How to Write A Haiku

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Reader Comments (43)

Haiku!
Geshudteit.

December 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStKev

Haiku. Cannot think.
My story of writer's block.
Utter tragedy.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZerahl

Hey guys. What is up?
What is up with the spaces?
I am confused now.

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter???

Most haikus are gay.
All haikus are pathetic.
"Gay", as in Boy George.

(no handcuffs were harmed in the making of this haiku).

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjiggly mcsickfingers

Ha. Very funny.
What will he think of next, I
wonder? Guess we'll see.

February 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTabetha

Any moron can
Write haiku. Just stop at the
Seventeenth syllab

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVicis Subsisto

basic instructions:
meyer's unexamined life
is not worth living.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterinsomniac

I have to say it. Rick in the first panel is the single greatest thing ever. Greatest haiku, greatest use of Rick's picture. New Rick is quite tragic by comparison.
No haiku for you
Words dripping with irony
I follow suit. Damn!

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarty

five syllables, then
seven, then five syllables
blah blah fucking blah

(thanks to The Onion)

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrorschak

Haikus are easy
But they don't always make sense
Refrigerator

March 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTacomagic

I wrote a haiku
only to be told it is
pronounced ha-i-ku.

(Yes I feel a strange
compulsion to reply to
mentions of haiku.)

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTane

Occurs all the time:: One person writes a haiku and all do the same. Argh :) I can't resist, but I'll try to hide it by not writing in verse.

April 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPraelat

last frame is so true
the president of europe
writes often haiku's

May 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJay Walkerke

The last panel made my day... a friend of mine and myself have an ongoing limerick-haiku war. Well played, Scott Meyer...

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

This is poetry.
Technically, you can't deny:
I wrote a haiku.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

"Haiku" by Tally Hall: Fun little song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICtFeTGsMOo

July 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter575

Expressing yourself
With seventeen syllables
Is very diffic-

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeh Me

Uh, shouldn't that say "Adams" not "Adamas"?

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPrash

i love all these comment haikus
...and so was Rick's in panel 1

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterme

I'm easily impressed.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

I wrote a Haiku.
Now everyone will like me
and make love to me.


....Right?

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Master

T-shirts with haikus.
They're kind of overated,
But I'm wearing one.

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMcManx

Look at these comments!
There are too many haikus!
Now there is one more.

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Not all haikus made
Have to have seven or five
If I remember

August 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIcalasari

Haikus are not that
poetic in my book. So
I won't try.

September 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMad Crow

Haiku are viral
As all reading it write more
Spreading the word plague

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhyrexianRogue

My favorite haiku is "hide and seek / count to three / winter comes " (it's a haiku before you translate to english.) It's quite sad, really. That little kid standing there until winter. Manly tears...

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterL G

This is a haiku,
but there's one error in it.
good luck finding it.

I just made you count out syllables. THROUGH THE INTERNET.

January 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKibilocomalifasa

you guys have it all WRONG! haiku isn't just a 5-7-5 poem about ANYTHING, it's about an expression of one's perception of nature, with a heavy use of imagery!

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermitch gustav the robot

Mitch is very right
His comment hurts my nature
Now I get him back

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGracefulDisaster

I think it is weird
When one person writes haiku
Everyone else does

Haikus are so fun
But they don't always make sense
Refrigerator

This looks like haiku
It seems like it is haiku
But it's not

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

Haiku's are meant to include seasonal imagery. If they don't, don't bother. Especially in English.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeoX

For the information of the readers a Haiku is specifically about nature any mentions of any man-made object makes the poem a Senryu. Also a Haiku/Senryu should create a picture in one's mind and the last line should create an 'ah-ha' moment for example:

Beautiful splendor
In every natural shade
Glorious Sunset

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaperitz

I remember learning about haiku in my Asian Lit course in college. The first thing I learned is that if you stick to the syllable count, haiku doesn't work in English---there's too much description, because English words tend to be much shorter than Japanese words, and that basically defeats the point of traditional Japanese art, where what isn't shown or described is as important (or even more important) than what is.

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKwakerjak

Adama is from
Battlestar Galactica.
Writer's Mormon, see?

(Then again, I'm not sure I buy that angle.)

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Haiku, senryu,
Let's not split hairs over this
It's all in good fun.

August 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterReverie

Authentic haiku
Ought to invoke a season
Unlike Burma-Shave

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBD

Haikus are awesome
But some don't make any sense.
Refrigerator.

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

bald head, leafless branch,
missing the point can be fun,
basicinstructions

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter4eyez

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