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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Some Haikus for the New Semester

October is like a new beginning. For one thing, the weather demons suddenly figured out it was autumn, flipped all the switches, and hot and muggy suddenly turned into chilly and rainy. The new semester has started at Ye Olde Academy, and the kids are back in their winter uniforms. The whole profile and tone of my work seems to be changing, but again, I can't really talk about that. It's a whole new season, a whole new chapter, and I need to kick-start my languishing muse. How about some haiku?

コスモスの
笑顔忘れた
と思った

kosumosu no
egao wasureta
to omotta

Translation:
I thought
I had forgotten the smiley face
Of the cosmos (flower).

朝予報
晴れ言ったのに
秋の雨

asa yohou
hare yutta no ni
aki no ame

Translation:
Even though
The morning forecast said clear,
It's autumn rain.

子供たち
芋頼んだが
ピザ食べた

kodomotachi
imo tanonda ga
piza tabeta

Translation:
The children
Ordered potatoes
But ate pizza.

雨の音
喜ぶ小鳥
困る猫

ame no oto
yorokobu kotori
komaru neko

Translation:
The sound of rain
Joyful birds
Troubled cat.

Hmm... Not satisfied. My muse really is being lethargic these days. Maybe it's time to start doing word verification verses again...

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17 Comments:

  • I remember having to compose haikus when I was in jr high (now it's called "middle school" and add 6th grade...but I digress).

    I don't remember what I wrote about, but it seemed alot more fun than writing a paper!

    By Blogger ladybug, at 1:50 AM  

  • Domo ami gotto
    MR ROBOTO
    Di Da doodley day!

    And that is the extent of my japanese, which I am sure is incorrect...

    By Blogger Maximilian Strange, at 7:46 AM  

  • Saw Styx In Concert
    Mister Roboto Not Played
    I Am Still Pissed Off

    (Not only true, but it's a haiku. I guess I can rhyme, some of the time...)

    By Anonymous The Intrepid Adventurer, at 9:09 AM  

  • I came
    I read
    I fled

    By Blogger QUASAR9, at 4:27 AM  

  • only kidding,
    just having a go at humour

    I came
    I joked
    I fled

    By Blogger QUASAR9, at 4:30 AM  

  • Hi, Cuckoo, coup, coup,
    Haiku coup, high coup, haiku
    Hai, Hai, Cuckoo. Hi.

    By Blogger Don Snabulus, at 4:56 AM  

  • Ladybug
    I remember doing haikus in school, too, and at the time I was far less interested in them than limericks, sonnets, and what-not. Now I'm finding that haiku is actually more difficult to do well, so it's a bigger challenge.

    Maximilian
    Only the first line is in Japanese, and it should read, "Doumo arigatou." The second line is in English, and the last line is insane.

    T.I.A.
    That's actually surprising. Did you see them before Kilroy Was Here or after most of the members left?

    QUASAR9
    Would you call those the poetic equivalent of quark trios?

    Snabu-don
    Okay, here's an English haiku just for you, Don (inside joke alert):

    Have you ever been
    Boned up the arse for being
    A f*****g wise guy

    What's this...a word verification code????

    Jotting down all my sporadic thoughts,
    Only so much connecting of dots.
    Causal relative views
    Calling up my old muse.
    Getting profound, or just seeing spots?

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 12:38 PM  

  • I like them. Thanks.

    There is a small town on Maui named "Haiku". I used to think that it must have been named by Japanese immigrant farm workers, but no. Haiku is Hawaiian and has several meanings depending on context, including "to speak out", "rare", "speak abruptly", or "an abrupt break". All, oddly enough, appropriate for Japanese Haiku.

    Here are two from Rap Replinger (RIP), a Hawaiian comedian whose work I have shared on the blog (Aunty Marialani's cooking show):

    "Butterflies"

    Twwoooooo butterflies
    One on top the other one
    What the f*** they doing?!


    "Home From The Fields"

    Someone has painted my door
    A stranger sings in my bathroom
    Whoops! Wrong house.

    By Blogger Pandabonium, at 4:41 PM  

  • lol Moody Minstrel,
    funny you should ask
    you can here your
    three quarks daily, HERE

    By Blogger QUASAR9, at 10:38 AM  

  • beep ... beep
    going retro

    By Blogger QUASAR9, at 11:02 AM  

  • The children
    Ordered potatoes
    But ate pizza.

    I think is a call for revolution hidden in there somewhere

    By Blogger Swinebread, at 11:58 PM  

  • Teenagers
    Swarm the deli counter like ravenous locusts
    lunchtime

    By Blogger Phillipa Scratch, at 4:57 AM  

  • Joyful birds
    Troubled Cats..

    that's a good one

    I rem that in the cat's heaven, it is the bird's hell.

    By Blogger Robin, at 3:57 PM  

  • Don't care what you say, I think your haikus are great.

    They make me want to write some too - I always say that, and never do!

    Lazy bum, that's me. :) Well, at least we have you in the blogosphere spreading verses about like largesse.

    And hey, it sounds like you've pulled out of that funk you were in about a month ago - good stuff!

    By Blogger Olivia, at 10:28 AM  

  • The only problem
    With haiku is that you just
    get started and then

    By Blogger DewKid, at 1:46 AM  

  • i like your last haiku... but i'm not all that into them. i like these though.

    you know, i don't get word verification poems. what are they??

    By Blogger Um Naief, at 7:33 PM  

  • Fragrant Rum
    Dancing over ice cubes
    Coca-Cola

    a Haiku and a tasty drink!

    I like my Uncle's poems "I didn't mean to bronze the contortionist!"

    By Blogger Phillipa Scratch, at 4:45 AM  

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