Nearing the end of Cultivate Beauty Month – Random thoughts in haiku form

clean, clean apartment
at least the bookshelf is clean
books lined up neatly

the Doppler effect
goose honks change pitch past window
high, lower, lower

dust on the keyboard
is it really true that it’s
made up of my skin?

I have in my drawer
one-hundred and forty-three
real Hong Kong dollars

in case you wondered,
that much amounts to not quite
twenty of our own

can I help it if
on a prom-queen May evening
I cannot study?

can’t write a haiku
about Mere Christiani-
ty, for I’ll run out

looking at bookshelves
I guess I once loved pulp, dime-
store, sad, trite novels

I’m very thirsty
I guess that means this is the
penultimate one

dearest friends, near, far —
patient, indulgent of my
poetic whims — thanks.


16 thoughts on “Nearing the end of Cultivate Beauty Month – Random thoughts in haiku form

  1. Reading all you write
    Makes me wonder if you will
    Write my epitaph.

    Dang, my dear Laura
    but all you write is funny.
    I have no such skills.

    You will be home soon.
    My own cleaning must begin.
    Tears fall freely now.

  2. It is so super
    To me how erudite you
    Are. I am not so.

    Laura, you are the
    Best daughter in the whole world.
    Believe me. I know.

    I am now in south-
    ern California. There are
    Zillions of cars here.

  3. How come my family writes me haikus back but nobody else!?? Annaleigh, I know you can write haikus. Christa, interesting use of syllables. 3,4,5. Hm… I like it.

    And where's Allison?

    Jonna, I know you've written a haiku or two in your day. Come on now.

    And Gilles. I'm crushed.

  4. Life is a mess,
    or at least right now it seems so,
    but y'all help me out.

    Laura, thanks for this
    group, you don't know how it helps
    me out, thank you all.

    Well now I need to stop
    procrastinating and go
    do chemistry now.

  5. it's not a strict rule
    that haikus must be so stiff
    three four five is fine

    The important thing
    is that you distill to pure
    the essence, your thought

  6. While it is not a strict rule, it is a norm and a standard. Best to stick to it until one has mastered the form, and then begin experimentation.

    I have some haikus coming out in Salt, Matt Kaufman's new literary journal. Not sure when it will be available.

  7. Mmmm… I love the word “distill.”

    I like it better in my mind, though, than when I say it. Have you ever noticed that some words just feel good in your mouth?

  8. haha…. like.. “chocolate cake”

    anyways, I dont really know the pattern of haikus…

    I guess I will try
    I dont really know how to do
    this thing that is wack

    Ill shoot if I can
    Ill probably miss it though
    Is this right Laura?

    My face hurts of burn
    burn of the bright sun that is
    my skin is peeling

    peeling like oranges
    or grapefruit and other fruits
    this is the end, see.

  9. Laura: i know you'll get this one…

    so cool a weblog
    i thought you would enjoy it
    ding dong Dear Laura,


    It's like we're looking
    down on Wayne's basement, only…
    That's not Wayne's basement

    “Garth, that was a haiku!”

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