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Thursday, July 24, 2003

London Underground Haiku's

Metro newspaper was all excited for the last month or so as they'd asked for haikus about the tube and they got one about someone falling asleep, then someone followed it up and then they asked people to follow on and got about eight haikus on the same theme (considering how many hundreds of thousands of people read Metro each day, that's a pretty poor show).

So I thought surely we can do better and I want to try to collect (shouting Sun newspaper style) THE DEFINITIVE London Underground haiku list. So to remind us all about haiku's they are a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. I also quite like this quote about them:

"The importance of the poet's first impression, just as it was, of subjects taken from daily life, and of local colour to create freshness. Some of the most thrilling Haiku-poems describe daily situations in a way that gives the reader a brand new experience of a well-known situation." Which sort of sums up what blogs are about really - if you (sometimes) take off the poetic element.

I'm sure this will drive me mad and I'm not promising a haiku everyday, but now that the comments box is up and running, perhaps visitors to this blog could offer/write some too.

So here's my first:

A quick fix for air
In this tunnel of hot breath
Is sought by Mayor Ken

Easy, peasy! Fits the form, is
topical and not bad for a first shot.

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