We all have our way of dealing with grief. Some people shave their eyebrows. Some others refuse to leave their house for weeks on end, eating only Taco Bell brought to them by their personal assistant. Others drink themselves into oblivion.

It takes a very special someone, however, to start a poetry competition.

Rainbow Poets, headed by Dr. William Benson, is putting on a Michael Jackson Poetry Contest with a deadline of August 31. Poets are invited to send their MJ poetry of 21 lines or less to the contest (more can be found at the

website). But honestly, whoever thinks that 21 lines is enough must be completely insane.

SFR offers a compromise. While you may feel the urge to write a book-length poem about the beloved Prince of Pop, we urge you to scale back. Take a deep breath. Play with that little tabletop Zen garden your co-workers gave you. Now, internalize these numbers: 5, 7, 5.

Yes, SFR is hosting the first annual Michael Jackson Haiku Contest. Post your comment below with your haiku and, if we like it, you may win something cool! (Some restrictions apply.)

Here are a few to get you started.

Just beat it, beat it
makes sense philosophically
but not in practice

(Julia Goldberg, editor)

You are not alone.
I am here with you


your bedroom window.

(Charlotte Jusinski, editorial assistant)

Partially plastic
Loving thriller since age two
Will miss your moon walk

(Jessica Huckabee, advertising and accounting assistant)

He loved and he lost
all the children of the world
Michael Jackson's dead

(Rani Molla, copyeditor)

Now, show us what you got, Santa Fe.