Bad Poetry Sunday: To do with Haiku

“I propose that the ‘Western Haiku’ simply say a lot in three short lines in any Western language. Above all, a Haiku must be very simple and free of all poetic trickery and make a little picture and yet be as airy and graceful as a Vivaldi Pastorella.” – Jack Kerouac

I wanted to try something new this afternoon in terms of “bad poetry”. I started to write dribble, but figured I should learn something new or challenge myself. I thought I’d give a haiku a try. I remember vaguely learning about them in high school, and that I had a hard time saying what I wanted to say in a specific number of syllables. I’m a whimsical free former, not one to be confined to rules or regulations. Actually, that’s a lie. I love rules and regulations, and I’m a people pleaser. When I can’t conform to those rules or regulations because of my own torrential downpour of thoughts and feelings, then I have trouble. Hence, the disdain for a haiku. Plus, I like to rhyme.

So here is my attempt at an afternoon haiku. That sounds fancy, and makes me feel smart.

Enjoy it, or laugh at it, or consider it garbage. I used an online syllable counter to check my syllable count because I started to panic over that aspect. haha I was clapping and counting on my fingers like a first grader. At least I tried. You should try too! Even just one stanza: 5-7-5 Give it a try! You’ll be glad you did. Leave me your work in the comments.

Summer Haiku
by Winstead Oakley

The fireflies are dark
moonless summer night in June
locusts sing loudly
I long for quiet
surround me with nothing but
void and dark and peace
Humid heat warms me
keeps me alive and present
stuck in place for now
I was born in June
a hurricane out of place
dissipate away. 

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