Boo that we couldn’t treat all the readers participating in our third annual KHN Halloween Haiku Contest to their moment of gory glory. Your entries — like our health care system — ranged from frighteningly complex to haunting. And, based on a review by our panel of never-say-die judges, here’s the winner and a sampling of finalists. Also, keep an eye on KHN’s social media accounts for more of our favorites. Enjoy!

WINNER

The Motel sign blinks
‘Vacancy For The Unvaxxed’
Norman Bates walks in

— Carrie Moores (@carrielmoores)

Inspiration: In Maine, Vaccine Mandate for EMTs Stresses Small-Town Ambulance Crews

FINALISTS

Silence from the graves
Marks the vaccine resistance;
Public Health horror.

— Jean Gearing

Inspiration: Study: If More Adults Had Shots, 90,000

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