army soldier

Protecting our liberties

Still my baby girl

Jeanne M. Baker,

Hanahan

 

 

I live every day

Overcoming autism

It won’t defeat me!

Rhyan Coleman,

Moncks Corner

 

Stage 3 lung cancer.

I was hand-carried by God,

Docs, kin, friends, faith, hope.

Nancy Welsh,

Awendaw

 

 

Streets filled with people

Excitement throbs in the air

Twenty-twelve is here

Lillian Dodson,

Charleston

 

January first

To December thirty-first

Resolutions burst!

Julia Pearson,

Mount Pleasant

 

 

Working, working hard.

Fortunate to have two jobs.

Working harder now.

Erinne Scarborough,

Wadmalaw Island

 

Looking for a job

But no luck for me just yet

Need to win lotto

Deb Cathers,

Summerville

 

 

Long gone, mission sent

Miss her when I’m miles on end

Bare stare ... discontent

Alvin David,

Goose Creek

 

Sunrise coffee’s on

Pets stirring, children laughing

Books, music, peace, joy.

June Sageser,

Walterboro

 

 

Goodbye, New Jersey

Hello, South Carolina

Rest in peace, Poppy

Michelle Allgire,

Hanahan

 

Twenty-eleven

The year I packed up and moved.

I do love it here.

Betty Witman,

Mount Pleasant

 

 

Occupy Chucktown?

Kids, pets, work, bills, school, health, love

I occupy life!

Anne Todd,

Seabrook Island

 

Ninety-nine percent

In city parks we protest

Occupy our hearts

Andrew Dvorine,

West Ashley

 

 

Barack Obama

President extraordinaire

We are so grateful

Alice Shell,

Charleston

 

Another bad year

Obama really must go

Vote in twenty-twelve

John Watkins,

Mount Pleasant

 

 

In the winter chill

When all seems to be hopeless

It is then God winks

Basil Kerr,

Goose Creek

 

I wake each morning

Thank you Jesus for this day

Let your light shine bright

Frederick Smith,

North Charleston

 

 

Carolina won,

I do not like them at all.

Clemson wins next fall

Jay Griffin,

Charleston

 

Gamecocks came to play

on Thanksgiving Saturday

Blew Tigers away

John Wilder,

Summerville

 

 

Zais won’t take money

Haley gives away the port

Tea Party in charge?

Carol Hawkins,

Mount Pleasant

 

Nikki went to France

Our state’s tax dollars at work

Did we win or lose?

Diane L. Thomas,

Summerville

 

 

Construction nightmare,

Orange cones are everywhere,

Makes me curse and swear!

Lynn Tindal,

Moncks Corner

 

Horns honking loudly

Impatient drivers fuming

Rush hour, 6 p.m.

Donna Turner,

Summerville

 

 

A glorious year

First our seals killed Bin Laden

Kim Jong Il died. Peace.

Jonah Crosby,

Georgetown

 

GOP pundits

Pay homage to the fallen

But nothing for war.

Jay West,

Mount Pleasant

 

 

Winds up, waves are high

Irene is nearing land fall

Turtle nests are gone

Teresa McKenzie,

Isle of Palms

 

What a lucky year,

Hurricane-free in Chucktown.

Luck don’t run out now!

Patricia Kotila,

Johns Island

 

 

Glancing at the lights

People staring and pointing

The most gorgeous glow

Katie Krawcheck,

Ashley Hall School

fourth-grader

 

Shining devil tongues,

Sparks and lights licking the sky —

A building in flames.

Linnea Lewis,

Berkeley High School

Waking up at four

Cars driving are such a bore

Where is the bride, Kate?

Jenna Argraves,

Buist Academy seventh-grader

 

Drayton Hall iPads

We want to play Angry Birds

The teachers say no.

Andrew Crawley,

Charleston

 

Holidays passed by

They were filled with joy and cheer

Now the end is here

Rylee Bodony,

College Park Elementary fifth-grader

I went to Redbank

It is a Navy golf course

I beat my father!

Charlie Habakus,

Daniel Island

 

I miss my sweet dad

Is in Afghanistan now

Keep him safe and sound

Allison Grace Rauls,

Daniel Island School fourth-grader

 

Haiku for you, you

2011, you

So sad you’re going

Prudence Criscuolo,

James Island

 

It is hot in June.

We go to the beach to cool.

Then summer is gone.

Mary Reagan Keeter,

Mount Pleasant

 

Warm, cozy and dark

Hibernating in a cave

Bears sleep in winter

Ethan Steed,

Murray-LaSaine third-grader

 

Gotta get candy.

Chocolates, taffy, lollies.

Epic sugar high.

Rocco Costanzo,

North Charleston

 

I am so spoiled

I’m a very blessed child

This is my true life

Kylee Alexis Smith,

North Charleston Elementary fourth-grader

 

Education first

Dropping out bad thing to do

Staying in school cool

Quintina Drayton,

North Charleston High School

 

Art at Christmas time

It’s my new favorite subject

Green and red paintings

Riley Maerlander,

Orange Grove Elementary

 

Going to the beach

So sandy and beautiful

In the nice warm sun

Zhanna Hamilton,

Rollings Middle School of the Arts

 

I see them again

My great siblings overseas

Oh, Bulgaria.

Kalin Pavlov,

Sangaree Middle School seventh-grader

 

Zeus is strong lightning

Aphrodite is beauty

Aries, god of war.

Henry Chafe,

Seabrook Island

 

Kepler two two B

Very far, but yet so close

Looks just like Earth’s twin.

Caitlin Johnston,

Sedgefield Middle School

 

I am Grampy’s girl

We do fun things together

I love him so much

Kaidan Davidson,

Summerville