Death of a Squash Bug (A Haiku Poem)

I am the first to admit, I avoided writing poetry, short stories and lyrics for fear of being ridiculed and tossed out of town on a rail – or even flushed down one of the three rivers that make up the golden triangle here in Pittsburgh.

Just a few days ago, I was discussing poetry and publishing with a friend when he explained to me the makings of a Haiku poem. He told me of the simplicity and beauty that influences Haiku poetry. Unbeknownst to him, Bill had single-handedly convinced me to explore the meaning and influence behind Haiku poetry — something none of my English teachers had ever been able to accomplish.

Haiku poetry

As I was searching the vast catalog of titles on Associated Content from Yahoo!, I found one in particular, “Dancing with the stars,” that caused a light to appear over my thick skull. It was written by Raveena Jade, a new comer to the writing community, yet resonated with me. I was immediately inspired. So easily the words flowed from my pen.

According to Giggle Poetry, “Haiku poetry is a very short, centuries-old form of Japanese poetry that is an intriguing change of pace from the kind of rhythmic, rhyming poetry you’re used to reading. Haiku is like a photo that captures the essence of what’s happening, often connecting two seemingly unrelated things.”

Death of a Squash Bug

Stink Bug on the pane,
perched high above the garden,
the news in motion.

Well…there it is. My first and only attempt at writing a Haiku. My chest is pounding! I like it and I hope you did too.

Read more from this contributor:
“A joke I heard on the bus”
“Pointillism: How I drew a lighthouse”

“Dancing with the Stars”, Associated Content from Yahoo!, Ravenna Jade
Giggle Poetry, “Funny poetry for children”

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