Haiku Night

Poet I am not
Yet I can count to seven
Here is a haiku

Tuesday night, hubby
away at a conference
Just the boys and me

As we ate dinner
We followed the basic form
of Counting Haiku

The challenge was made
And we took turns reciting
Poems we made up

“Haikus are poems
First they have five syllables
Then seven then five”

Soon the meal was done
I wish I could remember
all the things they said

“I suck at haikus
I cannot count syllables
And I can’t count”

As silliness grew
The poems got outlandish
Creativity

“I count to ten—one
two three four five six seven
eight nine ten—what’s next?”

“I love O.S.U.
O.S.U. is number one
O.S.U. is great”

This one came today
A whole week after the fact
Monster created

These are not the best
But we were in the moment
Didn’t write it down

What I won’t forget
Is how much fun we all had
Making up haikus

Try it for yourself
Pick whatever poem form
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Nivi Engineer is a novelist and playwright in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a mom of three boys, and escapes the never-ending sports calendar through reading. This month, she's learning that the capital of Tajikistan is Dushanbe. And now, so will you.