Grammar haiku and a whispering shell

Short poems and quick links today. First: a nonsense rhyme from months ago, reposted here lest I forget all about it:

On a day quite fine by the wind-blown brine,
I sit with my friend tranquilly —
A cockle, his heart warms the cockles of mine
As he whispers of life in the sea.

It will make more sense, I hope, alongside the drawing it was written to accompany: ‘The whispering shell‘ by Tegan Moss on her marvellous A Monster A Day blog.

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On March fo(u)rth — National Grammar Day in the U.S. — editor Mark Allen hosted a grammar haiku contest judged by a panel of word specialists. The collected haiku on Storify make for a very entertaining browse. This was my entry:

My word, your syntax
stirs the imperative mood:
Let’s coordinate.

Despite, or because of, its shameless innuendo, it was one of the runners-up; the others, the honourable mentions and the deserving winner may be seen on Mark’s blog.

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Comments in haiku, rhyming, or monstrous form are especially welcome, and there’s more haiku, nonsense verse, bookmashes and assorted poetry in the archives.

7 Responses to Grammar haiku and a whispering shell

  1. Ergative verb melts
    litotes are no mean feat
    grammar hurts my brain!

  2. Stan says:

    Some say grammar is
    simple, deep down. No: it’s a
    delicious headwreck.

  3. John Cowan says:

    What, no seasonal references? Fie!

    Spring: the place of rising
       or issuing from the ground,
          a flow of water.

    (Straight from senses 1 and 2a of the OED2. Spring in the sense of the season is a metaphor, shortened from spring of the year, since it has always been taken to be the first of the seasons.)

  4. Joe McVeigh says:

    I once had grammar,
    but one day it just walked out.
    Sometimes I miss it.

    This reminds me of the time I had to come up with a haiku based on Nokia’s (in)famous ring tone in a course at Queen’s University Belfast International Summer School. I had the good fortune of reciting mine just before a Japanese student (who killed it in English and Japanese). My sister, on the other hand, had to go right after the Japanese student.

    I can’t help posting my favorite haiku:
    It’s like we’re looking
    down on Wayne’s basement only
    that’s not Wayne’s basement.

  5. Stan says:

    Seasons
    Some’re referenced; we
    oughta make sure, when we can,
    when t’ rhythm works.

    John: This homophono-acrostic excess should make up for my past (and future) negligence. I like your OED Spring.

    Joe:
    Did grammar walk out
    Or was it elbowed out by…
    Avant-garde grammar?

  6. Joe McVeigh says:

    What can I say, Stan?
    All the kids were doing it
    But I’m better now.

  7. […] might remember the Monster A Day drawing blog that prompted my short verse about a whispering shell. Here are two more whimsical rhymes, best read in tandem with the lovely […]

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