Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Haiku Celebrations

I'll say this, I tried to pay as little attention the US election campaign as possible. When I felt I needed any kind of vague idea, I referred to D, who as an ex political theorist, was paying close attention to what was going on. I went to bed last night totally confident Obama would win. And whoohooo!!! he did! Well done America and thank you, Americans. See, "yes, you can!" I hope what we see before us is the dawning of a new era.

Given that I'm getting a sense of general elation across the news-waves and the ether, I figured it was time for some fun. The idea was helped along by Moonrat, over at Editorial Ass who has, over the past few days, been hosting a small competition. Moonie has been looking for haiku on any of the following topics:

-delicious foodstuffs
-my boyfriend Michael Chabon
-other things

Erm, it wasn't until I looked now, when I went to retrieve Moonie's url that I noticed what the prize was - you can tell, can't you, that I wasn't doing this to win! It's just that I love haiku, it is such a crisp word form with it's 5 - 7- 5 syllable count, and Moonie's challenge that we make her pee in her pants with laughter - or do something really outstanding - was too good to pass up. You can read some of the entries here. It's also incumbent upon me to say that it's the Moonrat's blog's second anniversary and her fans are so adoring, they've set up a special Celebrating Moonrat Blog, for her. How's that for adoration!

Moonie's haiku competition is now closed (hey, what can I say, I'm having a slow week!), but here are my offerings (some are variations on a theme) and I challenge you, in the comments, to come up with a haiku of your own - if you want - on any of the topics listed above or on the US election victory. C'mon, we may as well all celebrate, play, have fun and party!


Tip back clear liquid,
Do handstand on couch and crash.
The story of gin!

Invincible drunk
Does handstand on couch and falls.
No more drinking gin!

Delicious Foodstuffs

Slithery salty,
Delicate mollusc glistens.
Oyster slips down – more!

To revive the chi
Salt and sea together fresh
Sushi is the best.

Dark nights, dark satin,
Wooing lover tempts, beckons.
Chocolate calls me.

Jewel bright colours…
Crisp candy coating reveals
Smarties’ secret heart.


Smelly sock lingers,
While washing machine hungers.
Laundry god calls “Come!”

Bright soapsuds bubble,
Smelly socks come sweetly clean.
Monday means laundry.


mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks for the confidence and whatever good vibes you sent our way!!!!

love your haiku (yum to the oyster one),

if I hadn't stayed up late and got up early I'd get started on some election haiku.

speaking of getting started hear in the u.s. we have only just begun.... in fact, the song has become the earworm du jour!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

what a coincidence we were reading each other's blogs at the same moment!!!

thanks for the comment and well wishes.

ah thank goodness now I have

twilight zone music

as the worm.....

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

That's not coincidence, Kimy, that's synchronicity :-) I swear I can feel a complete energy shift flowing in the wake of this election - I suspect we may yet find many more synchronous, timely and interesting things happening!

And hey, come back and do some election haiku when you've recovered from the festivities!

Lane said...

Hurrah to the result!!

Love your Haikus. Chocolate calls me too. It's very noisy.


U.S.A today
Chapter Forty Four starts now
With vision and hope.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Oh well done! Love your haiku, Lane!!! Am thinking I may have to award prizes! :-)

And yes, isn't it strange how raucous chocolate can get... wait, what's that I hear.... Sorry got to dash, it's that bar of 70% Lindt in the cupboard yelling at me!

virtual voyage said...

Haha - love the smarties one.

One of my old ones -

a twist of lime jaws
a snake
in the glass

R.L. Bourges said...

gin? no champagne left?

There's more seafood over in Graulhet, if you like :-)


JaneyV said...

Delighted with that result too.

As for Haikus I'm afraid I'd pale by comparison to you (those gin ones seems particularly well researched!) but set me a limerick challenge and you're on.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Ooh, VV - good - I can just taste that sour lime reading this! Brilliantly done!

Well, RLB, the gin story was from my student days... ;-)

Erm, yes, Janey a little too well researched if my dim memory serves me correctly - I ended up with a sprained knee and was sailing in an interprovincial championship for the next 3 days where I was supposed to be hanging out on kickstraps to keep us upright... Needless to say we didn't win... Oh the joys of being a student, eh?
As for limericks - well, c'mon then, offer one up instead of a haiku!

mytory - just what kind of word verification is that?! I protest!

Anonymous said...

Oh go on give me the three line post - it was late, I'd been playing poker, 2 glasses of wine ... go on, go on, go on! Please ;o)


Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Jo, repeat after me, I will not drink wine or play poker when I am participating in NaBloPoMo!

Oh alright, you can have your three lines.

Must do better next time, teacher!

moonrat said...

thanks for the plug, and all the lovely haiku!!!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Pleasure, Moonie and hope you have a great bloggaversary - you chose a great day for celebrations! ;-)

Megan said...

I too liked the gin ones! My brain is mush today, but it's a happy kind of mush.

Off to Moonrat's!

Baino said...

Haha . .have to say Haiku is my least favourite form of prose but great when they're funny. Glad you have smelly socks to contend with as well! I worry slightly about your familiarity with the effects of gin! Mother's ruin it is!

Miladysa said...

Ditto Baino about haiku - yours being the exception.

You think they would have invented a prevention for sweaty socks in this day and age ;D

Gottawrite Girl said...

Haiku laundry. Love it. It's the regal-est it'll ever be... Nicky, do you take those photos? Seriously, do you? Do you live in a nature preserve? I LOVE THEM. Just trying to jigsaw the pieces together. : ) Susan.

Ello said...

I absolutely love the sushi one! That cracked me up hard!

Mellifluous Dark said...

Chocolate and Smarties ones are especially fab :)

I think something new/strange is going on, the synchronicity thing... Oooh!

Jefferson Davis said...

'Merkans strive to fly
over a historic line
on a crisp fall night.

A thousand gazes
upon a new-born nation
of life and promise.

Only time will tell
if the biases of old
will bid a farewell.

Vanilla, I love the Gin haiku's too! The one about oysters was masterful as well. I just love haiku's! :)

I'll be watching this chap, Obama, closely! To be honest, I don't really trust the man. I hope I am wrong. There really was no alternative. I would have voted for Hillary in a heartbeat.

I feel bad for McCain. He's an old guy that fought and suffered severely for the US of A. I certainly didn't want Palin to have control of the country, if he kicked the bucket!

I'm just glad that it is over. I'm tired of uncivil ads and pundits pushing drivel. :)

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I bet there were quite a lot of mushy brains around come yesterday morning, Megan! ;-)

Actually, I have to confess, Baino, I fortunately don't have smelly socks to contend with - it's er... poetic license! ;-) As for the gin, apart from that one experience, I never touched the stuff, never saw the point of it - but then again, aside from the odd glass of bubbly, I don't drink anyway - so dinna fash, lass!

Aren't there socks that have some kind of built in deodoriser stitched into them, Miladysa? Could have sworn I read about it somewhere...

LOL,yes, Susan, I do take all the pics that you see on the blog - unless otherwise indicated (and you'll notice there are very few indications otherwise). No, I don't live in a nature reserve, but I do live on the urban edge where there is a pine plantation, vineyards, the mountain, a couple of small farms and several greenbelts - all of which makes it sound quite rural, when it's actually just extended suburbia.

Glad you liked my dish of rainbow roll, Ello! :-) Hope the tooth isn't causing you too much grief?

Thanks, MD and... oooh, errr... ;-)

Love your haikus, JD! Thanks for playing along! ;-) I'm curious to know more about why you don't trust Obama? Drop me an email and tell more?
And yep, I think we're all glad it's all over now! :-)

Jan said...

Love your Haikus
Love the election result in fact I love your blog!
See you again soon!

Coffee Messiah said...

Nice Haiku selections a lost art indeed.

Here's hoping our now fearless leader doesn't do anything else to screw things up before he leaves!
; (

Miladysa said...

If there is, they have probably disappeared into the great sock hole...

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Enjoyed a good read here! And yes, well done to America, looks like they have lots to celebrate.

CJ xx

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Aw, Jan, thanks! :-)

Hmm, yeah, CoffeeM, I was kinda wondering if the fearless leader would decide to do something stooopid, before he goes...

Well, I guess too much washing might do that, eh, Miladysa ;-)

They do indeed, CJ, now it's just a question of seeing if BO can hold to his promises - he's got a tough job ahead of him and huge expectations upon him. Can't say I envy him the job.

Ropi said...

Well I was just contemplating about the election.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

YAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA!!!!!!!

*SO* excited and happy... seems like almost everyone is!

Love the photos, of course, and your haiku are very well done.

I laughed when I saw you'd slipped chocolate in there...

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

gaudiumdegaea said...

Can not do Haiku
Even if I wanted to
Haiku does not let me

Lie in bed read blogs
Bottom of laptop gets too hot
Lie in bed and sleep

breath held head up high
words of hope change yes can do
obama he is

OMG, I completely suck at counting syllables! Worse, coming up with lines that do justice to Haiku.
I like yours a lot Vanilla!

gaudiumdegaea said...

Haiku does not let me is 6 syllables, I just realised. Oh well I can say I tried. :)

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I think a lot of people have been contemplating and analysing the election, Ropi, it's been that kind of time! :-)

Ah, but what would haiku be without chocolate, or chocolate without haiku, Scarlett ;-)

LOL, brilliant, Gaye, gave me a really good chuckle. I think you're off to a flying start with your haiku! :-)

gaudiumdegaea said...

(ok third time trying to leave the same comment, even the word verification changed twice..... but here it goes anyways:)

*face lights up* thank you ma'am! :)

the (first) word verification today is redinap. i am ready so i will go sleep some!

Gottawrite Girl said...

Ok, YAYE. I am so glad to have this cleared up... The jig is up, Nicky ~ you live in PARADISE!