Monday, July 09, 2007

Trip and Haiku

I drove up to Minnesota to the Kluth farm on Friday and came back last night. It was great fun on which I hope to report later.

Y'all might remember that I wrote about a character from the book Cryptonomicon back in May. Another character in that book was Bobby Shaftoe, a U.S. marine in the Pacific theatre during WWII. Bobby Shaftoe had a Japanese friend from before the war and liked to make up haiku. I got to thinking maybe I could too. I made a couple on my way to Minnesota:

Rest stop in 1 mile
Next rest stop 21 miles
Maybe I should pee.

Look! Outback Steakhouse
Bloomin' Onion, sirloin, beer.
Wish I had money
(or, Would that I had time)

I made a bunch on the way home including these:

Boys play in sprinkler
I watch while Jim primes for paint
Tara reads in peace

Horseballs hang on rack
We chat in adirondacks
cooled by pleasant breeze

Ephesians sermon
In praise of glorious grace
Calls us to praise God

There were others that I'll put up sometime.


Tooz said...

Very nice poetry! I'm glad you had a good time at Jim's. Did you try to call us from the Twin Cities area? Love you.

Anonymous said...

perhaps theres an outback in pigeon forge.
perhaps we'll go and have an onion.
perhaps i should get a refresher on writing haikus


Anonymous said...

Settlers is calling
Hillbilly golf and dolly'
Family is fun!

Is that one?

Everett said...

Hey Sip. I like the second one. A haiku as I'm doing them has 17 syllables, 5 in the first line, 7 in the second and 5 in the third. I looked it up on wikipedia and found out there's more to it, but I think that's enough to go with for now.

Becca said...

I have an email draft I use to save haiku as it strikes me at work. Allow me to share a few of them with you:

You have no unheard
messages; to return to
main menu, press 1.

Please ensure status
reports are all up to date
ASAP. Thanks!

Your mail file exceeds
current limits. Please delete
unused documents.

I know they have no reflection on beauty or nature, but write about what you know, right?

Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

This reminds me of one of my favorite episodes of "Avatar: The Last Airbender". One of the characters, Sokka - teenaged male thinks he's a manly man - gets in a Haiku contest with a bunch of girls when he accidently falls through the window as he's spying on them. [Oh, wait, I've just proven once again what a geek I am, haven't I?]

Tara said...

Jim likes your haiku!

My boys love Everett
Toby wonders where's Bubba
"What is Chicago?"