No one writes enough haiku. And we want to know why? Haiku are like the potato chip of poetryâ€”you canâ€™t have just one. Theyâ€™re clean, simple, economic, easy to read, and easy to write, provided you donâ€™t take yourself too seriously. More importantly, theyâ€™re easy to teach, and often serve as studentsâ€™ first introduction to poetry because the three lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables are easy to grasp.
Traditionally, the third line often functions similarly to a punchline, closing the imaginative distance between the first line and the second. But donâ€™t let that scare you. For our purposes any haiku will do.
We want everyone to post at least one haiku. As far as weâ€™re concerned it can be about anything, but feel free to explore Mormon themes. Who knows? Maybe haiku will soon become the Mormon poetic form of choice.
For example, hereâ€™s one Brian wrote about the sacrament.
Old lady lipstick
Crushed cups stained in silver trays
Yet, sins still wash clean
Shannon wrote this one about a familiar, but increasingly rare holiday sight.
Red kettles for coins
Bell ringers at every store
Except for Target
Hereâ€™s one more Brian wrote about a frequent T&S contributor.
Missing in action
A left-leaning voice now paused
Steve, come out and play
We do haiku, so, now will you? (Sorry, got a little Dr. Seuss there).