Haiku Tuesdays

Haiku Tuesdays: Dastard

Well, it’s officially fall now in both date and weather. It’s my most-beloved season—season of warm tea, hot chocolate, crackling fireplaces, and crunchy leaves. However, it is also evidently my turn for marshmallow head—the unfortunate condition in which one’s sinus cavities feel as if they have been stuffed with marshmallows. Sniff, sniff.

Marshmallows should only be allowed in hot chocolate. There should be laws about this.

But welcome back, Haiku Tuesday. I have missed you, and look forward to reveling in all the small-and-ingenious creations of the Aardvark’s friends. Don’t know the game? Read this and join in.

Today’s word? Dastard (n): a dishonorable or despicable man.

Wrangler of disease
Microscopic germ shepherd
He’s trained the foul things

Mindless fluffy fiends
He lets them loiter, chewing
On my crumpled thoughts

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Haiku Tuesdays: Precipice

Yes, it’s that time again. Time to take five minutes out of your day to smile, create, and enjoy.

For those of you just joining us, Haiku Tuesdays (explained more here) is a small, fun workout for your spontaneity muscles.

For those of you who posted last week—thank you! They were delicious and nutritious.

Today’s random word from my trusty, rusty pocket dictionary… Precipice: a steep cliff.
Post your seventeen syllables here!

Down in my abyss
Not stuff of dark nightmares but
Soft, fuzzy monsters

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Haiku Tuesdays: Welcome

Welcome to Haiku Tuesdays, in which we test the slightly murky waters of creativity and possible group participation.

Every now and then I like to carry around a pocket dictionary, pick a word at random and write about the first thing that comes to mind. It’s a fun little exercise for my spontaneity muscles, which don’t always get much of a workout. There’s no great effort at profundity, no hard and fast rules, just a fun splutter of words, somewhat akin to Jackson Pollock somewhat-strategically chucking paint at a canvas to see what the colors look like.

And so, in the spirit of somewhat-strategically chucking words on a page, I thought it might be fun to throw the exercise out here, both for my own practice and to see if anyone else is up for joining in. For the sake of brevity, it occurred to me that haikus might be a nice loose framework to play with. There are lots of nuances and symbolism and imagery in more formal, traditional haiku, which you can read all about here, but for the sake of fun, let’s just go with hitting seventeen syllables in a 5x7x5 line structure.

Here’s the game:
• I’ll pick a word out of my magic word book and throw my own little entry up.
• You take my word, or any other word you happen to like, and post your own little entry up.

No overthinking, please. Use this for a 5-minute brain break from something else in your day. Smile. Write. Enjoy.
And remember, always check the box that says, “Yes, thanks, I like fun.”

And so, little magic dictionary, here we go. Today’s word is… chauffeur.

Driving endlessly
Night blurs hues of reds and greens
Near misses with squirrels

Happy haiku everybody!

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