Monday, November 14, 2011
Bethie has been reading Little Women this month. I'm thrilled to my absolute very core. It's one of my most favorite books, and I'm delighted that she's loving it too.
Now, to read Little Women is to become a Little Woman. It's impossible to hear about the antics of the March sisters without taking part. This means that Bethie is currently working on a play (to be performed on Thanksgiving) and producing a family newspaper (complete with contributors named Snodgrass and Pickwick).
Did I mention this thrills me to my very core?
Tonight at dinner, Bethie suggested that anyone in the family could contribute to the newspaper. Submissions are welcome! We thought a theme might be nice to give writers a bit of a framework. So we went with the most obvious theme: Fall. Which, naturally, led me to blurt out, "I know! Fall Haiku!"
We sat around the table, each attempting to compose our own Fall Haiku poems. (I still can't believe that Jamie is able to flawlessly compose Haiku without counting on his fingers. But it's true. He can.)
So far, Jamie, Aidan and I are the only ones who've submitted Fall Haiku for the paper. See if you can guess whose is whose. I know it will be a challenge.
Autumn is now here
Dad is very sad today
Make it go away
Fall is here today
They are potato chip leaves
Autumn, autumn, yeah!
Scarlet, amber, drift
silently, carpet the earth
With their vibrant hues.
And I just stumbled upon this unfortunate contribution:
You are super gross
You like to burp and toot, too,
So I don't like you.
Although I'm somewhat heartened to see the 5-7-5 in tact throughout this piece, I do have some investigating to do.
Do you have a Fall Haiku to contribute? If so, please share! It's sure to land in a very distinguished column alongside Snodgrass' riveting (though somewhat plagiarized) tale, "The Masked Marriage."
P.S. But the real question in this: Can you Haiku without counting on your fingers?