Stay Home and Read Some Winning Poems

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the winners of the fourth annual SHRM 'HRaiku' Contest

By the Editors of the SHRM Certification Update April 8, 2020
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​The editors of SHRM Certification Update are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 SHRM HR Haiku Contest, celebrating National Poetry Month. During the current crisis, when people are in need of beauty, humor, hope and diversion, poetry is more important than ever.

Winners were chosen in four categories. New this year (and only this year, we hope), due to an overwhelming number of entries on the topic, is the category HR & the COVID-19 Crisis. The other categories are The HR Profession, SHRM & Certification and HR Comics & Cynics.

Thanks to everyone who contributed their creative and thoughtful "HRaiku" poems, and congratulations to the winning poets. A special shoutout to our first triple winner—of the grand prize plus first place in two categories!

Grand Prize

The best HR work

Is done in times of crisis.

Advise, support, do!

—Laura Bosse, SHRM-CP, Lewiston, Me.


HR & the COVID-19 Crisis

First Place

Oh, COVID-19

What did we do before you?

You consume my day

—Laura Bosse, SHRM-CP, Lewiston, Me.


Second Place


Employees are freaking out!

Sanitize them all!

—Dana M. Crites, SHRM-CP, Sherman, Texas

Third Place

Pandemic is here!

People, just wash your hands more.

Wait—did you just cough?

—Joseph Lambert, Sterling Heights, Mich.


Honorable Mention

HR is open

Telecommuting from home

Social distancing

—Margarita Crutcher, SHRM-SCP, Auburn, Wash.

The HR Profession

First Place


Oftentimes more Q than A

Sometimes no good A

—Laura Bosse, SHRM-CP, Lewiston, Me.


Second Place

Working in HR

teaches important lessons

in being human.

—Michelle Aronson, SHRM-SCP, Chicago


Third Place

Resistance to change...

HR will guide you through this

toward the mission

—Melenie Hernandez, SHRM-CP, Castro Valley, Calif.


Honorable Mention

When you are the boss

Use your influence with care:

Don't date who you hire

—Karen Bolden, SHRM-SCP, Pittsburgh


SHRM & Certification

First Place

Work hard from my home

Learn more than I've ever known

Earn my first SHRM-CP!

—Anonymous, Stafford, Va.


Second Place

Learning happens everywhere.

Learning is continual.

I'm learning right now.

—Diane Gaa, SHRM-SCP, Peoria, Ill.


Third Place

Type, explain, repeat

Humans needing resources

S.O.S....Thank you, SHRM!

—Gabriela Syffus, St. Petersburg, Fla.


Honorable Mentions

Have to stay inside

Exam is coming up soon

More time to study!

—Jessica LaMoy, Albany, N.Y.


SHRM's premium fuel

Feeds HR's turbo racecar

For another lap

—Christine Johnson, SHRM-SCP, Prairie Grove, Ill.


HR Comics & Cynics

First Place

Human Resources:

Helping people solve problems

That they created

—Sadie, SHRM-CP, Lafayette, La.


Second Place

Summertime is near,

My favorite time of the year!

Who needs a dress code?

—Shay Kearney, SHRM-SCP, Memphis, Tenn.


Third Place

No money, no fame

Employees drive us insane

HR is my game

—Kristie Vann Devine, SHRM-CP, Ithaca, N.Y.


Honorable Mention

Love this profession

Making a big difference

Thank goodness for wine

—Briana Jolicoeur, SHRM-SCP, San Diego


SHRM Certification Update 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 started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. For HR professionals—especially in this uncertain time—it is also an ideal opportunity to build engagement with employees, in person or remotely. For more poetry, follow @POETSorg on Twitter.


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