Tribute to Brian Arundel
Brian Arundel "The Things I've Lost" is a great short story. I truly enjoy the way that Arundel utilized the list of things he lost in his lifetime as a means of entertaining readers. I found it quite interesting and have on several different occasions attempted to write a list of things I had lost with similar flair. All of my attempts at mimicry lacked the originality of Arundels novel idea.In fact, It is quite difficult to string together so much loss in so few words and still come off as lighthearted and fancy free. I truly thought it would be easy and therefore challenge anyone who reads this to make there own attempt. There is a link to Brian Arundel's "The Things Ive Lost" below as well if you have no idea what Brian lost.
Read Arundel's Things I've Lost
The Things Ive Lost, influenced me greatly. Although I never succeeded in writing a witty essay about my missing items, I did manage to mimic Arundels list. I chose to write a humorous list of haiku poems I wrote over the summer. It is somewhat shorter than Arundels list in retrospect. His is a short story while mine is more like a poem.
Things I've Haiku'd
SUV, on a windy day. Crabgrass, and having to weed my yard. The web
worms that ate the blooms off my tree. Halloween, not all my haiku's
are good. Rainy Day haiku, no I didn't save up for this one. Wrote
two Haiku's on typing haiku's, I like the rhythmic tapping of fingers
on the keyboard, what can I say? I wrote a haiku about reading a story
about Indians calling cotton "tiny lambs." A cloudy day, sunflowers,
mesquite trees, swearing the Texas heat and Mosquitoes. No, the last
isn't an excerpt from a David Allen Coe song. The kids getting off the
school bus, Autumn, reflections, dancing children and Obama winning the
Nobel Peace Prize. I think Haiku is one of the easiest ways to express
yourself in writing and that it enables one to get into the habit of
writing. Id like to say all my haiku's are original works, however, I
get the strangest sense of De'javu from my mesquite tree haiku. Like I
perhaps, had read it somewhere before, and while looking at the
mesquite tree in my backyard, somehow transposed the humor from another
haiku into my own. Is this plagiarism? I don't think so.
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