In the past year Iâ€™ve spent six months in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Always the dedicated shopper, I spent many an afternoon looking for cute t-shirts with Spanish phrases, but could only find ones with English slogans. I recently discovered Poetikâ€™s shirts – and they are exactly what I was always searching for. Poetikâ€™s organic cotton t-shirts feature simple, life-celebrating haikus, written in a variety of languages. People around the world craft the haikus and then submit them to Poetikâ€™s website; the best ones are then selected and translated into many languages. My black, snugly fitting t-shirt features this haiku: â€œjuegan los niÃ±os â€“ sobre el mismo jardin â€“ en que hubo guerraâ€ â€“ â€œthe children play â€“ in the same garden â€“ where there was once war.â€ Profound, right?
Find the globally inspired, haiku-decorated t-shirts at poetik.org.