A little late– sorry, guys. Those of you who have a Juicy Peach calendar might have recognized I’m a little late announcing the next Mack Event! Now, I’m playing a bit of catch up and will announce it: the next celebratory event is to write a haiku on your bathroom wall! Remember writing haikus for your third grade poetry project? I certainly do, and they always seemed so peaceful and serene.

So I’m trying to bring some of that peace and calm into my somewhat insane existence right now. I thought, “Just focus on a haiku.” It’s nice to have something so simple to focus my manic energy on, you know? A simple 5-syllable line, then a 7-syllable line, then another 5-syllable line are all the poem requires!

So either write your own or someone else’s, but take a bit of time to enjoy the simplicity of this beautiful little poem. Oh, and the whole bathroom part is just to keep things interesting… And also because I’m a little tired of reading about the horrors of capitalism and that Johnny loves Mary on the bathroom walls of my favorite restaurants… But since I can’t exactly encourage you all to deface public property by writing on public bathroom walls, I figured I would suggest writing it on your own wall. but the point really is just to write it.

OK! Have fun, and photograph, scan, or just send in whatever you have written! I’ll submit mine ASAP, but here is an example to let you know what the darn poems look like in the first place.

Ciao,

Allison

“Crossroads”
by me

Crossroads Ascending
Which possible path is right?
Chosen path, Right path

Add yours Comments – 85

  • david s.

    on January 26, 2008 at 8:27 am

    Unto Oceandeep I say.
    To world, just numbered
    unto the SON of GOD no!
    SPIRIT of TRUTH seeks you.

    A friend,k.d.s.

  • david s.

    on January 26, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Just a thought. Two or more friends could in back and forth emails carry on
    a conversation along any subject line using the HIAKU form. Maybe others
    can suggest other ideas. k.d.s.

  • Jennifer

    on January 26, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Haiku

    “Warmth”

    White beach, gentle waves
    warm sun, seashells, sandcastles
    —Atlantic Ocean

  • Reshma_Witchick

    on January 27, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Hey Allison! Love this mackevent!
    What a great idea!!!
    My haiku:

    “Relax”

    Worry, worry not
    Whatever will be, will be
    Sweet is Thy will Lord.

    I find its a great little chant to help me calm down when I get all riled up and worrisome!!

    Take care everyone!
    Reshma
    -Trinidad

  • Tracer

    on January 27, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Honestly acknowledged, from a translation not especially understood, what khayku, will explain better please. If there are Russians, write on soap))) that e mail.

  • Lydia

    on January 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    It took me some time but here’s my very first haiku:

    I just love mornings
    an early start every day
    to live joyfully.

  • David

    on January 28, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Here’s my first effort, not as easy as I thought but they’re somewhat addictive!

    Sky ablaze with light
    The rising suns rays herald
    New day of promise

  • Carlos Eduardo

    on January 29, 2008 at 1:27 am

    I didn’t know about Haiku. Now I can say to everybody that it’s an interesting way of art because you have to use your imagination with the constant restriction involved inside each written line.

    I don’t know why but I always loved to read and write thoughts in the walls of the bathrooms. It’s freaky, but I’ve noticed that people use to write a lot of interesting stuff in the public bathrooms. Most of them have made me laugh intensely and others have given me something to think about. It’s funny, I remember to have seen a door totally painted with the resolution of a complicated arithmetic theorem. It’s as if they would pick up a special kind of inspiration. Who knows?

    These are my Haikus:

    ——-(1. Flames)———
    twin souls gaze the moon
    despite they don’t know themselves
    they can dream each other

    ——-(2. Chances)——-
    opportunities come
    throw yourself into her wings
    fly far away and free

    ——-(3. Music)———-
    flawless and wondrous
    I dive into her tunes
    music my whole truth

    ——-(4. Objective)——
    I can see my goal
    now closer than yesterday
    tomorrow all mine

    The idea of writting in my bathroom’s wall sounds funny. I never have done that before and I would like to have the experience. I suppose that I would write a Hiaku different from those that I’ve already created because I think that they’re not appropriate for a bathroom’s wall. I might create a special one related to the “bored” writer’s strike.

    Bye Alli !
    I love your creativity

  • Carlos Eduardo

    on January 29, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Moderator, please replace my first entry with the new one.

  • Carlos Eduardo

    on January 29, 2008 at 1:30 am

    I didn’t know about Haiku. Now I can say to everybody that it’s an interesting way of art because you have to use your imagination with the constant restriction involved inside each written line.

    I don’t know why but I always loved to read and write thoughts in the walls of the bathrooms. It’s freaky, but I’ve noticed that people use to write a lot of interesting stuff in the public bathrooms. Most of them have made me laugh intensely and others have given me something to think about. It’s funny, I remember to have seen a door totally painted with the resolution of a complicated arithmetic theorem. It’s as if they would pick up a special kind of inspiration. Who knows?

    These are my Haikus:

    ——-(1. Flames)———
    twin souls gaze the moon
    despite they don’t know themselves
    they can dream each other

    ——-(2. Chances)——-
    opportunities come
    throw yourself into her wings
    fly far away and free

    ——-(3. Music)———-
    flawless and wondrous
    I dive into her tunes
    music my whole truth

    ——-(4. Objective)——
    I can see my goal
    now closer than yesterday
    tomorrow all mine

    The idea of writting in my bathroom’s wall sounds funny. I never have done that before and I would like to have the experience. I suppose that I would write a Haiku different from those that I’ve already created because I think that they’re not appropriate for a bathroom’s wall. I might create a special one related to the “bored” writer’s strike.

    Bye Alli !
    I love your creativity

  • Tracer

    on January 29, 2008 at 3:22 am

    Eternity flies, and we remain.
    Sorrow will beat, and we not give up.
    And the world will live always in you.

    It that is needed?
    To meeting.

  • schmmatt

    on January 29, 2008 at 5:36 am

    Hi Allison,

    Haikus are great!
    When I was ten years old I made a Haiku calendar containing a painting for each month with a Haiku written on that painting. Here comes the Haiku for the month of Juin, which is the only one I remember. The Haiku is in German (my mother tongue) so I apologize for those who do not understand it:

    Cumulus bedroht
    den hoechsten Baum des Waldes
    und die Grille zirpt.

    I was inspired to this Haiku on a hot afternoon in June just before the start, when I saw thundery clouds (cumulus clouds) climbing over a forested mountain top and I heard a cricket chirping. So the translation is about as follows: Cumulus threatens the highest tree of the forest and the cricket is chirping. Unfortunately, in english this is not a Haiku.

    Now, I will look if I can find this Haiku calendar and then I will have eleven more Haikus to post! Maybe I can scan and post the paintings as well…

    so long
    Matthias

  • DavidHayes1956

    on January 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    “Saleable?”

    I Haiku. Do You?
    I guess I should stop trying.
    No one is buying.

  • DavidHayes1956

    on January 29, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    “Urgent!”

    I have no TV.
    Need to get one very soon —
    Before “Smallville” resumes!

  • DavidHayes1956

    on January 29, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    “Valleyview”

    “HDTV” means
    So much easier to see
    Chloevage in 3D.

    [The urban dictionary did not break down the word “Chloevage” into syllables and I don’t know if it is pronounced “Klo-E-Vahj” or “Klo-Vahj.” The above Haiku assumes 2 syllables. Hmmm. Pronunciation as a key to Haiku validation. It’s amazing where a simple road can lead. As a back-up, I’d better do a variation based upon a 3 syllable pronunciation.]

    “Valleyview”

    “HDTV” brings
    Digital enhancement to
    Blurry Chloevage.

  • DavidHayes1956

    on January 29, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    “Rules”

    Rules to play Lana:
    Do not whine before it’s time
    And … it’s always time.

    “Differences”

    Clark Kent Saves the day.
    Lex Luthor shaves all day.
    Clark works. Lex plays.

  • Kelsay Myers

    on January 29, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Dialectical Symbolism (II)

    The I in struggle
    Becomes We in resistance.
    One moment – Stillness.

  • DavidHayes1956

    on January 30, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Shangri-la Plaza:
    Where the donuts are in tune.
    Jenny makes many.

    ====

    My horrible year
    Is arriving soon, I fear.
    “Smallville” off the air!

  • DavidHayes1956

    on January 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    “Warning”

    Peaches ARE juicy
    But watch out for their hard cores.
    Trust me — they’re the pits.

  • Gra-EL

    on January 30, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    “Seconds go by.”

    Constantly falling,
    Why is time never ending?
    Day and day goes by.

  • Greta

    on January 30, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    I am very inspired by your ideas and amazing insights. I love haiku’s and writing poetry on walls…:)

    Candles in the wind,
    Trying to hold on tighter,
    Flickering. Stay strong.

    Stars will drop upon
    Anyone who dares to fly
    With no strings attached

  • DavidHayes1956

    on January 31, 2008 at 6:39 am

    “Please”

    Writers are striking.
    Please start negotiating.
    Viewers are waiting.

    “Striken”

    It’s Haiku fever.
    Can’t get innoculated.
    Symptoms aren’t fading.

    “Famous?”

    Massive exposure?
    Loss of anonimity?
    Got paparazzi?

    “Mack Ataque?”

    Below equator.
    Argentina wants you now.
    Can it be the “Ciao” ?

  • DavidHayes1956

    on January 31, 2008 at 9:03 am

    “Freak”

    She’s mutated now.
    Her tears have healing powers.
    Boo-Hoos for Boo-Boos.

  • DavidHayes1956

    on January 31, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    “Goodbye”

    Happy trails to you
    Until we Haiku again.
    Keep smiling ’til then!

    [With respect to Roy Rogers from Gabby Hayes]

    [Someone told me that Haikus are suppossed to evoke a season. I certainly try to — all of them … Seasons one through seven.]

  • DavidHayes1956

    on January 31, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    I’m running out of room on my bathroom wall!

    Hey! Someone else wrote a Haiku on the wall … and it doesn’t even follow the rules!

    “We aim to please.
    So you aim too …
    PLEASE!”

    I’ll have to talk to the management about that one.

  • Adrian

    on February 1, 2008 at 7:26 am

    ahahah David

    U sure you’ve covered the ceiling too? Wait until you get some guest at your place… they’ll stay forever in the bathroom or they would run out screaming right away. 😀 Keep it up!

  • DavidHayes1956

    on February 1, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    “Nair-Fare-Well”

    Knock knock. Who is there?
    Michael Rosenbaum won’t be.
    No more need for Nair.

    ====

    “What’s Left”

    Smallville without Lex —
    A hairy proposition!
    Just Clark and hair-em.

    ====

    “Opponent?”

    Will Lionel be Lex?
    Or is he to depart next?
    Who that’s bad is left?

    ====

    “Who’s the Boss?”

    When Clark is oldest
    Of everyone on the cast
    Who will SUPERvise?

    ====

    “Last?”

    Will Chlo know to go
    When Al and Miles wrap the show?
    Guess so. She’s a pro.

    ====

    “Enough?”

    If any are left
    I’d should buy a calendar
    To learn when to stop.

    ====

    “Limits”

    I’m plumb out of space.
    Better visit my parents
    And skip to their loo.

    ====

    “Clogged”

    Writer’s block in the John!
    I would throw in the towel
    But it wouldn’t flush.

    ====

    “Optimism”

    Optomistic View:
    (From where I am sitting now)
    Means “No empty roll”

    ====

    “Simile”

    My sink faucet goes
    From one drip to another …
    Like women dating.

  • DavidHayes1956

    on February 2, 2008 at 10:34 am

    “Unscented”

    Just Light a candle —
    A better alternative
    Than cursing the methane!

    ====

    “Friend”

    Yes, a plumber’s friend
    When it’s needed once again
    Is indeed a friend.

    ====

    “Handy-Wipe”

    Convenience is
    At my side, on a roll AND
    Pre-perforated.

    ====

    “Caution”

    Have a hot shower
    But jump out before the flush
    Or you will be well done.

    ====

    “First Impression”

    Looked in the mirror
    Shocked at how good I appeared.
    Then the mud pack cracked.

    ====

    “Homey”

    Hair clog in the sink.
    Toothpaste splatter everywhere.
    Ring around the tub.

    ====

    “Don’t!”

    My make-up is off.
    Down the drain once again.
    DON’T ANSWER THE DOOR!

    ====

    “Itchy”

    The itch ‘tween my toes
    Is what always lets me know —
    It’s Althelete’s Foot!

    ====

    “Efficiency”

    With hair in rollers
    I spend time while it’s drying
    Brushing my mollars.

  • DavidHayes1956

    on February 4, 2008 at 10:47 am

    “Hooked”

    Allison’s Blog is
    More addictive than “Mary Jane”
    But less fattening.

    ====

    “Query”

    Is “Allice and Huck”
    An “Alice’s Restaurant”
    With Huck for pot luck?

    ====

    “Lesson”

    Like the lettuce said,
    “I be leaf … I should have quit
    When I was a head!”

    ====

    “Wonder Where The Yellow Went”

    Like the egg white said,
    “Sometimes I crack myself up,
    But this is no yolk!”

  • DavidHayes1956

    on February 5, 2008 at 9:03 am

    “Multi-tasking”

    A two-for challenge:
    Steal a kiss for Allison.
    Find bliss for myself.

  • David Z.

    on February 5, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Here is my Haiku:

    “About Love”

    Love is exploring
    Will it soar or will it fall?
    Only time will tell

  • Mat

    on February 22, 2008 at 3:53 am

    Hi Allison,
    I rediscovered the Haiku calendar I wrote when I was twelve years old, from which I posted already the Juin Haiku. This calendar brings the Haikus back what they were originally meant for: to describe emotions associated to the seasons by using metaphors from nature (and to write them on toilet walls, of course).

    I see that there is not too much activity in this topic anymore. However, I can’t resist to post at least my Haikus for January and February, that I translated from German to English:

    January:
    ***********************
    Snow fills the valleys
    the mountain hare sits calmly
    in his sleeping den.
    ***********************

    February:
    ***********************
    Alps, homelike chalet,
    chatting by the fireside,
    outside the blizzard.
    ***********************

    So long
    Mat

    P.S.: To write them on the bathroom wall is not a good idea, since I have to move out of this appartement soon and it would be difficult to explain this to the next renter …

  • Amanda

    on February 22, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Wow-just read this. “horrors of capitalism” really struck me. Maybe it was facetious quoting of bathroom walls, I don’t know. But, I do know people who grew up in the reality of socialism and communism. They would give anything for the “horrors of capitalism” because then, they would have freedom to pursue their dreams.

    So here’s my haiku:

    socialism is
    night to those who must live with
    longing dreams denied

  • Eduardo Canessa

    on March 28, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    A sin´s reprise
    The sakura blooms
    So it is my time as well
    I lose part of me

    As I bloom crimson
    I bloom with not one regret
    You took it away

    So take me again
    Through loss hunger awakens now
    I crave your sin, come

    Take me away now
    My rivers flow with passion
    Become one with me

    On hard floor we meet
    Our flesh serves to comfort us
    Our kisses our meals

    And our sin returns
    It comes again and again
    A welcome reprise

    So young warrior
    Cleave your blade and claim your prize
    My flower is yours

    The wind blows our way
    Scattering blossoms on us
    The picture is done

    Painted in my mind
    Forevermore I will keep
    The day I grew up

    The day I became
    A full grown woman with pride
    As I tasted sin

    A picture redone
    A thousand different ways
    Each more passionate

  • alex

    on March 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    love haiku!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!