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Trial Balloon: August 24, 2009 Archive

Take a Haiku

Posted at 6:00 AM on August 24, 2009 by Ann Reed (17 Comments)

Whenever Dale has asked me to co-host, I get to have a taste of what it would be like to be the host of a radio show. It's only a taste because what I get to do is pick songs and talk. Someone else has to do the technical stuff. (Not that I couldn't learn.)

Don't get me wrong, I love being a songwriter, but I've been at it for 30 years and I have been entertaining the thought that one day soon I might want to do something else. Hosting a radio show ... hmmm ... I wonder if you need a degree for that ...

So thank you, Dale and Mike, for asking me to host today. And thanks to Jasper for the song suggestions. It's very pleasant to get advice from someone who doesn't seem to mind when you do something else instead.

Since I don't get many chances to blog, I want to reveal a secret, something only a select group of people might know. OK, I'll just spill it: I write haiku every day.

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 17 syllables (or moras as they are sometimes called), in three metrical phrases of five, seven, and five moras respectively. Haiku in English usually appear in three lines and typically contain a kigo, or seasonal reference, and a kireji, or verbal caesura (pause or break). For now, never mind the kigo and kireji -- let's just have a swing at getting five syllables in the first line, seven in the second line and five in the third line, like these:


many tomatoes
hanging, waiting on the vines
all of them are green

finding the music
amusing, strange, uplifting
Radio Heartland

Try it -- you'll be hooked!

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