Writers’ Blokke
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Writers’ Blokke

haikus are to Poetry what

a poetic rant

Shoen Uemura’s “Composition of a Poem” (1942)

ㅤㅤnot to burst all those
ㅤㅤoh-so-perfect seventeen-
ㅤㅤsyllable bubbles

but

haikus are to Poetry what
training wheels are to a grown-ass
bicycle

ㅤㅤthey are to Poetry what
ㅤㅤChopsticks is to a symphonic
ㅤㅤwaltz

ㅤㅤㅤㅤthey are to Poetry what
ㅤㅤㅤㅤdinner rolls are to a four-course
ㅤㅤㅤㅤfeast

don’t get me wrong

ㅤㅤone can still crash on training wheels
ㅤㅤone can most certainly butcher Chopsticks
ㅤㅤand baking bread is a skill few will master

and so, too, plenty of haikus

ㅤㅤwobble and flop
ㅤㅤvex the ears
ㅤㅤfail to rise

but don’t declare victory yet
just because you managed
to hatch a half-decent
three-liner

ㅤㅤthe journey of a
ㅤㅤthousand miles begins with
ㅤㅤone succinct verse

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Joe Váradi

Editor of No Crime in Rhymin' and Language Lab | ..."come for the sarcasm, stay for my soft side"

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