Sunday, March 14, 2010

Possibly the Geekiest Haiku Ever


I've written a very special haiku in honor of Pi day.  A friend awarded me 10 geek points for it.

Three point one four one
Five nine two six five three five
Eight nine seven nine

I suddenly find myself craving pie...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Week in Haiku


Yesterday, a friend presented me with a rather Shakespearean sonnet extolling her love for Friday.  This began a conversation about poetry and the days of the week.  Before long, I decided that there was a haiku there, just waiting to be written.
I have something of a fondness for writing haiku.
I let the idea simmer in the back of my brain for a bit, and eventually decided that I would pen not one but seven haiku; one for each day.  As the day progressed, ideas popped out of my brain, and I wrote them down.  By the time I finished my lunch break, I had successfully crafted a series of seven haiku:


Bleary-eyed, I wake.
Zombie like, I carry on
It's Monday again

Tuesday, consciousness
The week begins in earnest
Time to get to work

Some call it "hump day"
Weekends distant on both sides
Wednesday stands alone

Thursday has arrived
The end of the tunnel nears
There is a light there

Fifth day spent at work
Everybody loves Friday
Now for wings and beer

A day off, yet not
Saturday's dichotomy
Time off for housework

Sunday, time for rest
The past week's cares forgotten
A contented sigh

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Poetry From the Dairy Case

There is something of a trend out there involving creating amusing (if not particularly helpful) reviews for products sold at Amazon. I've seen a few, and they're often quite entertaining, but I think that I've encountered their king.

What follows is a review for A Gallon of Tuscan milk. The original can be found here.

Once upon a mid-day sunny, while I savored Nuts 'N Honey,
With my Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 gal, 128 fl. oz., I swore
As I went on with my lapping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at the icebox door.
'Bad condensor, that,' I muttered, 'vibrating the icebox door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

Not to sound like a complainer, but, in an inept half-gainer,
I provoked my bowl to tip and spill its contents on the floor.
Stupefied, I came to muddle over that increasing puddle,
Burgeoning deluge of that which I at present do adore -
Snowy Tuscan wholesomeness exclusively produced offshore -
Purg'ed here for evermore.

And the pool so white and silky, filled me with a sense of milky
Ardor of the type fantastic of a loss not known before,
So that now, to still the throbbing of my heart, while gently sobbing,
I retreated, heading straightway for the tempting icebox door -
Heedless of that pitter-patter tapping at the icebox door -
I resolved to have some more.

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
'This,' said I, 'requires an extra dram of milk, my favorite pour.'
To the icebox I aspired, motivated to admire
How its avocado pigment complemented my decor.
Then I grasped its woodgrain handle - here I opened wide the door; -
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams of Tuscans I had known before
But the light inside was broken, and the darkness gave no token,
And the only words there spoken were my whispered words, 'No more!'
Coke and beer, some ketchup I set eyes on, and an apple core -
Merely this and nothing more.

Back toward the table turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
'Surely,' said I, 'surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore -
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; -
'Tis the wind and nothing more!'

From the window came a stirring, then, with an incessant purring,
Inside stepped a kitten; mannerlessly did she me ignore.
Not the least obeisance made she; not a minute stopped or stayed she;
But, with mien of lord or lady, withdrew to my dining floor -
Pounced upon the pool of Tuscan spreading o'er my dining floor -
Licked, and lapped, and supped some more.

Then this tiny cat beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grand enthusiasm of the countenance she wore,
Toward the mess she showed no pity, 'til I said, 'Well, hello, kitty!'
Sought she me with pretty eyes that seemed to open some rapport.
So I pleaded, 'Tell me, tell me what it is that you implore!'
Quoth the kitten, 'Get some more.'