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H A I K U

A LITTLE HISTORY -- Haiku is both a type of poetic pattern and a way of experiencing the world. This short, 17-syllable form, usually written in three lines with a 5-7-5 syllable count, focuses our attention on a single, insightful moment. Haiku derives from a type of Japanese court poetry called tanka that was popularized and refined during the 9th through 12 centuries.

Three great masters of "hokku", Basho, Buson and Issa, lived during Japan's Edo-period (1600-1868) and their work still exerts a great deal of influence on how haiku is written today. All three men were born in rural villages and spent many years practicing and refining their art form as well as wandering the countryside, observing nature and the human condition. They followed in a long Japanese tradition of poet-wanders, who seek to experience the world through direct contact.  

Following the time-tested haiku formula of 5-7-5, people from all over the country wrote to to describe the current state of life… in the form a short poem. Feel free  to submit your Haiku about anything... 

THE ODD RHYTHMS OF INDEPENDENCE:
I've had no projects,
At all for four months or more,
Last week I got three


TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING:
Too much work ahead
I need to subcontract it
When it rains it pours


UNDEREMPLOYMENT IS A FULL-TIME GIG:
Business is down.
The phone does not ring.
I am busier than ever!


FAMINE, THEN FEAST:
Months passed in famine
Then six projects all at once
Five turned away. Ouch


LAST PERSON STANDING:
Times are not so good
Consultants take fulltime jobs
More work left for me!


ROMAN HISTORY:
There’s no place like Rome.
A salad of Caesars tossed
aside by the Goths.


PLAYING THE WAITING GAME:
Market started up
But now it is slowing down
I still have no work.

A PRESSING ISSUE:
Gutenberg printing
thrills all the writer types with
a moveable feat. 

 

 

RIDING THE UPS AND DOWNS OF CORPORATE LIFE:
Once I was needed
Then I was corporate fat
Unemployment sucks.


ASKING ALAN GREENSPAN FOR HELP:
Greenspan can control
Renewal of my contract.
Does he know my plight?


ALPHABETS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS
Alphabet of strength:
MLK, JFK, X
spelling civil rights. 


GOING PRO BONO. INVOLUNTARILY:
Work on the rebound
But checks 90 days past due
I work, but for free


CYCLICAL WISDOM:
Things are still dismal;
Advertising is first to
Go, last to return.


USING DOWNTIME TO PREPARE FOR UPTIME:
The economy
Takes a rest for a short time
Now take time to learn


LAUGHING STOCKS:
The young dot-wealthy
kiss hubris ’bye: bubble bursts.
Can’t cash laughingstocks. 


CONSULTING WORK IN CANADA:
Here in Toronto
Jobs are a plenty, of course
If networks are tight


SIGNS OF LIFE:
Business is better,
Many ask for software help,
Some can pay cash now.


ART OF CAREER MANAGEMENT:
Business stays steady
Though clients merge or dissolve,
Why worry or plan?


TWIN TOWERS:
The Twin Towers fall.
Sorrow, anger and pride rise
up from the ashes. 


SUMMARIZING THE NEWS:
In Denver high tech
The market's in the doldrums.
Contract? What is that?


PERSONAL APPEAL:
Oh, Economy!
When will you rebound for us?
We think hopeful thoughts.


PATIENCE PAYS OFF:
Biting fingernails
Will they renew the contract?
Signature arrives


SATISFYING THE BOTTOM LINE:
Projects still coming.
Somehow paying the mortgage;
Life is pretty good.


Feel free to submit your Haiku about anything... 

 

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