National Poetry Month 'HRaiku' Contest Winners

HR professionals rise to a creative challenge with originality and humor

Apr 6, 2017

​The editors of SHRM Certification Update are pleased to announce the winners in the inaugural SHRM HRaiku Contest, conducted in observance of National Poetry Month in April.

Winners and honorable mentions were chosen in four categories: Grand Prize, HR Profession, SHRM and Certification, and HR Comics and Cynics. Thanks to everyone who contributed amazing poems, and congratulations to the winning poets!

Winners in the Grand Prize category:

First Place

If I couldn't work

Within Human Resources

Life would be so boring.

Michelle Aronson, SHRM-SCP, Chicago


Second Place

SHRM Competencies:

Know them, improve them, use them.

Success will follow.

Joel Lancaster, SHRM-SCP, Peoria, Ill.


Third Place

Human Resources:

Making the Workplace Better

Every Single Day

B. Whitney, Niantic, Conn.


Honorable Mentions

Performance reviews.

Procrastinate with haiku.

Must get back to work!

Stephanie Eddy, Fort Collins, Colo.


Nothing says "HR

is my passion" better than

getting certified.

Romika Perez, Fontana, Calif.


Winners in the HR Profession category:

First Place

HR puts the "Hum"

Into the Symphony of

Business and Talent

Christine E. Sloan, SHRM-SCP, Washington, D.C.


Second Place

HR—fearless bridge

between mission and workforce.

Purpose and results!

Carol Michell, SHRM-SCP, Issaquah, Wash.


Third Place

What is good HR?

A helping hand to support,

An ear to listen.

Ricki Olson, SHRM-CP, Waverly, Iowa


Honorable Mentions

Who are we? HR.

What do we do? We help you,

One step at a time!

Nikki Skinner, SHRM-CP, Clarendon, Ark.


Coach, learn, stretch and grow

Leadership development

From seedling to tree

—Jessica DeLorenzo, Jasper, Ind.


Winners in the SHRM and Certification category:

First Place

What is the question?

To CP or SCP:

That is the answer.

John Archer, SHRM-SCP, Orlando, Fla.


Second Place


To show you're one of the best,

Take SHRM's HR test!

Sandy Vinson, SHRM-CP, Chesapeake, Va.


Third Place

SHRM HR experts:

Leading people one by one,

We are world-changers.

Amy Dallis, SHRM-SCP, Dayton, Ohio


Honorable Mentions

Competencies organized

Neatly, clearly into one

Body of knowledge

Marisa Martineau, SHRM-CP, Falls Church, Va.


The SHRM credentials

Are now even better. Why?


Erik Lilly, SHRM-CP, Syracuse, N.Y.


Winners in the HR Comics and Cynics category:

First Place

Human Resources

Has the very best stories.

Too bad we can't share.

Michelle Aronson, SHRM-SCP, Chicago, Ill.


Second Place

Purple unicorns

Do not exist; however,

I must recruit them.

Christina Stokes, New York, N.Y.


Third Place

Go into HR!

It's different every day.

Go gray earlier.

Laurie Germano, SHRM-CP, Richmond, Va.


Honorable Mentions

Hiring is fun

As long as they plan to stay

Turnover is sad

Angie Geist, SHRM-CP, Columbus, Ohio


I am not your friend

Neither a social worker

Call the EAP

Cynthia, Bethesda, Md.


Our readers' enthusiastic participation in this contest is a testament to the goals of National Poetry Month, a worldwide literary event observed each April. It was founded in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to increase awareness and appreciation of the importance of poetry in our lives and culture. For HR professionals, National Poetry Month presents an ideal opportunity for building employee engagement at your organization. To promote your events, download the official logo, order a free poster, then e-mail to share photos and feedback. Follow national events with #npm17 @POETSorg on Twitter.


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