October 22nd 2011 4:45 pm
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OK, folks! Here’s a little idea inspired by Spooky’s poem to the Tabbies: a Haiku festival! I’ve taken some stuff from the Net about how to write Haiku poems and whittled it down to 9 rules. There’s like a 101 others, I think, but this is just for fun, so we want it simple. If anyone has any other suggestions, they can feel free to throw them in. Oh, and if the muse strikes you and you want to write something longer, that’s OK, too. And multiple offerings are great!
So – here’s the rules for haiku, and at the bottom I’ve added my own little “image poem”.
1. Seventeen syllables in three lines with the first line and last line having fewer syllables than the middle line, such as 5 syllables in first and last lines and 7 in the middle line.
2. Use of a seasonal reference: fall, winter, falling leaves, snow, etc.
3. Always write in the present tense, here and now.
4. Limit the use of articles like “a”, “the”, etc…
5. Capitalize the first word of every line - or use no caps.
6. Avoid rhymes - or rhyme last words in the first and last lines.
7. Puns and word plays are good.
8. Just write about ordinary things in an ordinary way using ordinary language – or write of the impossible in an ordinary way.
9. Avoid all reference to yourself or refer to yourself in a second-hand way as “this cat” or “the poet”, “the writer”, etc.
The Dark is rising
Winter follows close behind
Black cat plays in snow.
Where do we post poems and Haiku? Sounds like fun!
Oh, well, if they're haiku, then post them right here in the comments. If it's something longer, then you could p-mail it, and I'll update the page including the poems!
He who loved too much,
Became winter cold as snow,
Cause his heart was crushed
He strung the lights up,
His wife drum rolled in the snow,
Ta da and there was nothing!
Mom said she's proud of this one
Wow - now that's zen, man! What does it mean? ... :)
Talking to me or Zach because mine isn't Zen it's Christmas Vacation! Mol!
Zoe is still working on hers. I invited friends to come here and have fun with us.
Smelly burning fires,
lit jack-o-lanterns flicker,
Candy Apples and Corn
HA! No poets in this house.
But mom happens to love cat haiku. There is a book called Catcu Haiku and this is my favorite:
The pathway is long
And leads to the mountaintop
You go, report back
Really like that one, Bearzman! Good choice!
Nut falls on cat's head
Cheeky squirrel laughs from walnut tree
(snicker) Hey, I can dream, can't I?
Zoe, pass some more of that candy corn? Bob wants some...
Here, Bob the Cricket wanted to write a poem, too:
Candy corn so sweet
Sitting on a bed of leaves
Red and gold - let's eat!
Diamond tries hard to kill our squirrels. And Rabbits.
Poet passes the candy,
The squirrel runs and snatches it CRAP
The squirrel is now dead!
Steaming squirrel pie
Warm and dry inside with friends
Pass the bowl - thank you!
Thank you my Samhain,
Ummm squirrel pie and mashed potatoes.
What a victorious feast!
That's my boy! Bob!
Leaves in orange and red
Catch sunlight on the mountain,
A tapestry glows.
Hook up catapult,
Load pumpkin into it's mouth -
Whammo - watch it FLY!
This is a great idea!!! Luv, Tink
(Mommy wrote these)
Into the cornstalk maze
Go all the children, and me;
I am the one lost.
Costume party starts,
Scary guests and silly ghosts:
Who are all these people?
You guys are better at this than we are. Snow Mom wrote mine too.
Tink and Snow - what pretty imagery!
Hey, I'm kinda partial to the Squirrel-Crap and Pumpkin-Whammo!
Sound like dishes you might get served in one of those backwoods diners - SNORK!
oo oo! I love haiku! (that was an accidental rhyme, sorry)
leaves fall red and gold
brown cat twisting and turning
with paws of fury
OOOooo - paws of fury! I LOVE it!!! Catfu!!! The Mama has that listed as one of Sleeper's talents - MOL!