Friday, June 1, 2012

Weekend Haiku & Limericks

Your challenge: write a haiku or limerick featuring one of the subjects discussed here in the past seven days: beach hoppers, 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 post your haiku or limerick in the comments, below.


  1. At the end of day
    you will cast  long shadows.
    Is yours straight and true?

  2. Like a beach hoppernever be too far from sea -you might need to flee

    flee across oceanto hospitable countrywhere you can be free

  3. Somehow thehaiku  lineation was lost on posting:

    Like a beach hopper
    never be too far from sea -
    you might need to flee
    flee across oceanto hospitable countrywhere you can be free

  4. Oh dear:  something wrong here - the second haiku comes up as all one line and refuses to be corrected.

  5. Hi Viv!
    I don't know why the lineation goes wonky sometimes (I think I've seen it mostly when I cut and paste, but still not sure)--thanks for trying again.

    And thanks for stopping by, all the way from France!  

    Readers can see more of Viv's poetry at

  6. The loblolly pines
    That stand tall in the backyard
    Take one's breath away.

    Whenever my dad
    Came to visit, he marveled
    At the height of them.

    His brain was riddled
    With the plaques of dementia,
    Yet he loved those trees.

    He was from Kansas.
    He knew few trees as a boy.
    These must have awed him.

    Early one morning
    We sat on the balcony.
    He stared up at them.

    "Ninety feet," he said.
    "How did you know?" I asked him.
    "From my logging days."

    I had forgotten.
    In wartime he logged in the 
    Pacific Northwest.

    Long ago mem'ries
    Are the last to go away
    When Alzheimer's strikes.

    He had pegged them right.
    Estimation skills intact.
    I loved knowing this. 
                              dkm, 06-02-12

    Thanks for bringing back a nice memory, and for the nudge to write it down. Hope it's not too long. And sorry that he contributed to the felling of those trees in your neck of the woods! It was another time. The experience likely contributed to his later environmentalist sensibilities. Like the Lorax, perhaps:-)

  7. see the old burrows
    beach hoppers moving about
    hiding in plain sight

  8. Lovely--that the tall trees could bring that part of him back.

    (And I know that many loggers love the woods :o)

  9. Hopping on the beach,
    Through the sand, close to the waves,
    Nope! Not a sand flea!

  10. I feel tall standing
    next to Japanese maples
    all shorter than me