Hercules’ Haiku

If you are interested in winning your very own copy of Hulk Hercules: Professional Wrestler, Sonya Sipes, Cats Curious Publisher, is hosting a contest right here, right now.

Your labor? Write a haiku about one of the 12 labors of Hercules, the subject of the novel. In case you need a haiku refresher, the structure is 5-7-5 in terms of syllables.

I’ll be very interested to see how words like Stygian and Cerebus work into haikus.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

3 thoughts on “Hercules’ Haiku”

  1. First of twelve labours:
    Slaying the Nemean Lion;
    Bringing back its pelt.

    Labour Number Two:
    To kill Lake Lerna’s Hydra –
    Nine-headed serpent.

    Hind of Artemis;
    Golden beast that lived in Greece;
    Was it a reindeer?

    Chiron gives advice;
    Raging Erymanthian Boar…
    “Catch it in thick snow!”

    Augean stables;
    Thirty years of dung to clean…
    Rivers wash out filth.

    Slay Stymphalian Birds;
    Beaks of bronze and metal barbs…
    Scared them off with noise.

    On to seventh task:
    Caught Cretan Bull with bare hands;
    Hera refused it.

    Man-eating horses,
    Also known as Mares of Thrace…
    He taped their mouths shut.

    Admeta wants it;
    Girdle of Amazon Queen.
    Hera interfered!

    The Monster Geryon
    Had herds that Heracles stole…
    After killing him.

    Stealing the apples
    From Orchard of Hesperides
    Eleventh labour.

    Capture Cerberus…
    The three-headed dog of Hades;
    Thus, ends our story!

  2. Hello! This came up when I was looking for something else. Stygian not included, but Cerebus is – so did I win, and I missed the e-mail because I lost access to my old address (long story)?

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