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How to Haiku

I tried to find a consolation
                to my frustration

saying to myself that it's not a question of whether it's right or wrong, maybe it's just different. But this constant-reiteration is like a surgical interruption of the nerve tracts of my shrinking brain; once again I make a prefrontal leucotomy to myself  just to avoid the cognizance of my reprehensible ignorance or my negligence

It's neither traditional or contemporary 
nor proper or improper
it's just the prosaic practicality
of a pro-preposterous absurdity

But who am I trying to fool using pretentious and alliterated words? 
How difficult is it to accept that I can't write a haiku?

I know it's unfair to quote out of context but when the master Issa said 
"[...] try to forget all of the rules," he was wrong
I tried it before and I could only get unrhymed footles

The king of fruit, nah!
No metaphors until I could understand what "absolute or deep metaphor" means
To be or not to be a watermelon
No personification allowed
Watermelons rhymes with fellons, nah! 
Those Watermelons...nah! No Caps 
Oops! The kigo! The season word! 
Easy: watermelons are the most popular summertime fruit!
The Kireji, my "cutting word" is typical of an IQ above 140: a knife!
My yuxtaposition: another geniality! 
The watermelons are...are you ready?
The watermelons are yuxtaposed in a "pile" 
side by side one upon the other, showing their differences
5,7,5: 17 syllables! 3 unrhymed lines without a title! I did it! With my own hands!
What a joy!

those watermelons cost ten cents more than a knife the fruit prices rise
I captured the precise moment in which "I" realized that the watermelons cost 10 cents more than a knife! Aha! An instance of apprehending the true nature of fruit prices to raise awareness and a recognition of its essence, which, in this case, is the watermelon scent. Also, as the way the economy is going, everybody can relate to it: a universal haiku! Original focus/experience/clear images/perfect! If somebody has the audacity to haikuticize ME, I can still play the card up in my sleeve:Creativity! Creativity in arts: my undeniable power of unrestricted use to determine...whatever! to transcend traditional ideas, rules, concepts, and whatever! to create new forms: an 8-lines-Nonet, an unrhymed footle, a 17 syllables-Sonnet (Rubenserian), or whatever! A Whaikutever! I think I've created a new form... I(Me)am so talented!

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  1. Date: 2/14/2013 8:35:00 PM
    Ruben, Stopping by with sincere thanks for your kind comments. It is appreciated more than words or can say... Wishing you the best Valentine's Day YET! Always & Forever :-) LINDA

  1. Date: 1/12/2013 8:00:00 AM
    Well Ruben, Haiku are suppose to get the mind working, and somewhere in all that you wrote is a gem of one... i have not read the comments through lack of time,,, but your poem strikes a chord with me,, and of course what i think maybe totally wrong... but i see in your poem, a society where purchasing something you can kill with, is cheaper than food in which we need to survive.... and in that contects... i think this Haiku could be one of the best i've ever read... sorry for being long winded

  1. Date: 11/15/2012 9:25:00 AM
    Hello, Ruben! Just call me Hanitra (it means "scent" or "perfume")... A genius is giving a clear analysis of what literature can do to our twisted traditional or modern brains, hahaha! I hope the activity turned your frustration into a new satisfaction; this newborn and PROPERLY baptized baby should peep in Dad's work from time to time. Haiku is yours now, whaikutever I would say; and I won't, my friend...(^_^)! Blessings, Hanitra

  1. Date: 5/20/2012 6:54:00 PM
    Love it phenomenal!!!!!!

  1. Date: 5/4/2012 12:33:00 PM
    A belated' thank you for the comment you left on this very same contest' at least your win was not removed SandyIvyDavis

  1. Date: 5/4/2012 5:35:00 AM
    A belated congratulations on your win in the "Ku Ku Crazy" Ruben. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/3/2012 11:38:00 PM
    It didn't work for me, Ruben. Am I supposed to not repeat the < > parts? I just did one pair of those symbols with center in the middle followed by one pair of those symbols with word italics inside it. Did I do wrong? Well, I'm going off here now. I'll see ya tomorrow!

  1. Date: 4/30/2012 3:13:00 AM
    a creative shift, ruben.. atta boy!..congrats!..:) hugggs

  1. Date: 4/29/2012 1:28:00 AM
    Ruben congrats on your win, loved this first time around..David

  1. Date: 4/28/2012 9:46:00 PM
    You are the whipped topping on the ice cream float, the shakeyspear of Rubenserian poetry! You are a GENIUS of uncontrollable proportions! ha ha he he ta ta ha ha continually crack me up! Congrats on this very creative out-of-the-box write! Gwendolen

  1. Date: 4/28/2012 9:34:00 PM
    LOL! Congratulations on your very well deserved and thought out win funny man!! lol big hugs,love deb

  1. Date: 4/28/2012 9:15:00 PM
    Congrats on your 5th place in my contest I love your whaikutever idea xxxx Hugs

  1. Date: 4/27/2012 1:34:00 AM
    Indeed you are, and thanks for stopping by. I miss your creativity as well. Nice work!!!

  1. Date: 4/26/2012 12:48:00 AM
    Haha! I love it! :) Oh! The process of writing so few words just the way I want them is already enough...I don't possess the genius to write them nearly as others would want them...reading the comments here...oh some of them made me laugh so hard!!! Brilliant dear Ruben...:) on my favs for future reference. ''Haikuticize'' -- what a great word!

  1. Date: 4/25/2012 4:52:00 AM
    Ruben I like this from the start to that Rubenesk finnish, way to go..David

  1. Date: 4/23/2012 7:15:00 PM did I miss this??????? I need to check your poems more often...!!!!! I'm laughing my A__ off !!! Yessireeee You, are so talented funny with Whaikutever your writing takes you!! If you keep this up, I'm gonna have to spend more time on the soup!! I'm missin' the fun stuff!!!

  1. Date: 4/16/2012 3:00:00 AM
    See you wrote a primer for a seconder at it, and you contemplated where I hesitated the flunking of it ... genius is so much courage, so much poise if I ever rage. Reuben, you are such a sincere, marvelous wit.

  1. Date: 4/15/2012 11:22:00 AM
    lol, what a great new form that would be. many congrats on your wins

  1. Date: 4/14/2012 6:43:00 PM
    Hello dear poet ! And you know that you got an "A" on this Haiku ! Awes words my friend ! So happy to hear from the likes of you soul ! Have a wonderful weekend Ruben ! Much love, james

  1. Date: 4/14/2012 11:20:00 AM
    Oh YES you are, dear Ruben!! You are most definitely talented and this is prime example of that talent! Oh I Love this, just simply do!! I am really faving this one! You are a genius for writing this one-- now that I got to read it in its entirety, and not just the haiku in bold :D, you nailed it! I won't even haikuticize this-- haha love that, "whaikutever" :D ^_^!!