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Walkus 98-103 (Tennyson, Walks & Rover) by Vega & Haiku

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Walku 98 (Tennyson)

Vega:
“Water to the left…”
Haiku:
“Water to the right…”
Both:
“Into the puddles!”

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Walku 99 (A Walk in the Woods)

Vega:
“Along forest paths
Through the winding woods we go…”
Haiku:
“Daddy will guide us.”

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Walku 100 (Rover!)

Haiku:
“What’s ‘Roverandom?’ ”
Vega:
“It is a book by Tolkein.
It’s about a dog.”

Walku 101 (and Rover again!)
Haiku:
“What does this dog do?”
Vega:
“He has lots of adventures
And goes to the moon.”

Walku 102 (Rover and Out!)
Haiku:
“Is he big and brave?”
Vega:
“No, pint-size; he is tiny –
Smaller than you are!”

Walku 103 (And Really Out)

Haiku:
“It’s not ‘quantity’
It’s the quality that counts –
And it’s there ‘I’ win!”.

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Haiku today is going on her first solo Walkus - 4 penned with a wistful feel to them.

#puppy # puppies

All-Around-The-World Haiku (a haiku [or more] a day for World Poetry Day 21st March 2015)

World Poetry Day plus 1

(AKA ‘An Englishman an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a bargain basement)

18th October

Flag England

United Kingdom Haiku (not technically a country, but I thought that as it’s where I am – I would make an allowance).

United Kingdom

(Well, that is the first line done)

Green and pleasant land.

-/-

Flag England

England Haiku

Where Angles once met

With the Saxons and did stay

It is not Saxland!

-.-

Flag Ireland

Ireland Haiku

Ireland, to be sure;

Emerald green and Guinness;

Top of the morning.

-/-

Flag Scotland

Scotland Haiku

Haggis; Robbie Burns;

Bagpipes and a warm sporran;

Porage with some salt.

-/-

Flag - Wales

Wales Haiku

Iechyd da! they greet us

Yakki Darr is what we hear;

Good Morning to you!

-/-

Flag Nortern Ireland

Northern Ireland Haiku

Lough Neagh at its heart;

Ship-building and the ‘troubles’

Bangor is pretty.

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NB and if anybody would like me to put up a haiku of theirs for their country of the world (and we can put some up for states of America, counties of Uk and Ireland, etc.) let’s see how that goes, shall we? Graeme:) –

Further Reference  to the Flags used can be sought here:Flags - Fun-with-Flags

Though it may not be found there!

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Walkus 86-88 (Squirrel 2, Dad Again & Greetings!) by Vega & Haiku

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Walku 86 (Squirrel 2)
Haiku:
“I’m Squirrel Nutkin?”
Vega:
“No, I am; and so’s my wife!”
Haiku:
“No – still don’t get it.”

Walku 87 (Dad – Again!)
Haiku:
“What is dad doing?”
Vega:
“Just being Dad – he’s a bit…”
Haiku:
” Silly?”
Vega:
“That’s ‘one’ word!”

Walku 88 (Greetings!)
Vega:
“Hello! Hi! Hello!”
Haiku:
“Hi! Hello! Hi! Hello! Hi!
Both:
“Can we lick you! Yay!”

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Haiku and Vega 1 edit

A Gift (of a Haiku)

One Random Haiku

If you would like a Haiku as a gift, please let us know your genre requirements and we shall endeavour to provide you with a tailor-made Haiku that will satisfy your poetical needs – we do not charge for this service – but a ‘like’ is always appreciated – thank you G & J:)

Some Queueing Haikus (four or more – I’m not quite sure) Count them and you’ll see!

Queuing Haikus (suggested by CFS) by Graeme Sandford

No. 1

Dad? Are we there yet?”

Me: “Nearly; it’s not far now”

I lied; Then she cried.

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No. 2

The heater it worked;

Hot air streaming out at me

as the engine boiled.

-/-

No. 3 (remembering I am in a long traffic queue driving in a car!)

A serene calm fell;

All around me there was peace –

As I fell asleep.

-/-

and follow it with another idea for a haiku that I have just had, entitled:

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When the time I Have To Write Poetry is Short- I will write Haikus by Graeme Sandford

Which is also called (by me) the ‘Title Haikuby Graeme Sandford

Title Haiku: is its also title;

But, this is is not the haiku that you were expecting:

That was in the title itself.

Such fun to play with a format or bend the rules a little. I am always up for having a playful go at tweaking my words to give added depth or meaning – or just because I am a cheeky type!

Seventeen syllables is a little short for some – it’s like being served up a polo mint (other mints are avilable) instead of the family roast you were expecting (just an example).

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Vega & Haiku’s National Poetry Day Walkus (80-82)

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Walku 80 (NPD)

Vega:

“Are we writing one?”

Haiku:

“National Poetry Day?”

Vega:

“It is.”

Haiku:

“Yes! One each!”

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Walku 81 (Vega’s Haiku – This Pup is a Poet!)

Vega:

“I can write haiku;

That are full of sweet phrases –

And still chase my tail!”

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Walku 82 (Haiku’s Haiku – It’s the Little Things)

Haiku:

“The trees are all tall;

The river is wide and deep;

Why am I so small?”

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Haiku and Vega 1 edit

Poems for National Poetry Day, 2014 (1-4) by me!

NYPD 2

NPD Poem 1 – Haiku for NPD

I’ll write you poems –

National Poetry Day –

Here is the first one!

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NPD Poem 2 – Poetry Rush-Hour Haiku

My Tweet just won’t Tweet!

The Poetry Highway Jammed?

Rush-Hour Poetry!

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NPD Poem 3 – Waving Farewell To My Children

My poetry went!

Off into the big yonder;

Where the wild things are!

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FaceBook Status Poem

Paul Bickmore has suggested our statuses should rhyme;
And, as it’s National Poetry Day, it won’t be a crime;
So hone up your efforts, make them sublime;
Write them soon, we haven’t much time;
Polish them up, don’t give out the grime;
And wish them good luck, or even “L’chaim!”
And give us a poem that is into its prime;
And if it’s ‘very’ good we’ll preserve it, not in quicksand, but lime;
And if it’s really ‘bad’ we’ll recite it in mime!

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15 more various and even more random Haiku – (upon such random subjects as ‘Love,’ Starbucks’ & ‘Advertising’)

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Advertising my 15 Haiku Haiku

My 15 haiku –

in a neat and tidy post –

ready for your eyes!

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Advertising my 15 Haiku Haiku 2

Fifteen of my best –

You should ‘not’ see the worst ones –

they are toe-curling!

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Haiku (Draft) Haiku

I’ve avoided drafts;

They are just works in progress;

I’m not progressive

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Haiku Challenge: Eager

Eager the Beaver

Was no little deceiver –

Lied, cried; believe her?

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Haiku Prompt: ‘Guessing Games’

“Are you an… aardvark?”
“Do I look like an ‘aardvark?’ ”
“Are you an… Igloo?
“…!”

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Haiku Prompt: ‘Guessing Games’ 2

“My first is in…?”

“Jail!”

And my second is in…?”

“Jail!”

“And my third…?”

“On bail!”

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#ahaikufortwitter 2

“This one goes out to…

All of the two and one half

Followers I have!”

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Angela van Son Haiku

Angela van Son

Follows me everywhere

on Twitter – Twit-who?

@AngelavanSon

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#TottonBound 40 Haiku

Winchester Cathy!

Well, it does fit the format –

‘Cathedral’ wouldn’t.

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#ahaikufortwitter 3

I went… and came back…

in the twinkling of an eye…

and before you knew.

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Love Haiku

Hold me in your arms

While I write you love poems

Or do you need more?

-/-

Haiku Prompt ‘Starbucks’

In Melbourne we sat

Outside of Starbucks and saw

All manner of souls!”

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Perhaps Haiku

A Haiku a day is…

Perhaps we shall never know…

Is there more to this?

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For My Retweeters Haiku

Thank you Retweeters –

I enjoy your fajitas –

‘Yo! favouritas!

-/-

Dundee Haiku

“Dundee, for some cake!

Which to choose? Lardy? Eccles?

Bluebottle? Someone?”

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You can tweet me at

@infograe – that’s me! Or…

@PoemMeGroup

Laugh-A-Long Limericks for 30th September, 2014

Laugh-a-long edit

If a Wabble is half of a Froggit
And a Gungip Is half still again
Would the cost of an oversize Niggit
Be worth three one-quarters of pain
For the Niggit is vast
And it just wouldn’t last
And if you did buy one and lost it,
would you shout out a Towdle refrain?
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Limerick Factumundo No.1:

Early Limericks (c. 9th century) were written in manuscript form; with monks taking days and sometimes even weeks to inscribe the short poetic form with intricate details and embellish the pages that the Limerick’s words were set upon with accompanying decorative pictures. TRUE / FALSE

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The WOTD

The ‘Word of the Day’ it is… ‘Twang’

Which is quite easy if music’s your thang

But if you’ve a taste

For food – In your haste

You might mention ‘it’ instead of ‘Tang!’

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Limerick Factumundo No.2:

The City of Limerick in Eire (modern day Eire or Ireland) was named after the famous Erin Limerick (which is now housed in Limerick Cathedral), The Erin Limerick hails from the very earliest of recorded poetry in Eire / Ireland and is truly an awful poem at its best). TRUE / FALSE ? 

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The top of the world is quite old

And said to be terribly cold

But, what’s it to me

I’m unlikely to be

There for the climbers to behold.

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The Limerick is the mightiest of beasts

Who does hold most uproarious feasts

They occur when the moon

Is eclipsed in late June

That’s if they’re not banned by the priests

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Limerick Factumundo No.3:

The Limerick is one of the three ‘true’ forms of poetry as described by the Greeks in 321AD – Aclinius in his ‘History of the Ode’ was at pains to point out that the merit of a ferret in his trousers ‘was’ that it taught him to ‘bear it!’ as he writes it (and ‘the nipping of teeth’ at ‘what lay beneath’ really made a man of him… or not – the Ovidian transation from the old Greek to Latin and since then from Latin to English {Modern day English}  is not one hundred per cent clear). The other two ‘true’ forms are, of course, the ‘Ode – in all its glory’, and the ‘Punning Couplet’ which is making a comeback in some literary circles. TRUE /FALSE ?

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Almost lost is the fine art of spilling

I say this agen, wons moor, and with filling

So mop up your badd wisdom

With a spill-check sisdom

And the clarity it will soon be revilling!

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Limerick Factumundo No.4:

The Ombazo Limerick was discovered in 1312 by the banks of the Ombazo River in Wasalla (modern day Umallawoo)  by a Turkish merchant who thought that the stone upon which it was engraved was just a direction post for travellers. Copying down the details and then trying to follow them to get back to a main-trading route, he became irretrievably lost and the inscription parchment with him. The Limerick Stone has long been missing and it was only in 1847 that the remains of the traveller and the parchment were found – just north of Preston (modern day Preston). TRUE / FALSE ?

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The AWOTD

The ‘Alternative Word of the Day’ it is… ‘Drudge’

It’s when you have to eat  fudge

Toffees and creams

Flavours from dreams

And your teeth, clamped together, won’t budge!

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In Ireland upon St. Limerick’s day

In five lines the natives do pray

They recite then they laugh

About a telescopic giraffe

And then merrily go on their way.

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Limerick Factumundo No.5:

The Limerick is also the most mathematical of poetic devices. It’s 8 letters relate strongly to themes of Infinity and the Mobius Strip whilst its 5 lines relate to the 5 good things a day that the Greek god, Vega, decreed that the peoples should aspire to – Swedish philosophers have marvelled at the simple, yet effective aabba rhyme scheme and this has also been noted by some of their most popular musicians. The ‘True’ Limerick also has a specific Gravity of 3.142 (rounded up) and is therefore not to be trusted. TRUE /FALSE ?

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A strongman was crossing a ridge

Carrying a stove, a duck, and a fridge

When an old lady flew past

(Carrying all the troubles of the world upon her shoulders)

For her shoulders were vast

And the  strong(ish)man did his strength then abridge!

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September as a month is quite short

But, as they say, it’s better a witty retort

Than a month in a tort

Or a case of Sneezlewort

For putting those days in –  whilst in port.

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Limerick Factumundo No.6:

There are only 5 Factumondoes about Limericks. TRUE /FALSE ? 

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A Limerick walked into a bargain basement

“I’ve come about my temporary placement!”

They said “You’re too short!

But, any storm in a port,

You’ll do till we can find a replacement!

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Thank you for reading these Limericks, I say,

These five-lined behemoths  wot I wrote every which way

I did so all through September

And I hope some you’ll remember

As there’s a quiz on them a week Saturday!

Libellous Limericks for 28th September, 2014

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The WOTD
The ‘Word of the Day’ it is… ‘Celidh’*
In Scotland they have one almost daily
But elsewhere it’s rare
To dance, with nae a care,
The whirl and the jig rather gaily!-

*If you then sang out “Is it too late to say I’m sorry?” you get bonus points from me.
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In the depths of the ocean there lies
A creature with a dozen small eyes
It is an iiiiiiiiiiicklius!
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The crew of a boat on the sea
Only had one fish for their tea
The captain had taught
To throw back what you’d caught
And, not to keep that many, you see!
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Gravity was a wonderful discovery
Without it we’d never drop a herring in a shrubbery
For fear it might fly
Right up to the sky
Though the flying fish is said to be lovely.

flying-fish
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At the edge of the world is a sign
And a narrow white unbroken line
The sign it says ‘Stop!’
You must – or you’ll drop
But, if you turn back, I’m sure you’ll be fine.
-:-
A professor from Limerick University
Was studying biodiversity
His students were divided
And opinions collided
Which made it seem a hundred times worsity!
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The AWOTD
The ‘Alternative Word of the Day’ it is… ‘Applause’
A show of hands that signify ‘fors’
But, if silence reigns,
Cools the blood in your veins,
Perhaps they ‘are’ fans, but, not yours!
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When night falls bleak upon the land
And on your shoulder there is a hand
You must not cry
Best not to die
Just uppercut them and hope they understand.
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Topsy-Turvy Limerick
In a fairy tale fine
On some such a line
At midnight a sonnet turned into a Limerick
The watchers were amazed – some felt quite sick –
And a few even thought it divine.
-:-
A mouse collecting rice for her young
Heard a sad song so softly sung
“A time to learn
Turn, turn, and turn”
And far away a church-bell was rung.
-/-
The music of the world is loud
The people of the world are proud
The music loud
The people proud
In Limericks this sort of thing is just not allowed!
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Boys are bad and girls are good
This is not the truth! Is that understood?
Some girls are terrors;
And some lads make ‘no’ errors
But, they would do if they could!
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A Limerick went to college to learn
Went once, then didn’t return;
A letter was sent
To ask his intent
The Limerick replied: “Why the concern?”
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The end of the day is so near
That the night it just waits to appear
For those darkened hours
Have magical powers;
So at dusk the meek disappear.
-:-
A  Limerick in
A Haiku just doesn’t seem
To be right at all.
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A Bonus Haiku-type Limerick
Doric Poetry,
From Aberdeen’s stone city –
Granite Verse for thee!
Gratis, complimentary;
There is no payee.
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