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#354: A Drinking Hay(na)ku

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photo by Miri Stebivka

NaPoWriMo introduces us today to a thing called the hay(na)ku). “Created by the poet Eileen Tabios and named by Vince Gotera, the hay(na)ku is a variant on the haiku. A hay(na)ku consists of a three-line stanza, where the first line has one word, the second line has two words, and the third line has three words. You can write just one, or chain several together into a longer poem,” and that’s what I did. The photo above is a couple of years old, but totally apropos, I think.

A Drinking Hay(na)ku on Day 10 of Napowrimo

After
Two gin
And tonics

You
Realize that
You’ve no poem.

This
Will not
Do at all.

You
Cannot drop
The 10th ball.

You
Must write
a poem today

Before
it’s time
For a martini.

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#169: Freshmen Boys

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My
7th period
class is chaos.

Boys
trapped in
their teenage bodies

don’t
know how
to do anything;

even
being human
is too difficult.

Listening,
completely out
of the question.

Seriousness,
a concept
that doesn’t register.

Respect,
never heard
the word before.

Girls,
poor things,
are sadly outnumbered,

know
what’s up
and ignore boys.

They
will wait,
patiently rolling eyes

until
these boys
understand their ridiculousness.

This
could take
several years, unfortunately.

* * *

Note:  To be fair, I must add that I do have a handful of freshmen boys who are NOT like the ones described above.  They know who they are.  They are rock stars.

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