Sunday, June 10, 2007


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Mood: Expectant.
Outlook: Open.
Forecast: Whatever will happen, will happen.

This looks to me like an excellent day to write some ... poetry. We had a lot of fun with haiku writing, and I'd like to do something similar today. We're going to play fast and loose with the rules, however. There is, of course, a formula for haiku:

First line - 5 syllables
Second line - 7 syllables
Third line - 5 syllables

We're changing the formula, just for today, to 4-2-4.

For example:

In my inner
Self lies

Naturally, we can't call it haiku. Perhaps you all could come up with a suitable name for it. Meanwhile, please -- write away! It pains me to admit that once again, I lacked the foresight to come up with prizes. You'll do it anyway for the sheer love of writing something, won't you?

As long as we're being interactive today, let's play Twenty Questions -- or, to keep it short and sweet, Seven Questions.

1) I want ________________.
2) I wish ________________.
3) I love ________________.
4) I hate ________________.
5) I am __________________.
6) I hope I never ___________.
7) I hope that I ____________.

[My answers:

1) I want calm.
2) I wish I were more organized.
3) I love Spring.
4) I hate chaos.
5) I am an eternal dreamer.
6) I hope I never lose my sense of humor.
7) I hope that I get it all together in the end.]

As an aside, the ankle is feeling much better. My ankle bone still hurts if I poke it, but the swelling is gone. I'll be in good shape as long as the dog doesn't make any further assassination attempts in the next few days. She's awfully quiet this morning, however. Sometimes, silence isn't golden; it's just damn scary. She could be plotting. I suspect she's secretly coveting that dog food she saw the commercial for and which I didn't buy her. I'm keeping my eye on her.

You Are Sauvignon Blanc

Engaging and energetic, you have a lot to offer the world - most of it they've never seen anywhere else!
You are the type of person who carves your own path in life... and you invite everyone else to come along.
The only thing predictable about you is that you could have anything up your sleeve.
You're all about sampling all of life's experiences. Both the savory and unsavory ones.

Deep down you are: Laid back and young at heart

Your partying style: Anything goes... seriously!

Your company is enjoyed best with: Smoked meats or spicy food


Anonymous said...

You Are Chardonnay

Fresh, spirited, and classic - you have many facets to your personality.
You can be sweet and light. Or deep and complex.
You have a little bit of something to offer everyone... no wonder you're so popular.
Approachable and never smug, you are easy to get to know (and love!).

Deep down you are: Dependable and modest

Your partying style: Understated and polite

Your company is enjoyed best with: Cold or wild meat.

If they say so, it must be so.

ThatGreenyFlower said...

1) I want a kinder, more equitable and green society without all the bread and circuses.
2) I wish Americans had common sense.
3) I love my family.
4) I hate mosquitoes.
5) I am so in love with what I do.
6) I hope I never get any sort of dementia.
7) I hope that I can walk the walk and not just talk the talk.

Here's my short-ku:

You goddamn deck,
just a
teetering pile.

Humid summer:
folks wilt,
flowers flourish.

Pressure washer,
I love
and hate you too.

Thirty eight is
almost forty.

Beautiful boys
run big,
leap high, yell loud.

Charles said...

This new form should
Be Called

1) I want world peace.
2) I wish for world peace.
3) I love world peace.
4) I hate selfishness.
5) I am.
6) I hope I never see war again.
7) I hope that I live to see world peace.

Trée said...

I want to hear what is said
I wish to hold what is at hand
I love rain on a sunny day
I hate sugar in my coffee
I am forever amazed at what I don't know, but everyone else does
I hope I never intentionally hurt anyone or anything
I hope to touch love and have it touch me back

I hold your hand
you smile
My eyes smile back

Serena Joy said...

If they say so, it must be so.

For sure, Steve.:)

Love your short-kus, Greeny. Still having problems with the evils of the deck, I take it. LOL.

And I take it you don't like short-form, Charles.:-) On a serious note, yes, world peace and an end to war would be highly desirable.

Trée, why am I not surprised that you, The Unsweet, hate sugar in your coffee?:-) I hate that, too. I consider sweetener in coffee pollution. Beautiful short-ku -- and NOT sweet.:)

G-Man said...

Serena Joy
Knocks My Socks Off!!

Serena Joy said...

Whew! I'm blushing, g-man.:-)

G-Man said...

Are you sure it's not just a hive flare up again?

Serena Joy said...

Pretty sure, Galen. LOL.

Roxan said...

***You Are Pinot Gris***

More hip than most, you spot trends before they even really get started.
If something is new and unique, you know about it... and you've probably tried it.
You have a good number of projects, interests, and relationships - but they are all fleeting.
The world is so appealing and diverse, you can't help but seek variety.

Deep down you are: A true flirt

Your partying style: Exclusive. You only party with people you've personally selected.

Your company is enjoyed best with: A big bowl of pasta

I want to be secure

I wish I could change past decisions

I love my children

I hate where I live

I am getting where I want to be

I hope I never give up

I hope that I win a big fat lottery!

I hate Haiku
I do
Haiku sucks eww

tfg said...

How can they suck
so much
Damn Orioles.

Your quiz says that I'm MD 20/20 in a brown paper bag.

Lee said...

You Are Chardonnay
Fresh, spirited, and classic - you have many facets to your personality.
You can be sweet and light. Or deep and complex.
You have a little bit of something to offer everyone... no wonder you're so popular.
Approachable and never smug, you are easy to get to know (and love!).

Deep down you are: Dependable and modest

Your partying style: Understated and polite

Your company is enjoyed best with: Cold or wild meat

Funny they should say that seeing I prefer red wine to white!

I'll stick with my Cab Savs or Shiraz!

Serena Joy said...

LOL, Roxan. You might well win the prize for worst short-ku.:-)

Orioles losing, T? Somehow I don't believe you tested out as MD 20/20.:-)

No red wine for me, Lee. It gives me headaches. I'm not actually big on white wine, either; gives me heartburn.:)

Roxan said...

Good, I don't want to write good short ku or whatever. LOL

Serena Joy said...

No, Roxan, you're kidding! I couldn't tell. LOL.

Roxan said...

You are Ripple

Dirty, smelly, five o'clock shadow and plumber butt.
You can belch the national anthem, accompanied by a one cheek sneak chorus.
Everyone avoids you.

Serena Joy said...

LMAO, Roxan. I guess it DOES have some bad hooch answers.:-)

Anonymous said...

I want to take your dog for a walk. Maybe on a beach. Playing fetch into the water, she returns to me just ahead of the surf, happily clutching a branch in her mouth.

I wish that my parents were happier.

I love the New York skyline that includes the twin towers. The moon, too. The sight of people being moved to tears out of love.

I hate people who want to move the bus stop from in front of their home, to in front of somebody else's home.

I am hallelujah. I am made of stars, and so are you. I am wearing a size eight shoe and am aces at ping pong. IQ of 103.

I hope I never become a golf fanatic.

I hope that I stay in love, in love with it all.


Serena Joy said...

Those are beautiful answers, Anon.

puerileuwaite said...

This is a tough series of questions! Okay, here goes ...

1) I want candy.
2) I wish hot dogs and buns came in equal amounts.
3) I love to blog "au naturale".
4) I hate that "W" is only limited to 2-terms.
5) I am Iron Pug.
6) I hope I never drop my TV into the tub.
7) I hope that I never get tired of the Geico Cavemen.

And WTF? Am I REALLY a can of Sterno? Geez, that's not even a LEGAL intoxicant, is it? These tests always seem to associate me with activities that *allegedly* cause blindness.

Charles said...

Any form of Haiku is like fat, you have to use it to lose it.

Serena Joy said...

LOL, Pug. I'm pretty sure you can get away with #3, and #6 should never happen as long as you stay off the Sterno. #3 won't cause blindness -- it's an urban legend -- but #6 could.:-)

So true, Charles. So true.:-)

Anonymous said...

silent whispers
touch me

1) I want _employment
2) I wish for peace
3) I love love
4) I hate hate
5) I am what I am
6) I hope I never become negative.
7) I hope that I live long&healthy.

Serena Joy said...

Oh, my goodness, TC, that's another very beautiful verse.

I wish all of your answers for you.:)

ThatGreenyFlower said...

Anonymous, reading your words reminds me why.

littlebirdblue said...

1) I want no goldfish.
2) I wish pomegranate juice were cheaper.
3) I love writing by the headlights and free association.
4) I hate things hanging over my head.
5) I am perennially tardy.
6) I hope I never forget how much I love some people.
7) I hope that I miss my own funeral.

Serena Joy said...

I didn't realize you were having a goldfish problem, LBB. LOL. Love your spirit shining through in your answers. I, however, have every intention of being present at my own funeral.:-)

Serena Joy said...

Amen, Greeny. I don't know who Anonymous is, but that's just SO beautiful -- not only the words but the sentiments.

Hale McKay said...

A name for the short haikus:

I like Faux-Ku
Good name
For short haikus

Because faux-kus
Don't try
To rhyme purple

And not silver
Or rhyme at all

Serena Joy said...

Faux-ku! Yes! That rocks. And gives me visions of Kung-fu. Love your colorful faux-kus.:-)