Most art styles often take years of training to do well, but it’s not difficult to achieve a mediocre haiku. Haiku is my preferred weapon in the battle against boredom in meetings or during class. They’re easy to do in a short period of time; they don’t rhyme and they’re super short (three lines, 5-7-5 syllables), plus I look like I’m paying attention and taking notes (which, in a way, I am). I lean toward critical or humorous haiku, usually regarding the people around me, but occasionally about myself. Like so:
It hurts when I poke
myself in the eye, like this:
ow, ow, ow, ow, ow.
See? I just wrote that. Just now. Super easy.
I’d like everyone to give it a shot just to see what a fun creative outlet haiku can be. I keep asking my coworkers (and Dad) for them when they’re bored in meetings (and my coworkers definitely are), but to no avail.
I’ve taken to writing haiku about my classmates and sharing it in the classroom group chat. My professor really enjoys it, so whenever there’s a technical issue or a delay of some kind, the professor (and sometimes my fellow students) will ask for a haiku about it to keep us entertained. I keep it light at try to be funny. It passes the time, and I like to see the smile on people’s faces after they read my little poems.