Contrived Words

My brain is empty of ideas,
But full of OCD;

At some point it’ll switch around again πŸ™‚.

Out of curiosity I just looked up the definition of ‘Haiku’ since lately it’s become as common as the word ‘and’, and as somebody who hates arbitrary rulesβ€” my god is a Haiku restrictive. You’ll never see me write a Haiku nor any other ‘named’ writing shape, except ironically.

Haiku (δΏ³ε₯) is a type of short form poetry originally from Japan. Traditional Japanese haiku consist of three phrases that contain a kireji, or “cutting word”, 17 on (phonetic units similar to syllables) in a 5, 7, 5 pattern, and a kigo, or seasonal reference. Similar poems that do not adhere to these rules are generally classified as senryΕ«.


I struggle to believe that anything of value or importance could be expressed within 5, 7 and 5 syllables per line. I tried to re-write the poem above as a Haiku…impossible! Single words will instantly exhaust the syllable ‘allowance’ πŸ˜‚. I also really wonder how well such an extreme form of writing would transfer between such different languages as Japanese and English.

All vegetation must die;
It’s f**king Winter.

King in ‘t North says:
Everyone’s gunna diiiiiie;
Winter be comin’!

(That was completely ironic and no fun whatsoever).

Nae more ideas,
Snowed under with OCD;
Summer will arrive.


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      2. “In 1917 he submitted the now famous Fountain, a urinal signed R. Mutt, to the Society of Independent Artists exhibition but they rejected the piece

        Art world experts polled by the sponsors of the 2004 Turner Prize, Gordon’s gin, voted it “the most influential work of modern art”


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  1. I like your haikus! I’m an oddball who finds the use of profanity in haiku oddly satisfying.
    I’ve heard that there are other micropoetry forms that have emerged as alternatives to haiku for languages where the 5-7-5 syllable doesn’t work as well in that language. Still, I totally hear you re: haiku and micropoetry forms generally. I don’t think the microforms are that conducive to developing meaning. Sure, I’ve seen some examples of haiku that are impressive, powerful, beautiful and amazing, but micropoetry forms generally irritate me more often than not.

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    1. Haha, thanks! That’s not oddball behaviour πŸ˜‚.

      Yes I agree with all that. I can see how such short forms work well with reductionismβ€” such as my latest poem. There’s a good synergy there. Even in fact minimalism seems to be an aspect of Japanese culture in general? I guess syllable counting could be a way of practising reductionist discipline, but it’s reductionism itself that holds the value.


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