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fresh snow on the roof
--- a squirrel
plows through it
 

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outside, I snack on
Bridgehead's seed cookie
--- some sparrows do too
 

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six twenty a.m. ---
cawing crows
harsh my mellow
 

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the loon descends,
descends, descends,
descends ---- splash!

 

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"KEEP OFF THE GRASS"
--- a robin
disregards the sign
 

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geese flying north
the pitcher stops his windup
to watch

-- American poet & co-editor of "Baseball Haiku"
 

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the lineman works ---
the cross squirrel
chatters at him
 

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Not quite haiku
Yet the effect
Is similar
 

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Not quite haiku
Yet the effect
Is similar
I, myself, believe that they are haiku. Here's why:

"Trying to write haiku in seventeen syllables in English often results in using unnecessary words to fill out the count. Such words will destroy a haiku, which depends on concision and suggestibility for its effect. [The Japanese count syllables differently than we do --- they count shorter elements, onji, as "syllables." The word "haiku," for example, is three onji, while we count it as two syllables. Ten to fourteen syllables equal the time duration of seventeen Japanese onji] -- excerpt from pages xv & xvi of 'Baseball Haiku,' edited by Nanae Tamura & Cor van den Heuvel
 

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@Ger Jonker Interesting! Now that you mention it, I might have read someplace that true haiku may use fewer syllables than Westerners suppose. I personally find it hard to be that concise.
 

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A Narrow Fellow in the Grass
-by Emily Dickinson


A Narrow Fellow in the Grass
Occasionally rides --
You may have met Him -- did you not
His notice sudden is --

The Grass divides as with a Comb --
A spotted shaft is seen --
And then it closes at your feet
And opens further on --

He likes a Boggy Acre
A floor too cool for Corn --
Yet when a Boy, and barefoot --
I more than once at Noon
Have passed, I thought, a Whip lash
Upbraiding in the Sun
When stooping to secure it
It wrinkled, and was gone --

Several of nature's people
I know, and they know me --
I feel for them a transport
Of cordiality --

But never met this Fellow
Attended, or alone
Without a tighter breathing
And Zero at the Bone --
 

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Cat gone 24 hours
- A piece of his hair
Waving on the door

- Jack Kerouac
(King of the Beats),
American novelist & poet
(1922 - 1969)
 

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The racket of the starlings
In the trees --
My cat's back

- Jack Kerouac
 

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Chicken in a Cage


I - 'm inside
N - o room,
S - uffering with
A - ss wounds,
N - o beak,
I - nhumane torture
T - raumatizes me.
Y - are you doing this?

-- SunnysideTroll
 
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