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Haiku For Dummies

Welcome to Day 7 of 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing, the creative writing challenge that 4 out of 5 meteorologists agree is the reason for global warming. Today’s prompt is Texting, and you can thank CheesyMike for this one. Don’t forget to link up at the end of this post if you participated in today’s challenge before being swept away by a freak tornado.


Haiku For Dummies

old fashioned pen jar of ink

Ah yes, I always write my Haiku with a calligraphy pen and ink.

I wrote my first 3 posts before February 1st. I wrote the next 3 on February 2nd. I was ahead of the game. Then I got to Texting. Nicky, meet brick wall. Brick wall, Nicky. So, I did what anyone would have done in my position. I turned to Haiku. The following takes you through the entire painful process of Nicky writing Haiku:

What is it again? 3, 7, 5… no, 5,7,5….I think, um…*Googles Haiku*

Ok, 5, 7, 5. Got it. Great. Short and sweet. Easy.

So. Um. Oh, I know! Map it out.

blah blah blah blah blah
blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
blah blah blah blah blah

Great. Ok. Now. Texting. Two syllables. Hmmm… yeah, last line.

blah blah blah blah blah
blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
blah blah blah text-ing

Ok. Now. Words related to texting: phone, screen…um…message…uh…phone…damn… ok, random placement time…

blah phone blah blah blah
blah blah blah screen blah blah blah
Mes-sage blah text-ing

Other words related to texting: um…*Googles texting*…um….

Ok. Filler words then: my, i, the, and, it, as, he, she, see, kill, me, now…um, oops…ok, focus…

My phone blah blah blah
blah blah the screen I see blah
Mes-sage he’s text-ing

Arrrrrgh! EXPLETIVE EXPLETIVE EXPLETIVE… what’s that? Oh. How ironic. My phone is buzzing. I’ve got a text message. WAIT! My phone is buzzing!! Buzzing! Excellent Haiku word – buzzing!! Two glorious syllables!

My phone is buz-zing
blah blah the screen I see blah
Mes-sage he’s text-ing

Eureka! I’ve got it!!

My phone is buz-zing
A-cross the screen, I see the
Mes-sage he’s text-ing

I’m glad that’s done
This challenge is a killer
God, I need a drink

Oh for goodness sake
Once you start, you cannot stop
I curse you, Haiku!


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  • I want to write a quick haiku response. But it is an impossible feat pre coffee.

  • Barb

    Nicky you are so warped… I love it! 😉

  • You really need to do something about that cold of yours. (Haiku) Bless you.

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  • Cadeaux

    I really hate texting.

    I also hate Haiku.

    I don’t know what to say. 😉

  • Good, now I have a cheat sheet for Haiku. I am sure you will see it on one of my future posts in a day of desperation.

    I think your Haiku was genius and that is high praise as like, Cadeaux, I am not a big fan of poetry that requires 5, 7, 5.

  • As a poet once upon a time myself, I think you’ve captured the creative process behind poetry very well with your “blah blah blah”s. That’s exactly how it works. 🙂

  • blah blah blah blah blah
    blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
    blah blah blah blah blah

    best Haiku EVER!

  • Nicky! Not only are you gorgeous, you’re like a totally amazing poet, too. I especially liked the blah blah verse. Inspiring work, my love.

  • So very glad that I wasn’t the only one scratching my head on this one!

  • I think I hit that same brick wall, and instead of staying up and burning the midnight oil, I took some notes, googled some stuff and went to bed. Thus, I was late today. It’s shameful, I know. Yours on the other hand is excellent. Isn’t it great when that light bulb comes on and bingo- you got it.

  • Every day of this challenge, Nicky (or her alter-ego) seem to show us something new. I enjoyed this post. Though I can’t write haikus to save anything. Glad you did it. 😉

  • For a minute there I quickly read her halter top shows us something new. Well, could be.

  • Read it as you will. Wouldn’t shock any of us, would it?

  • You’re a deeply strange and curiously attractive woman, Nicky.

  • This post made me feel really nervous and insecure too. I’m not sure why. Maybe following all the directions is the problem.

  • KZ

    Psst… “I’m glad that’s done” is only four syllables. I’ll let it slide though because this was pretty damn funny.

    I’m not a big fan of haikus, but I appreciate them more now that I’ve seen you create one through your twisted, yet methodical process.

  • AH HA HA! I just wrote tomorrow’s post and it is Haiku… I scheduled it and now I am here and see Haiku. OOPS! Too late to re-write… sorryyyyyyyyy! Yours is hysterical… especially because in my head I thought, “575”… and then googled it!

  • MalisaHargrove

    It’s all in the process. Was fun to see your process. Blah, blah, blah…

  • MikeWJ

    Odd. I think she’s strangely curious and attractively deep.


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