you’re not who I thought
when I put you up there–give
back my pedestal
by Edie Montgomery-Pool
This haiku was inspired by an experience a friend had. She met an American Idol who turned out to be not at all like their “nice person” image. It sounded like the fame went to their head. Hopefully that person will get a better grasp on things eventually and turn themselves around.
My friend met a lot of other American Idols who were just as awesomely cool as you would expect them to be.
Although the poem was inspired by them, it’s not just about that one person — it could be about anyone. I wanted to portray what it feels like when you think highly of someone only to be let down by them. I think everyone has experienced that feeling at least once in their life.
Wow, that was a lot of discussion for one tiny, little haiku. Did not set out to ramble on like that – LOL.
Beer Haiku Daily is just that – a site featuring a haiku each day having to do with beer and its effects. For example, here is the entry from last Monday:
That joke from last night
Is even less funny now
Than when you told it.
Great concept; amusing site. Go check it out now.
work is a circus
I trapeze without a net
surrounded by clowns
I love haiku, especially when it has a funny or quirky angle. If you’re feeling the love for haiku, too, here is a list of books that might interest you. (These would also make great gifts for that person you know well enough to feel obligated to buy a present, but don’t know quite well enough to figure out what the heck they’d want.)
As you probably know by now, Jay Leno is leaving The Tonight Show, and Conan will be taking over as host. I love Conan, so this makes me very happy. Jay Leno fans also have something to be happy about–now they won’t have to stay up so late to see him as he’ll be starting a new talk show, set to air weekdays at 10pm.
In honor of this momentous historical occasion (hee hee), I’ve written some commemorative poetry…
Goodbye Jay, Hello Conan (The Tonight Show)
by Edie Montgomery-Pool
I never watched you anyway
Your jokes aren’t really my style
They rarely made me crack a smile
Conan – hi!
You’re a funny funny guy
The moment I heard you’d be the new star
I programmed you into my DVR
And for those of you who like funny haikus (and who doesn’t love a funny haiku)…
Jay Leno Leaves The Tonight Show
by Edie Montgomery-Pool
So long, Jay Leno
Your giant chin will fill my
TV screen no more
(You may reproduce this poem in part or whole, on or in a website, email, podcast, or broadcast; permission for electronic reproduction is granted on the provision that the website on which the poem is published is not a vanity publisher or a scam poetry contest which requires its “winners” to make a purchase or pay a fee before being published. You may also reproduce this poem in print material for which net profits do not exceed $1,000. Author name must be included in any reproductions, and author must be notified whenever this poem is, or parts of this poem are, used. For all other uses not mentioned here, just ask and I will most likely say yes.) 🙂
I love traveling and travel poems and have written quite a few myself. Authors Den is a website where authors and poets can go to post their work, and readers can browse by subject, including travel poems.
I read through a few of the travel poems on the site today, and here are the beginnings of 5 of my favorites. You can click each title to read the entire poem or click on the author’s name to find out more about them.
1) Seattle by Eileen Clemens Granfors
A kaleidescope of umbrellas disembarked
Hovering above trench coats, uniform in tan and black,
Faces awakening to the day, shielded and mufflered;
Gray clouds, heavy as cement, obliterated expected signals of time
2) Haiku Journey by Gene Williamson
blurred in my train window
ancient cork trees
flight to malaga
the small plane so crowded
I have to stand
3) Athens After Dark also by Gene Williamson
By day we cruise the Aegean Sea,
with a short layover at Hydra, magic
isle where the only transport
is noisy mopeds and tired feet.
By night we relax over drinks
at a table in Constitution Square,
talking home with three hometown
sailors on leave from a cruiser
4) When There Are No Words by Brian M. Morrisey
It is 9:50 a.m. here in Changchun, China
in the distant light of mid-May
on a plane to Shenzhen
while everyone I know
sleeps nine hours behind me
along the abyss of California coastline
5) Typical British Weather Forecast by David M. Darbyshire
(A short, 4-line, funny poem. I’m not going to quote it because by the time I do, I will have re-published the entire poem. So, just click on the link to read it.)
If you want more, go to the travel poems category page at Authors Den. There doesn’t appear to be a screening process, but for a site that allows authors to post their own work, there is a surprisingly large amount of good poetry to be found here if you’re willing to sift through it.
Spam, our favorite mystery meat. I keep a can of it in the pantry at all times for when I get the occasional spam craving. But as soon as I’ve swallowed the last bite, I get this gross feeling, like “why did I do that?”
Keola Beamer also has a fascination with spam, but his is of the literary kind. Keola collects spam haiku. Here are a couple of samples:
Grotesque pinkish mass
In a blue can on a shelf
Pink tender morsel
Glistening with salty gel
What the hell is it?
You can find tons more spam haiku at keola’s site. (Unfortunately, no authors are credited.)
Kealo Beamer is a Hawaiian musician who specializes in the slack key guitar. Visit Keola Beamer’s homepage for more info or to buy a CD.