Farm Haiku

 

Haiku #1

Better not to try
Painting things that matter much
When lambs are around.

Haiku are delightful little snippets of poetry in a form that originated in Japan, and which follow rules too numerous to deconstruct here, other than to mention that they often express complex thoughts in simple language and often with natural or seasonal references.

The English form of the haiku, as it’s described in Wikipedia, and in more scholastic detail here, also draws on concisely worded thoughts and refers to nature, in a three-line poem with a 5-7-5 syllabic structure.

I make no claim to following the rules exactly, but I’ve done my best to focus on nature, to express my thoughts concisely, to (perhaps) express a meaningful truth in a simple way, to avoid metaphor and simile, and not to rhyme.

Oh, and (unusually for me) to be brief about it.

Haiku #2

It is hard to find
Large white dogs who hide themselves
In a field of snow.

Do you haiku?  Please share.

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  1. Andrew Miller Member
    Andrew Miller
    @AndrewMiller

    Haiku? Don’t be ridiculous, I Kipple.

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  2. colleenb Member
    colleenb
    @colleenb

    Lovely @She.

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  3. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    Rudolph? Is that you?

    • #3
  4. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    When my nose itches
    It’s supposed to tell me something.
    What? I have no clue.

     

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  5. Andrew Miller Member
    Andrew Miller
    @AndrewMiller

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    When my nose itches
    It’s supposed to tell me something.
    What? I have no clue.

     

    Well, baa-ing accidents, that looks to be the case. 

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  6. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Tiny tree frog chirps
    A croak too large for its size
    Still, he is so cute!

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  7. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    Bright paint on my nose

    Frolicking in spring meadow

    Not going on the lamb

     

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  8. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Let me know when there’s a post for bawdy limericks . . .

    My mother was the Haiku person of the family:

    https://nc-haiku.org/remembering-rebecca-rust/

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  9. She Reagan
    She
    @She

    Stad (View Comment):

    Let me know when there’s a post for bawdy limericks . . .

    My mother was the Haiku person of the family:

    https://nc-haiku.org/remembering-rebecca-rust/

    That’s lovely!  Thanks for sharing your mother with us.

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  10. The Scarecrow Thatcher
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    @TheScarecrow

    Stad (View Comment):

    Let me know when there’s a post for bawdy limericks . . .

    My mother was the Haiku person of the family:

    https://nc-haiku.org/remembering-rebecca-rust/

    Haiku is fun, but you and I prefer the beauty and wonder of what I’ve always called the Irish Haiku – the Limeric.

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  11. She Reagan
    She
    @She

    The Scarecrow (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Let me know when there’s a post for bawdy limericks . . .

    My mother was the Haiku person of the family:

    https://nc-haiku.org/remembering-rebecca-rust/

    Haiku is fun, but you and I prefer the beauty and wonder of what I’ve always called the Irish Haiku – the Limeric.

    Although they enjoyed the haiku
    They wanted some limericks too
    She said go ahead
    Write a limerick instead
    There’s plenty of room for them too.

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  12. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy Carter
    @JimmyCarter

    @She has animals

    Do I have a JIF for Her

    Here is a bunny

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  13. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera
    @TitusTechera

    Wonderful dogs!

    That lamb is looking for trouble…

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  14. She Reagan
    She
    @She

    Titus Techera (View Comment):

    Wonderful dogs!

    Thanks, @titustechera. Yes, Levi and Xena.  They’re 11 and 10 years old respectively, a great age for Great Pyrenees.  Levi’s having some difficulties with his hips and occasionally needs a boost getting to his feet (we should all be so lucky).  Xena had her back knees replaced three years ago and is a little more spry.  I dread the day when I’ll lose them, but I hope it won’t be because they’re otherwise healthy and simply can’t get to their feet.  Their story is here.

    That lamb is looking for trouble…

    That’s Tatiana (Tilly for short).  Like all my creatures, she has a song to herself.  In her case, it starts out “Lavender’s Blue, Tilly Tilly…”

    Her brother Oleg (Olly) has one too.

    Lord.  I think there’s something wrong with me.

    (If I could disable comments after that last remark, I would.)

    😂😂😂

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  15. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera
    @TitusTechera

    It’s a singing farm then?

    This would have been a musical in the 60s!

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  16. She Reagan
    She
    @She

    Titus Techera (View Comment):

    It’s a singing farm then?

    This would have been a musical in the 60s!

    Definitely.  We’ve always been a singing sort of family.  So that makes sense.  Let me know when you’d like a copy of the screenplay….

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  17. She Reagan
    She
    @She

    I’d like to acknowledge a friend, @iWe, who knows of my fascination with all “thangs” sheep (while still maintaining (insofar as I am capable of such) a rational objectivity as to the fact that even the smartest sheep is a few fries short of a Happy Meal), and who sent me a link to this video a few weeks ago.  It says it all:

     

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  18. garyinabq Member
    garyinabq
    @garyinabq

    Trump

    Orange man clears path as

    Tornado strikes china shop

    Chaotic calm now

    Nascar

    Roar! Blur of speed, steel

    Screech burnt rubber, courage sings

    4, the checkered flag

    Barbecue

    Oak wafts into me

    Sauce drips on glistening beef

    Tears melt on my bun

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  19. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    She (View Comment):

    I’d like to acknowledge a friend, @ iWe, who knows of my fascination with all “thangs” sheep (while still maintaining (insofar as I am capable of such) a rational objectivity as to the fact that even the smartest sheep is a few fries short of a Happy Meal), and who sent me a link to this video a few weeks ago. It says it all:

     

    My wife showed me this.  Funny!

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