Poetry Warm Up Contest

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    As a writing warm up exercise, write a Haiku following the normal forms for your favorite show. Or, perhaps from your favorite Sci-Fi character…. The contest will run a week and the winner will be crowned Writing Master of the Board for a week.

    Japanese haiku have been traditionally composed in 5-7-5 syllables. When poets started writing English haiku in the 1950’s, they adopted this 5-7-5 form, thinking it created a similar condition for English-language haiku. This style is what is generally considered “traditional” English haiku.

    Below are some examples of Windows error messages. There is actually a grass-roots movement over there to replace the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft error messages with Haiku poetry messages like these bellow.

    The Web site you seek
    Cannot be located but
    Countless more exist.

    Chaos reigns within.
    Reflect, repent and reboot.
    Order shall return.

    Program aborting:
    Close all that you have worked on.
    You ask far too much.

    Windows NT crashed.
    I am the Blue Screen of Death.
    No one hears your screams.

    Yesterday it worked.
    Today it is not working.
    Windows is like that.

    First snow, then silence.
    This thousand-dollar screen dies
    So beautifully.

    With searching comes loss
    And the presence of absence:
    “My Novel” not found.

    The Tao that is seen
    Is not the true Tao — until
    You bring fresh toner.

    Stay the patient course.
    Of little worth is your ire.
    The network is down.

    A crash reduces
    Your expensive computer
    To a simple stone.

    Three things are certain:
    Death, taxes and lost data.
    Guess which has occurred.

    You step in the stream
    But the water has moved on.
    This page is not here.

    Out of memory.
    We wish to hold the whole sky
    But we never will.

    Having been erased
    The document you’re seeking
    Must now be retyped.

    Serious error.
    All shortcuts have disappeared.
    Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

    Well hopfully not too blank. See what you can come up with Sci-fi wise. 😀


    790 poetry anyone? 😉

    Cold lips taunting me
    Beauty that torments my soul
    Perfection wears black


    Hummm, no other muses have visited yet? Okay, well here is something else in the Lexxian vein.

    Breathe not the same air
    as my beloved blonde goddess
    you cowardly dolt.

    I shall have to think up something for Red Dwarf, since I like that show too. 😀


    Here’s an old one of mine

    Xev’s first love is dead
    The robot has no body
    Stan’s all alone too


    Homage to B5:

    The Shadows are gone,
    Marcus might not be that dead.
    B5 WILL return.

    Pretty crap but my first attempt!

    Bambooshoot 😳


    six of none
    with fancy flee
    resign to failure

    a kingdom for fool
    with masking ape
    mimics charade

    white translucent roar
    crimson rushes
    the ball drops


    shallow space traveler
    feline movements, mirrored grace
    of course he looks good


    Cat has always been a favorite of mine. Both the Sadgeezer one and the Red Dwarf one. 😀 Ah well, More 790?

    Red hair inflames me
    pale white flesh untouchable
    my love loves me not.

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