NaHaiWriMo Salesforce Haiku Contest!

February is NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month) which means it is time for the Accidental Admins’ 2nd Annual Salesforce Haiku writing contest!

The Accidental
Admin crew really enjoys
using the haiku

Last year’s response showed
Our Ohana really does too
So Contest is back

We accept entries
Until the end of the month
when judging begins

Top prize as usual
Is a Trailblazer hoodie
Show and you win too

To enter our contest to win a free Trailblazer Hoodie or Salesforce Character Mug, leave your Salesforce related Haiku in the comments on this post, and we’ll pick our winners the first week of March!

Here is some inspiration from last years top entries!

1st Place – John Thompson @latentfuss

A baby seal dies

when multi-select picklists

are used said Steve Mo


2nd-5th Place & Honorable Mentions


2ND Place: Yad Jayanth, T-Shirt Winner

This long-form haiku from @YadCloud had the most 1st place votes & was tied for the win heading into our final voter. Congrats Yad!

“salesforce, who are you?
are you an identity?
a community?

then who aren’t you?
touch? other forgetten things?
what then, a cloud? wave?

are you licenses?
sales, service, or marketing?
are you your users?

you are our zeitgeist;
you fight discrimination,
educate freely

you give back and grow –
hospitals to non-profits,
schools and charities

like a ray of sun –
the corporation that smiles.
you are Ohana”

3rd Place: Cassie Supilowski @csupilow

Apparently the Accidental team hates vague error message emails from Process Builder.

“Oh, Process Builder
With error emails so vague
My death you will be”

4th Place: Pat Solum @sodakforce

We’ll dedicate this effort to Timothy Treadwell aka Grizzly Man.

“Caution trailblazers!
Codey is awesome, friendly
Real bears not so much”

5th Place: Gemma Emmet, @gemziebeth

This one really connected with one of the Admins, gaining a first place vote.

“a deep gloom is nigh
Nonsense is the Apex class
Your admin doth sigh”

Honorable Mention: Pat Solum, @Sodakforce

Plus experience equals
Your trailblazer street cred”

Honorable Mention: Meg McLees, @MegMcLees

How I Became an Admin:

Boss tells me ‘Do this.’
Check out Trailhead for answers.
Now I just do this.”

Honorable Mention: Barrie Robertson, @ittookten

“Part innovator,
part problem solver, all heart
an #AwesomeAdmin”

Honorable Mention: Yad Jayanth @yadcloud

“intern deploys code
‘I tested – it works just great!’
then everything breaks”

Honorable Mention: Benjamin Bolopue, @sfdcgeek

“Sandboxes are safe
In playgrounds is where we learn
Don’t do shit in prod”

Honorable Mention:Barrie Robertson, @ittookten

“Be you an Admin
Or Salesforce Developer
All are Ohana!”

Honorable Mention: Amy Oplinger, @salesforceamy

“reading release notes
so far behind they do seem
to pair well with wine”

Honorable Mention: Barrie Robertson, @ittookten

“Leader who leaves a
path for others to follow
That’s a Trailblazer”

Honorable Mention: Yancy Whitaker @RangerYancy

“Admin two o one
Really want to get my first

Honorable Mention: Yad Jayanth @yadcloud

“what did the callout
ask the failing test method?
“”Are you mocking me?”””

Honorable Mention: Yad Jayanth @yadcloud

“i loved using ant
used it for all my deploys
..until PETA called”

Honorable Mention: Yad Jayanth @yadcloud

“Salesforce, oh Salesforce
how, oh how do i love thee?
let me count with Wave”



  1. Johan Yu says:

    No Recycle Bin, No Sharing button…
    But, they are not stopping me moving to Lightning
    Lightning is the future and Classic is past
    Thanks to Classic that has served me well

    • Brandon says:

      They may have a deeper understanding of haiku, realize 5-7-5 is not required, that the kire is more important to the form than syllable counting, the primary point of the form is to create emotion, and understand morae (not all syllables are created equal).

  2. yad jayanth says:

    when fine arts meet competition, contention can often ensue. our interpretation of arts must be more fluid than to espouse rigid notions such as syllabic requirements. on the other hand, in my own writings I have found that adhering to an artificial constraint (5-7-5) has brought out very interesting word choice and sentence structure. And so when I read a “haiku” that has this pattern (and is also not simply a sentence broken up in to three lines), it pleases me because I respect the skill in working towards that. Similarly, as other users above have pointed out, haiku historically in Japan has meant something well beyond our syllabic interpretation, so there absolutely should be room for haikus here that capture the spirit of elegantly juxtaposed ideas but were more liberal in their word choice. Keep it coming all!

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