Do you Haiku? We do.

At L.L.Bean, in addition to having a few published books under our belts, some of us are quite fond of a shorter form of literature: poetry. Recently, inspired by the launch of our 100th Anniversary, members of our Retail Allocations Team got their creative juices flowing and put pen to paper to write a few lines of their own.


You may be familiar with the Japanese short-form style, haiku — the 5-7-5-syllable line format often taught to children as an introduction to poetry. Despite being only three lines long (and a total of 17 syllables), the haiku can convey big ideas in just a few words.


Here’s a haiku that L.L.Bean employees Doug MacLeod and Kirsten Piacentini penned in honor of our founder, Leon Leonwood Bean.


Maine autumn, cold stream

One man, one boot, one hundred

Look back, face forward


Do you haiku? Share your L.L.Bean-inspired poetry in the comment section below or on the L.L.Bean Facebook wall. We may feature your work in the coming weeks.


Happy haiku-ing!


Comments (40)

  1. Karen | January 26, 2012 | 6:46 pm

    L.L. Bean features
    quality, value, service
    and leaves me smiling!

    Bean’s 100 year
    focus on customers
    Proves that good things last.

    The first hundred years
    L.L. Bean’s story goes on
    Lucky customers.

  2. Drew Pisani | January 26, 2012 | 7:43 pm

    1912 first cast
    Trusted outfitter from past
    Guaranteed to last

  3. Tammy Fancher | January 26, 2012 | 10:50 pm

    Great quality, fair
    price, L.L.Bean One hundred
    Lifetime guarantee

  4. Michael Alvino | January 27, 2012 | 12:32 am

    L. L. What the hell

    He failed at first with his BOOT

    Then he SUCCEEDED.

  5. Jay | January 27, 2012 | 10:44 pm

    fishing gear or jeans
    century of sage advice
    always check your fly

  6. Ryan WP Russell | January 28, 2012 | 12:12 pm

    Hiking through the woods,
    Crunching of the leaves and twigs,
    Warm jacket, Warm heart

  7. Diane S. | January 28, 2012 | 10:52 pm

    starting from Freeport
    Bean’s vision became legend
    quality always

    for one hundred years
    Bean’s company grew and grew
    now – fans, friends worldwide

  8. Sandra | January 30, 2012 | 9:49 am

    Yay for L.L.Bean
    Our Customer Service Rocks
    No one can beat us!

  9. Anne Heinig | January 30, 2012 | 4:34 pm

    bamboo pole tied fly
    cold stream trout rise to the bait
    contentment repast

  10. Darlene | January 30, 2012 | 6:53 pm

    Create, Distribute
    Guaranteed to Satisfy
    100 years young

  11. Keith Smith | January 31, 2012 | 7:36 am

    L.L. Bean birthday
    Centennial candles lit
    Wishes do come true.

  12. jordan and shane | January 31, 2012 | 6:04 pm

    LL You Da Man
    Yo Kicks We Representen
    Peace Out My Homie

  13. Pamela | January 31, 2012 | 11:12 pm

    Hunting and fishing
    Fun and favorite pastimes
    We love L.L. Bean!

  14. Brenda | February 1, 2012 | 7:33 am

    Indoors and Outdoors
    You can count on L.L. Bean
    To have what you need

  15. Julie J | February 1, 2012 | 11:25 am

    Fish, hike, hunt, canoe
    Enjoy the outdoors is what
    L.L. is about

  16. Jane Davidian-Yurko | February 1, 2012 | 6:21 pm

    With walks in the woods
    connecting us to our past
    We honor L.L.

  17. Jane | February 1, 2012 | 6:23 pm

    Though it’s cold in Maine
    No such thing as bad weather
    Wearing Beans clothing

  18. Jane | February 1, 2012 | 6:26 pm

    Rugged Bean clothing
    lasts many generations
    with warm memories

  19. Jane | February 1, 2012 | 6:27 pm

    Maine’s snow falls deeply
    along the woods, trails and streams
    I’m warm in my boots

  20. Judy Turmenne | February 2, 2012 | 8:43 am

    Leon Leonwood Bean
    Iconic is Ironic
    He simply needed warm feet
    Nothing fit the task
    So he made his own style boot
    First it did not last
    But now they last forever
    And if they wear out
    All they need is a new soul

  21. Line missing | February 2, 2012 | 9:19 am

    Leon Leonwood Bean
    Iconic is Ironic
    When out in the woods
    He simply needed warm feet
    Nothing fit the task
    So he made his own style boot
    First it did not last
    But now they last forever
    And if they wear out
    All they need is a new soul

  22. peg | February 2, 2012 | 7:49 pm

    walking in the snow
    icy toes in Bean boots go
    melting warm inside

  23. Dan at L.L.Bean | February 3, 2012 | 7:38 am

    Iconic journey
    Heritage inspired pride
    A hundred years strong

  24. Lisa | February 10, 2012 | 9:32 pm

    Rickie Lee sang outside.
    My dream of hearing her came true
    at LL Bean’s All-Star Joint.

  25. Lisa | February 10, 2012 | 9:36 pm

    I love the giant boot
    So do the folks from away
    The Flagship Store rocks.

  26. Jimmy | February 16, 2012 | 8:01 am

    Making the trip up/ to the Flagship in Freeport!/ Hope I can stay calm.

  27. Brian Clark | February 26, 2012 | 5:46 pm

    Catalog by mail
    Web site for two a day sale
    Shopping Bean is fun

  28. Brian Clark | February 26, 2012 | 6:00 pm

    Bean makes great luggage
    Top quality, look and style
    Good bags make the trip.

  29. Seasonal Customer Service Rep | February 26, 2012 | 7:31 pm

    Customer Service
    place your order day or night
    Love to hear from you!

  30. Cyd | February 26, 2012 | 7:49 pm

    with water splashing,
    in Bean’s boots and hat matching,
    showers now i wait.

  31. Albert | March 2, 2012 | 1:02 pm

    Laughing and running,
    Chasing flakes of falling snow,
    To catch on their tongues.

    Albert L. Bross, Jr.
    Age 90
    Haiku on children playing in the snow.

  32. Eric T. | April 29, 2012 | 1:29 am

    Outdoor heritage:
    A century of Bean Boots
    For hunters and all!

  33. Mary | February 3, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    Texas may be hot,
    But cool as a cucumber
    in L.L. gear.

  34. Dorothy | February 27, 2013 | 8:36 am

    pima tees
    soft and warm
    beautiful colors
    Life is GOOD!

  35. Melvey | November 25, 2013 | 3:02 pm

    The LLBean Experience

    surfing and dreaming….

    endless possibilities –

    parcels of delight!

    haiku by Melva Isherwood

  36. Bethany | April 23, 2014 | 10:10 pm

    cold feet, old PJ’s,
    fall chill portends snowy days;
    wicked plush hides Chi.

  37. Bethany | April 23, 2014 | 10:13 pm

    explorer sandals:
    you took me there, when I was
    afraid to go on

  38. Bethany | April 23, 2014 | 10:17 pm

    strangers on a blog
    give a peek of their souls when
    writing three long lines

  39. Bethany H. | May 11, 2014 | 11:59 pm

    i wish the ocean
    were closer to me so i’d
    not miss a day there

  40. Bethany H. | May 12, 2014 | 12:05 am

    wind ain’t fun even
    with goretex, high tech, quick texts;
    i’m gone with the wind

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