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Haiku Poetry by an Engineer

Updated on November 6, 2016

I Haiku. Do You?

Why haiku? I am lazy and haiku requires me to compose a mere seventeen syllables. I hope you get a few laughs from the following "poetry."

Haiku Defined

Haiku is a poetry format with the following constraints:

  • Line 1 has 5 syllables.
  • Line 2 has 7 syllables.
  • Line 3 has 5 syllables.

I have included three examples in this lens, all composed by me.

Engineers and Poetry? Really?

Several years ago, an engineering education journal published an article about a university that required engineering students to write poetry in class. This exercise was supposed to somehow enhance their engineering abilities. Right! Some of the examples were so hilarious, I decided to try my hand at poetry, too.

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Engineer Poets

Haiku Example #1

Engineers don't write

poetry because, you see,

bad haiku results.

(This was one of my first attempts at haiku. Can you tell?)


Haiku Example #2

Engineer mammal:

A strong work ethic has he.

Beaver builds his dam.

(A beaver could probably write better haiku, too.)


Haiku Example #3

The Squidoo website:

Talented writers convene

to ink World Wide Web.

(See the cute octopus.)

Your Opinion Needed - Do I have a future as a poet?

Which of my Haikus do you like best?

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What do You Think?

Should engineers write poetry?

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    • JoleneBelmain profile image


      4 years ago

      Haiku poems can be both funny and witty to read, and it great to see the "play" of words that people can come up with on a certain subject. Love the beaver poem (although I am from Canada, so maybe I am bias? lol)

    • John Dyhouse profile image

      John Dyhouse 

      4 years ago from UK

      I love the unconventionality of #1. I am a scientist and find myself writing poetry, including haiku

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      4 years ago

      Interesting examples :) A fun lens with some great pieces of poetry!

      Li Li


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