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Haiku.  Who picks these topics to vote on….ok it was me so I guess I asked for it.  I sat down to write this post and tried to figure out how to address haiku without writing a bunch of them.  (I did write this part of the post before Ralph got his post out, but had I written a bunch of haiku I would just look like a follower and that is in no way cantankerous.)   So I decided to see how many words I could think of that rhymed with haiku.

Here goes: achoo, pew, phew, do….. Eventually I am going to get in trouble for words that people get offended by.  Sorry Bob, I’ll stop with the list.

So now, I have to laugh at this picture, explaining a Japanese poem in Russian with a bit of English tossed in.  Just struck me as funny that’s all.



Ok so haiku, a small poem with a 5-7-5 structure.  Used to create something profound or beautiful in a structured, disciplined way.  I am not good sticking to those rules.  I like my meter to flow better.  Iambic Pentameter is kind of fun, sticking each like to 10 syllables but haiku is just not long enough.  That must mean I am too wordy.  (Shut up Ralph).

I do agree that limericks are much more fun to write and to read but that is not the topic.  You know I went and read the Wikipedia article about haiku and as much history and significance as they put into it,  it still sounds like a bunch of drunk Japanese guys writing BS and passing it off as art.

My opinion.  If you are a huge fan of the art, write me a post about it and I will run it.  Other wise…..at least limericks written by drunk Irishmen are funny or even profound.

So here is a Coots toast to Haiku:

I hope I never

am forced to write another

a stinking Haiku.

Have a good weekend kids, we will be back with more on Sunday with Ralph’s look at the news.  Right now, I have to go shovel some snow.  Spring in Utah, gotta love it.


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Justin is the young Coot with a Cantankerous Soul who continues to be educated by older, more cootish Ralph and Bob. His Cantankerosity is his own.

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  6 Responses to “Haiku, Haiku, Why?”

  1. Justin,
    Imagine finding you at a loss for words. I hope this is sufficient to exercise our readers to propose their own topics from now on. Haiku is such a beautiful form of poetry. I love the mathematical precision 5-7-5. Once you get the count right you can get away with most anything you want to put in (Although I understand that the haiku is supposed to embrace two images and relate to a season). Bob is downright hostile to anything not from Georgia and I would describe his haiku as passive aggressive. Yours are more indifferent.
    What say you readers. Ready to rise up and overthrow Justin’s yoke of tyranny. Throw a rant at him- tell him you are fed up with his topics and you aren’t taking it anymore. Then propose some good ones!

  2. Yes by all means suggest some topics! I usually sit down and come up with the most bizarre unrelated thing that pops into my head. You should see next months list.

    If I get a topic from a reader I will still put it up to a vote but it will run unopposed. Let’s get some feedback folks!

  3. Justin, you’ve heard me on the phone…or rather on Skype…so you KNOW bad words don’t offend me, I just try to keep it clean for my homeschooling moms over at JuicyMaters.

    It’ll probably get a bit more wild and wooly at the new political blog. I’m gonna censor the really bad stuff, but it’s gonna be pretty wide open.

  4. Hell Justin, it’s not like I need to be forced. You know I’m glad to tell people what to do anytime, anywhere…LOL.

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