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Stan Kicks it Up a Notch with Some Haiku

Updated on February 18, 2010

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!


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    • Stan Fletcher profile imageAUTHOR

      Stan Fletcher 

      8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      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!

    • lisadpreston profile image


      8 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?

    • Stan Fletcher profile imageAUTHOR

      Stan Fletcher 

      8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      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!

    • lisadpreston profile image


      8 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.

    • Stan Fletcher profile imageAUTHOR

      Stan Fletcher 

      8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I saw this haiku on a Tshirt today:

      Haikus are easy,

      But sometimes they don't make sense.


    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

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

    • profile image

      Demon Dog 

      8 years ago

      Evans was the plot

      Oh yeah Oh yea Oh yeah Oh !

      Quiet he was not!!

    • Stan Fletcher profile imageAUTHOR

      Stan Fletcher 

      8 years ago from Nashville, TN

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

    • breakfastpop profile image


      8 years ago

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

    • Stan Fletcher profile imageAUTHOR

      Stan Fletcher 

      8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      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.

    • dabeaner profile image


      8 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. :-(

      Luxury watches --

      Technological marvels

      To adorn your wrist.

    • dabeaner profile image


      8 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.

    • Stan Fletcher profile imageAUTHOR

      Stan Fletcher 

      8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      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:


      her name uses up first line,

      I find that dang cool.

    • Winsome profile image


      8 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!

    • sunflowerbucky profile image


      8 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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