Saturday, December 20, 2008

Winter Haiku Festival

Remember learning the Haiku poetry form in school? Let's see what you can come up with! Here are a few the kids and I made up this morning.

While these were written in play (because I find playfulness a great way to encourage the kids to write), I certainly mean no irreverence towards the Haiku form. Any Haiku contributions are welcome, serious or silly-- please share your inspiration via the Comments form!

You may also notice a Limerick snuck in there.... the work we did with limericks last weekend seems to have made a lasting impression on the kids!

1.
walking in the snow
we do not know where to go
we will never know
- Bela Westfall

2.
spring thaw reveals gifts
mountains of wet doggie dung
fling it over there
- Rachel and Bela Westfall

3.
in the night stars glow
they will go where we don’t know
shining on the snow
- Bela Westfall

4.
the stars walk in the night
we see them shining so bright
they go to a cave
they fall in a wave
but now they feel alright
- Ursula Westfall—this started as a Haiku, but she got very upset by the short number of lines and turned it into a limerick!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's thirty below
WalMart shoppers clog the lot
Cars belching thick smog

Meandering Michael said...

Sorry, I got carried away...

TWO HAIKU IN TRIBUTE TO SNOWBALLS
Balls of snow
flying through the air
caught my eye

The snowmen
pay attention to
their snow balls

TWO HAIKU IN TRIBUTE TO SLED DOGS
Steaming breath
trails behind the dogs
as they pull

Dog feces
are easy to scoop
when frozen

THREE HAIKU IN TRIBUTE TO THE PERSONAL HAZARDS OF THE COLD
A boy's tongue
left part of itself
on the pole

Beardsicles
are not conducive
to kissing

In the cold
some body parts grow
and some shrink

RachelW said...

WalMart, hehehe...

Michael, these are brilliant! I especially like the personal hazards of cold... beardsicles! So true.

Grossed out Mum said...

Picking deep and slow
while he studies trading cards
eats his nose buffet

Meandering Michael said...

In hindsight, "snotsicles" would have been an even better word than "beardsicles"

Kyddryn said...

Dark days grow longer
Bright cold wind cuts through the days
Warming towards spring

Shade and Sweetwater,
K

mike-mike-g said...

1,2,3,4

who are we rooting for

the young the old

the cold the snow

children reading

children writing

freezing--pee-ing

Bela

Ursula

Star bright--star light

I froze my nose in

a half moon lit night

I seen tonight the

the frost in the night

while I was lost in

jack frost

Ahhhh, those northern lights

in the frosty nights

I see the light in the night...;)

Kyddryn said...

Curled ribbons beckon
Inviting hungry felines
To the paper feast

Quiet in the night
They snack on many colors
Soon, festive cat box
~~~~~
This morning the sun
Was reborn to the Goddess
Happy Yule, Sister

Shade and Sweetwater,
K

RachelW said...

There is so much talent here! Snotsicles, a festive cat box, a nose buffet, northern lights, frozen pee....

RachelW said...

Here's one dedicated to mike-mike-g who shivered all night to keep the rest of us warm, then got on the computer in the wee hours to entertain us....

pulling hose all night
bringing warmth to chilly fools
now he writes haiku

:) :)

Ravy said...

alas!
_____

we looked for the loo
we needed to let go poo
no loo poo on shoe.

Yours truly, Ravy

RachelW said...

Ravy! I'm so glad you found your way back in! :)

Meandering Michael said...

mike-mike-g inspired me to write another:

Ignorant child
blissfully licking
yellow snow

RachelW said...

Ha! Too funny-- I had one going through my head when we were out walking friday, playing on the #1 winter Golden Rule: Never Eat Yellow Snow!