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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Faux Haiku Takes Us Down Some Selected Moments In Federal Way History

As many local school children are aware a form of poetry from Japan, called haiku, employs a construction of three prescribed lines consisting of pattern of 5/7/5 syllables. For a more precise definition of haiku click here.

However, in our busy popular culture much of which passes for haiku does not include references to nature or a specific season, but utilizes the 5/7/5 syllable construction which still allows for a wide variety of the interesting possibilities true haiku has become well known. It might be observed in today's world that faux constructions and formats of all kinds whether they be in decor or personality have been elevated to an art form. Some are rated as comparatively high or higher than the genuine articles.

As a toast to this contemporary spirit and salute to human creativity I then offer my single and only blog entry for the "In Your Neighborhood" blogger poetry challenge - in the form of the following faux haiku.

Keeping low taxes,
Reap unintended results.
More area change.


In Federal Way,
Politicos - not lost girls
Hail passing drivers.


Busy street corner king,
Button-suit, dark umbrella.
Trades spot for state house.

Five minutes of fame.
Wacky headlines in The Post.
“Eden’s Got Dino’s”.

Axe school libraries!
All kids to be good readers.
Whose is kidding whom?

It’s all within reach.
Watch branding build a city.
Municipal self-esteem.

Time for a change.
No need for any alarm.
Local voters choose.

Holiday party,
Passing chatter under scope.
Courthouse underwear.


Lorraine Hart said...

Alright Mizu! I particularly like the second to last.

I'm very partial to the Haiku form, both classic and modern. Also find it really intriguing that the art-form was made into a game at court. Someone else had to supply an answer or ending to the first three lines, with two more lines, each containing seven syllables.

Kim Thompson said...

I learned Haiku back in elementary school, dabbled with it in Jr. High, and did a little college writing. Haiku to me is very fresh; like what you've written right here!