World of Haiku

(RETRO MONKEY EXHIBIT: This post was on my original site…when I was posting in HTML.)

Main Entry: hai·ku
Pronunciation: ‘hI-(“)kü
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural haiku
Etymology: Japanese
: an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively; also : a poem in this form usually having a seasonal reference

Now, we may have taken some artistic liberty leaving out the seasonal reference, but the rhyme scheme remains uncompromised. If it was, we couldn’t fondly call it Haiku. Enjoy!

Let’s begin with a haiku tribute to me written by someone else:

Roger lives in Maine
he wears a bear suit outside
that’s because it’s cold
-Brian ’03

Roger the Bear

Ties, Bankers and Shrinks, Oh, My!

I despise neck ties
Choking, constricting my neck
They should all be burned. –Roger

I never wear them
that is, unless someone dies
That’s why I hate death –Brian

Death comes horribly
Not riding a pale-ish horse
But wearing a tie. –Roger

Death knows how to kill
Choking with formality
How I loathe the tie –Brian

The tie is the bane
That brings sane men together
Solidarity! –Roger

certain men like ties
they work in places like banks
they think they’re so cool –Brian

We should donate ours
To bankers in poverty
Great is our reward –Roger

I am not so sure
Bankers are a fickle sort
they may turn on us –Brian

Bankers don’t scare me
Wimpy little tie wearers
But don’t corner them –Roger

fight or flight kicks in
they flail their arms like children
except they have cash –Brian

Pity for the shrinks
Bankers are way too stingy
To lay on the couch –Roger

dont get me started
shrinks are a bunch of psychos
messing with your head –Brian

They “practice” their trade
On many gullible blokes
Questionable help –Roger

you won’t find me there
paying to lie on a couch
I’ve got one at home –Brian

My couch is comfy
I would fall asleep quickly
That is worth money –Roger

Roger and Brian 2/18/04

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4 Responses to World of Haiku

  1. brian says:

    heheheh…ah memories.

  2. Roger says:

    “We don’t even have pictures, just memories to hold that grow sweeter each season as we slowly grow old”

  3. Andy Slaughter says:

    I’m glad I don’t live in Maine right now. Its cold enough here as it is…

  4. Roger says:

    If you ever want to see what the weather is like up here, just go to and type in the ZIP code “04412”. Then think “that’s what Roger’s living through right now.” 🙂

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