Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Because Monkeys Are Fun

Training manual
at new job: Curious George
Learns Software Testing.

Cat lives: 9. Me: not so many

going down the hole
following the stupid cat
safe as long as ... AAAAAH!

Monday, 25 June 2007

White Rabbit

"Curiouser and
curiouser," says Alice
in Carroll's famed tale.

Curious to us
is this murky glimpse of the
Victorian Id.

FLASH Haiku: Curiosity

Curiouser and curiouser. Curiosity is the theme for the first 24 hour Flash Haiku, and your deadline is midnight of Tuesday June 26.* Now's the time to discover if you can haiku under pressure...

* Note: the official email notice goes out at midnight, but there's a two hour head start for anyone checking the blog right now...

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

shut up Shut Up SHUT UP!!!

Chance-heard, the dull song
spins madly in my brain--a
warped merry go round.

Is that Smells Like Teen Spirit? No way!

Can only escape
This elevator muzak
When I reach my floor

Those songs that move you can come back to sting you

Familiar refrain
Our song plays but not for us
Perhaps new lovers

Bm You Suck

Pick up my guitar
Barre chords make my fingers hurt
Open chords it is

when do we get the freakin' guns?

new haiku format
you are messing with my mind
that's not a bad thing

Sunday, 17 June 2007

This Week's Theme: Music

This week's theme is courtesy of Maddie, and is (considering the membership of the Haiku Club) an especially inspired choice, too: Music. Deadline is noon on June 24.

Note: No cats were harmed in the writing and uploading of this post.

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Haiku Club: New Schedule

An update on the upcoming schedule change for the summer: as of next week, we'll be moving to a whole new format of theme posting, which will be permanent rather than just for the summer. Instead of posting on the Sunday of each week, or every two weeks (as was the original plan for the summer), we'll embrace the true spirit of haiku and become more spontaneous. Haiku Club members will continue to be asked to contribute themes regularly (along with the themes posted by me), but when they will be posted and for how long will be unknown until they're up. So, some themes might have an extended stay of perhaps two weeks, while others may be an innovation suggested by Andrew: the Flash Haiku, which will be a theme posted for only 24 hours (maybe even less!). Other themes will fall somewhere in between. How themes are chosen may vary, too––for example, occasionally you might be asked to, say, visit a certain website and pick an object, colour, or concept as your theme. All this is designed to mix things up, keep us all engaged in the form, and, I hope, add to the pure enjoyment value for everyone, too. Please feel free to post your comments here on these upcoming changes, and to add any other thoughts and ideas you may have as well. I am always open to suggestions.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Mythological Musings

Fiery eyeball of
gods ancient and new––tell me,
why are you so mad?

Heavenly Musings

You'd never lack toast
if you had a little place
somewhere near the sun

Monday, 11 June 2007

stupid jerk sun

no-one can go out
unless they are covered in
some anti-sun goop

Sunday, 10 June 2007

This Week's Theme: The Sun

This week's theme burns brightly above us––the Sun. For millenia it has been personified as the ever-watchful eye of Varuna (India), Ahuramazda (Persia), Helios (Greece), Zeus (Roman Empire), and Ra (Egypt) respectively. Now it turns its fiery gaze onto...you. Deadline is noon on Sunday June 17.


The road forked: I took
the one less travelled. That's made
all the difference.

Friday, 8 June 2007

Year in, year out, she
dusts his faded photograph,
faithful at least so.

Why is it...

When someone says that
they "regret to inform you..."
they usually don't.

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Out, out, damned spot!

They keep me awake
their images all too clear
morning, noon and night.

Too many to count.
Pause, rewind ... erase? For now,
pass me the bottle.


Twitterku are haiku composed from random phrases pulled from the Twitter public stream. An example:

craptacular day
Up way too late yet again.

Have a look here. Via boingboing. Now back to our Regrets...

Monday, 4 June 2007

War Time

Telegram arrives.
"We regret to inform you..."
Grief descends, settles.
Unlike Edith Piaf
Qui ne regrette rien
Some of mine run deep

Sunday, 3 June 2007

This Week's Theme: Regret

Our theme for this week is something a bit different, courtesy of Andrew. It's the very human emotion of Regret, and it's played a significant role both in history and in literature. If only...

Deadline is noon, Sunday June 10.