Friday, March 23, 2012

Weekend Haiku & Limericks

Your challenge: write a haiku or limerick featuring one of the subjects discussed here in the past seven days: common murres, oil spills, or something from Monday's nature quote. Feel free to mine the comments, too.

Post your haiku or limericks in the comments, below. Remember the pattern of a haiku is: 

First, 5 syllables,
the second line has seven.
And 5 at the end.

A limerick is a wee bit more complicated. Here's one description.

Please (oh please!) post your haiku or limerick in the comments, below.


  1. Dying as we clean
    oil from feathers, beaks, feet
    one in ten survives.

    One in ten survives
    oil in lungs, gut, so toxic.
    Brace your breaking heart.

    Brace your breaking heart
    This may be the one who lives
    if you are thorough.

    If you are thorough,
    fiercely patient and hopeful,
    feather by feather.

    Feather by feather 
    is how we must save our world
    dying as we clean.

  2. Roxie! You never cease to amaze me!
    Neither haiku nor limerick--please remind me what this form of poetry is called.

  3. Oh, I remember what it is! A pantoum:

  4. A limerick isn't the place
    to see murres with an oily black face.
    Our faces turn green
    until birds come clean.
    (For humor, our Murr is the ace.)

    See "Murrmurrs" in Pat's "O my" link list.

  5. Ha! I thought of our friend Murr when I was writing about murres, too Rosemary. 

    For anyone who hasn't yet discovered the laugh-fest that is Murr Brewster, find her at

  6. Talk to trees and clouds
    Talk to everything alive
    They all answer back

  7. Yeah, then Murr hits us with Lily the geriatric pig smiling her last piggy smile in the sun.    Why couldn't she have ended with,"The emus' only job was to be good emus and they suck at it."