In Praise Of Haiku

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It all started last March.  Emily Caswell, who was then working at the front desk here in the Dankosky Building, sent an email to all employees about a pair of glasses found in the parking lot.

I wrote a haiku:

doesn’t it look fine
seeing the world in a blur
without these glasses?

Two weeks later, Emily sent us all an email about a gray men's belt found in the parking lot.
So I wrote:

As gray as the sky,
As gray as UFO men,
This belt, found in March.

In April, Emily notified us about a black and yellow glove found near the door.
I wrote:

in black and yellow
once you were two orioles
now, Michael Jackson

So I started to wonder if anybody else writes work haiku. This show answers that question.

What's your haiku? You can join the conversation, email colin@wnpr.org or tweet us @wnprcolin.


  

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EMAIL FROM I.S.:

Poetry skill missing
Will write haikus
in next life

EMAIL FROM I.S.:

The quote from the movie "Shining",
does it qualify as a haiku..?

All work
and no play
makes Jack a dull boy

EMAIL FROM GEORGE:

Great show, Colin! I'm a haijin, and a good friend of Stan's. Here are a few of my haiku, some of which appeared in bottle rockets:

beach path -
wild roses bring the stars
a little closer

the long-legged girl
on the green bicycle -
grasshopper summer

looking through
one jellyfish into another -
morning sail

not in
his usual place
the homeless man

EMAIL FROM KATHLEEN:

Thoughts eaten by age
Like sweaters
In my mind's closet

EMAIL FROM MICHAEL:

On wooded floors I lay
Inside a foreign town
Summer shown through shades