Do you remember a well-meaning teacher assigning a haiku for homework – maybe to instill a love of poetry. The products often resembled Ogden Nash poems – lots of nonsense but without his wit.
Alan Feuer’s “The 3 Lines of the Haiku Train Make 61 Stops in Manhattan” – online at Haiku Challenge in the Sunday New York Times – offers a short review of the style and samples from New Yorkers who participated in the paper’s challenge to write about the city in the three-line verse. Poets wrote about Central Park, the subway, Times Square… My favorite came from an online reader in Dallas – Sharon Cohen wrote:
Union Square Market
Blueberries for ten dollars
New York City blues
Thinking about the city I live in now, I am working on a verse to celebrate the end of national poetry month – ocean, sun, surfers – not that easy to create three lines with 5,7,5 beat – and a punch line at the end of the 17 syllables. The New York Times offers “a quick 101 guide on writing a haiku”:
• Only three lines.
• First line must be five syllables.
• Second line must be seven syllables.
• The third line must be five syllables.
• Punctuation and capitalization are up to you.
• It doesn’t have to rhyme.
• It must be original.
Have you tried writing one?
Packing boxes now,
No time for haiku writing,
But love the ones here.
This one definitely made us smile
I love writing haikus! You can find a number of them on my blog. The only problem is, once I start thinking in haiku rhyme, I can’t get it out of my head!
Cat on my shoulder
purring loudly in my ear
Thanks for your haiku; I’ll look for more in your posts. You make it sound easy.
I saw that this morning, and loved it. My favorite was:
Tourists in New York
Three abreast, strolling, chatting:
I want to shove you.
—Carolyn Lengel, 52, Garrison, N.Y.
Not as lyrical as your pick, but probably more representative!
I agree – very New York.