There is a company in Michigan, M-Live, that owns several newspapers in various cities and towns. Apparently they began a little column a few months ago called “News Haikus” and the columnist was urging people to send in haiku about either local, state or national events in the traditional Japanese haiku form.
The traditional haiku form consists of 3 lines. The first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables. Normally haiku is about things in nature but you can also write about anything just so long as it is in that format.
I don’t have a subscription to our local paper, The Bay City Times, that is a part of that bigger state-wide newspaper group. I read it though whenever my neighbors are kind enough to let me borrow theirs after they are through with it.
So a few weeks ago I read that column and the haiku that had been printed from people all around our state. The funny thing is, I had started to play around with that haiku form a few months ago!
I then created some that were pertinent to some state and local political issues and e-mailed them in. And not one, but TWO of mine were printed in last Sunday’s newspaper, yay!
The second one printed about Donald Trump was only a part of the whole set of haiku I had ratttled off. I very much dislike Trump so once I got rolling on all the reasons why I dislike him, I couldn’t stop lol! I wasn’t sure if going beyond that 3 line limit was not something you do with a haiku but I thought, what the heck, I will submit the whole thing and see what happens.
I will try and find a link later to that newspaper article and include it in this post if I can. I’m right now trying to do 4 things at once before I have to leave and do a myriad of errands but I was so excited about seeing things I had written printed in a newspaper, I just had to shout it lol!
Thanks to all of you for your friendship and comments and support! You all are so great!
P.S. Well there was not a link that I could put up for you so I will just post here a portion of what was printed in that column. I already posted those haiku under my “Michigan Political Haiku” and “Politically Trumpy Haiku” posts which have further explanations concerning the two disgraced Michigan representatives and their scandal and then the longer sets of haiku concerning Donald Trump.
“And from Jeneane Behme, of Bay City:
‘Courser and Gamrat’s
false remorse must taste better
than their humble pie.’
Behme didn’t want to discuss only Michigan politics, however. She also had something to say about billionaire GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump:
‘With uber ego,
Trump scorches all his critics.
How can Trump lead us?'”
Quoted from “News Haikus”, Sunday, September 27, 2015 column in the “Bay City Times”