Sunday, February 22, 2015

I'm In

Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry typically characterized by three qualities:

  • The essence of haiku is "cutting" (kiru). This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji ("cutting word") between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colors the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
  • Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively.  "On" may be Japanese for syllables.  Who knows?  Not me, that's for sure.  It's all Greek to me.

    After careful consideration and intense scrutiny of the entrails of a very cranky owl, I have decided to participate in the 2015 A-Z Challenge (I can hear the groans worldwide).  
"You're going to examine my what!?
Okay, it's MORE than three!  It's MORE than three!!"
    In the past, I just chose any old topic based on the letter of the day.  This goes a long way to explaining "X-Men."  For the letter 'X.'  (I would think this goes without saying).

    I've also picked a "History" theme in a recent challenge.  Obviously, my topic "du jour" was targeted to the letter "du jour" (French for "of jour"). 
For the letter 'X'
Although 'J' for 'junk' would have worked.

    This year, I have decided to do a "Haiku" for each letter of the alphabet.  I'm almost positive that you picked up on that's why I opened this post with a description of a "haiku" (thanks, Wikipedia!).

  NOTE:  I am confident that you had already gathered this.  Visitors to Penwasser Place are widely known for their high intelligence.  Not so much for their taste, though.

    Nothing high brow for me, no sir.  Don't expect flowery descriptions of a summer day juxtaposed (the third time a version of this word has appeared here.  See if you can find the other two!) against the soft golden rays of a setting sun.  Neither will you read a heartfelt homage to a first love or the bittersweet of a first love lost.

    No, if I can, I'll work in a fart haiku (which I could use for the letter 'F,' come to think of it).

    I think this will be a challenge because, after all, coming up with enough haikus (or should that be 'haiki'?  I should look that up) for each letter of the alphabet (which is 26, if you're outside of the Mississippi Education System) will be a...challenge.  See?  I can't even come up with a synonym for 'challenge.' So, I can see I may be screwed from the outset.

    Of course, this means I'll have to cut back a little on the writing of my next book, It's An Adventure (which is sure to be a smash besteller on the order of The Wit and Wisdom of Joe Biden).  That's okay though because it sucks I'm ahead of where I want to be.
"I forgot to include verbs!
Thank goodness there's lots of pictures!"
    Expect several reposts for the month of March as I prepare for the challenge.  My plan is to have several on delay so that I may peruse (NOTE:  Not the plural for 'Peru') those blogs which are also participating.

    NOTE:  Blogs don't participate.  The people who write blogs do.  Is it any wonder nobody's buying my books?

As a preview:

For the A To Z
I will write funny haikus
Oh, no!  Godzilla!

    Like I said.  Nothing highbrow here.

  And probably not terribly funny.


  1. Good for you. I am still trying to decide to do it or not.

    1. It really is going to be a challenge coming up with 26 of the things. The good news is that,since they're so short, people will more easily come and go. Hopefully, they won't suck too badly (the haikus, not the people). Because then people will come and go. And stay gone.

  2. I admire you for accepting this challenge, and I look forword to your haikus, especial the one about farts.

    1. I am soooo going to write a fart haiku.
      I am such an unsophisticated mess.

  3. Syllable in Japanese is 音節 (Onsetsu)

    On means "sound" and setsu means "section"

  4. Replies
    1. I'm not sure which letter, but I'm sure the Garden State will make it.

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    1. It was either that or a month of Captain Captions tied to a specific letter.
      That would have been TOO challenging, I'm afraid.

  6. A great idea.
    One that should get good results.
    I hope you succeed.

    1. I really wanted to do something different (I did have fun with the history theme, though).
      We'll see.

  7. Ass, Batman, Crotch, Death, Eating, Farts, Ground, Hello, Itching, Jinx, Kicked, Lost, Morning, Nuts, Old, Porn, Queen, Rats, Sh*t, Top, Under, Vice Versa, Women, Xena, Yes, Zapped

    There you are, sure you can make all umm colorful at our sand bar

    1. And don't think I won't use a couple of them.
      Especially 'X.'
      Unless I do a Xerxes haiku.
      It would make him happy.

  8. Fuck Republicans
    Fuck almost all Democrats
    Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck


  9. I'm not groaning because you're doing the Challenge, I'm just groaning for no reason like I always do. I'm glad you'll be joining us. Haikus or haiki or whatever they are will be such fun.

    Don't forget to add yourself to the theme reveal so you can tell more people.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

    1. I will. Better go check out the when and where of it.

  10. I still don't understand what a haiku is and never will. I've tried to, but I don't get it. I always love yours, though. They make me laugh hysterically.
    Wait, maybe I have it. Is this a haiku?

    Man sits on toilet
    Reads paper, farts
    It stinks!

    Nah, I'll leave the haikuing to you. I'm going to mock Martha Stewart instead.

    1. Yeah, she has so much up her arse.

      PS I'm linking to you. My upcoming post reminds me of you, and I say this lovingly. =) xo

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    1. To be more balanced, I'd have to write two boob haikus. me an idea.

  12. Brother Penwasser, by now you know that I love a good Haiku ("Hump Day Haikus" are one of my favorite posts). I can't wait to see yours.

    1. Well, since you've shown me yours, it's only polite that I show you mine.
      Oops. Wait...

  13. Hehehehehehe - this should be good. Damn good.
    Ah… see, you've just made my day and that my dear bosom buddy, Al, is what it's all about. Me, being happy.
    And, now I am, 'cause… (clinking of glasses underway, one glass in each hand since you can't actually be here to do your own drinking, geez, I gotta do everything) the party just isn't the same without you, nor is the A to Z.

    Cheers, Jenny
    2015 A to Z Challenge Ambassador

    1. Hmmmmm.....'bosom'.....maybe a 'B' haiku???

    2. bosom buddies yes
      put us to the test today
      hold me not at bay

      Damn, that was hard work, and you plan on working that hard for all of April? You're a better man than me… hahahahaha, yup… me and my hammer, I've earned my pants! (big girl pants no less)

    3. It really helps when you're silly.
      "Oh, no! Godzilla!"
      Yeah, it's like that.

  14. Well this will be interesting. Praise the lord and pass the ammunication.

    1. The more I think about, the more I think it will indeed be fun.

  15. Wow! That's impressive, Al. Doing the challenge is one thing, doing it all in Haiku..simply amazing!

    1. I hope so. Another consideration I had was doing a "Captain Caption" for the challenge. But, that's a LOT of letters. I was worried that, in an effort to be funny, I would end up just being mean.
      And I never want to do that.

  16. A haiku for each letter? Aren't they just 3 lines of verse? What a brilliant way of making the A-Z challenge easy - it should be less stressful than taking a dump. (Maybe you could work that idea into the Fart haiku).

    1. The way I was thinking....
      Three lines...easy to write.
      Three lines...easy to read (which I think is important for the challenge as people want to "get in and get out").
      Yes, "get in and get out" IS a double entendre.

  17. I'll participate one of these years...I've been saying that since 2012 :)

    1. I keep saying I'm gonna try out for the Yankees, too. So far, nuthin'...

  18. Now I have nothing to look forward to for Easter and Passover. You always make A to Z fun, Al! Glad you'll be back again in April!


    1. I hope to have both Easter and passover haikus.
      And some chocolate eggs along with matzoh crackers with peanut butter.
      Because that's how I roll.