Stan Kicks it Up a Notch with Some Haiku

From a Haiku website… “Haiku is both a type of poetic pattern and a way of experiencing the world. Closely tied to the Japanese aesthetic of Yugen and the spirituality of Buddhism, Haiku looks deceptively simple, yet can take years to master. A well-executed haiku is rooted in the physical world of our senses, yet suggests something deeper, often evoking the mysterious, transitory nature of all existence.”

Whatever. I just cranked out 5 or 6 awesome haikus in about 10 minutes. Years to master? I think you’ll agree when you read mine that I am the epitome of a great Haikuer.

I’m really hoping to get some participation on this one. Remember in Jr. High (or was it elementary) when you had to write Haiku poetry? I hated it then. But what a great way to kill time at work!

It’s easy. Unlike real poetry you just need to know how to count. No pesky rhyming. The first line is 5 syllables, the second 7 syllables, and the third line is 5 again.

Here’s an example:

Haiku can be fun, (5)

You don’t have to rhyme at all, (7)

Just count syllables. (5)

 

I just wrote that one. It will probably be used in Haiku academies all over the world.  My goal is to do for Haiku what Howard Schultz did for coffee.

Here are some of the ones I did in the last few minutes.

The day wore me thin,

How did I survive it all?

Ah, yes, Ritilin.

Monkeys can be fun,

Until they crap down your back,

Then you must kill them.

The sun shines on me,

As I take my dog outside,

To urinate there.

I love marshmallows,

Unless they’re stuck in my hair,

Then I want to cry.

Squirrels can bite you

When you’re not at attention,

So watch your nuts dude.

Life is wonderful,

Except when you get some mail

With a bomb in it.

I smell winds of change,

Or could that be something else?

Must do my laundry.

Texting is great fun,

Until you text and drive too,

And ram truck head on.

I think I lost keys,

Where are they now located?

In my other pants.

I hope you enjoyed these and were able to derive the deeper meaning from each of them.

Happy Haikuing!

Comments 15 comments

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sunflowerbucky 6 years ago from Small Town, USA

you are in fact, a great Haikuer. I think I'll go delete my Haiku now. :)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

He cooed to his dove

Tenor until his voice changed

She missed his high coo

=:)

Not serious enough? Ok how about this one:

It's five syllables

Or it's seven syllabi

It's all silly--By!


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Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN Author

Don't delete your Haiku SFB. Where is it? You should have posted it here like Winsome did.

Winsome, you too seem to be a great Haikuer. Thanks for stopping by. I am probably one of the few who was able to discern the deeper meaning hidden in your haikus.

A custom haiku for you:

Winsome, haikuer

par excellence, where did she

learn her haiku skills?

And for you, SFB:

Sunflowerbucky

her name uses up first line,

I find that dang cool.


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dabeaner 6 years ago from Nibiru

A great way to amuse oneself. A lot of clever people here. Here's my attempt. I used to live in Chicago. Here's what they have to look forward to:

Snow melts in the spring

Revealing piles of dog poop.

Now rain is needed.


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dabeaner 6 years ago from Nibiru

And haiku can be used to shamelessly promote a website. Of course it will be "nofollow", but that's the breaks. :-(

http://www.prestige-wristwatches.com/

Luxury watches --

Technological marvels

To adorn your wrist.


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Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN Author

Great haiku dabeaner, and good job on the clever way you worked in a link. I'll have to remember to use haikus for that from now on.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

You've outdone yourself here. I have to start writing haikus, thanks to you!


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Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN Author

Thanks for stopping by breakfastpop! I'll be surfing over your direction later today.


Demon Dog 6 years ago

Evans was the plot

Oh yeah Oh yea Oh yeah Oh !

Quiet he was not!!


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sheila b. 6 years ago

Gosh, I'd forgotten about that since school days. What fun!


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Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN Author

I saw this haiku on a Tshirt today:

Haikus are easy,

But sometimes they don't make sense.

Refrigerator.


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lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

I don't remember haiku in school. But then i barely went and it was the 70's and 80's. Need I say more? This sounds like fun and I want to learn it.


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Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN Author

It's easy Lisa. You just have to be able to count to 5...and then to 7....and then to 5 again.

Haiku can make poets out of all of us!

Thanks for stopping by!


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lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

P.S. My friends and I used to say weird food combinations like : peanutbutter and ketchup, icecream and onions, saurkraut and mayo, etc. Does this count?


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Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN Author

Yes Lisa, that counts. But not as a haiku. It counts as a weird thing you and your friends used to do. But I dig it!

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