30 June 2009

Haiku Update

Ran One Mile Last Week.*
Legs Still Quite Sore From Grandma's.
What, Did
G Retire** Also?

*Is "Mile" one or two syllables?
**Is "Retire" two or three?


Marcy said...

Pffftt if you were around more you'd know that G is on vaca! Probably stalking you out as we speak :P Go check your bushes.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Check your own bushes, Teh Marcy!

By which I mean the one outside your house and the one roughly 8 inches south of your navel (1 inch, if you are part-Italian).

There is no reason for you to do this. I just wanted to plant that image in Dr. Nic's mind.


Marcy's bushes checked:
Could missing G be in there?
Question: In which bush?

SteveQ said...

Wrong number of syllables in the third line (and no reference to season or color and no "cutting" word).

"A haiku is more
Than seventeen syllables
Written in three lines."

I'm taking on the Beat Helen quest this Saturday (it's the 4th of July; an American has to win).

Helen said...

Bring it on Steve - John Mass is keeping me honest and so we're shooting for sub-4:30 :)

Nic - how's the WI/Kenyan search coming along??

Jess said...

Mile is one. Retire is two.

nwgdc said...

Teh M: I only read G's blog for the links or references to you. If none are present, I skip over the (useless) filler.
G: No comment.
SteveQ: Your (useless) is endless. I'm just happy I got the 5-7-5 right. TAKE THE IRISH CHICK DOWWWWWWWNNNN!
Helen: I still drink better than you.
Jess (resident English Prof): Thank you. got it right.

carrie said...

I think midwesterners add extra syllables to everything. I call it talkin' hillbilly. Some of my old people around here say "ya-yus" (for yes), it drives me nuts.

bill carter said...

Hi Nic

I FINALLY got a chance to read about your experience at Grandma's and I am really sorry. As I read about your experience it brought me back to my own at the Air Force Marathon last year. I think of you and I as being similar runners and doing a lot of the same preparation. But nothing can prepare you for heat when it comes to the marathon. There is such a fine line when you are going 26.2 and a hot day makes it almost impossible to achieve that goal time you deserve. Don't beat yourself up as there will certainly be better days. You ARE
that kind of runner.

BTW, I may just take you up on that offer of lodging. I was strongly considering doing Fox Cities, but it looks like I am doing the Toronto Waterfront instead. I am dying for a PR and weather permitting that may be it..

Take care Nic and best of luck with your recovery.

SteveQ said...

Nic, I counted "Also" as part of the haiku. Shame it wasn't part of it; it was the best part.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Wait. Why is "also" being relegated to the non-poetry ghetto? What poem is not improved by the slapping on of random "also"s at the ends of lines?

To HELL with scansion!

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day also?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate also.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And Summer's lease hath all too short a date also

Man, that's WAAAY better also.

You know, Erza Pound's famous haiku had a couple extra syllables at the end (making it "haiku-like"). You could have just claimed to be emulating him.

Instead, you throw "also" under the bus.

Nice, Nic. REAL nice.

SteveQ said...

Wow, Glaven slams us both (mostly me) at once and makes me laugh (not an easy task). But the "Also" is on the same line as the haiku and before the punctuation, plus Every Word Is Capitalized, so you can see my confusion. And it makes sense that way, as one mile run would suggest Nic retired Also.

Now I'll probably have to defend my thought that n#ts@ck was assembly language.

Marcy said...

I have thangs to say G but I will refrain from saying them on Dr Nic's blog. I wouldn't want to dirty his blog up :P

Danielle in Iowa said...

If you wrote and/or pronounced "mile" in Spanish, it definitely is two.

But since I suck at haikus, I am not even sure which one you are going for.