The last time I posted a 575 type verse, it attracted a few ‘likes’.
I know, yes, me too.
On this occasion, one of them was from the author of a blog called Naturalist Weekly, and as is often the case with likes, I clicked on the avatar to see if it came from somewhere that wasn’t selling vitamins, offering magic weight loss tips, pyramid investment schemes or was, unusually, simply a real person and was worth reading. And this one was very much the latter.
Once at the blog, and out of curiosity, I clicked on the post ‘Haiku as a Nature Connection Practice’.
It mainly attracted my eye because it looked to be relevant to my 575 posts, in that it was an interesting explanation of both what proper Haiku verses could be, and how proper ones could be written by connecting with nature, which I am a great fan of.
Mark credited a Haiku Foundation article in his post, and that had a link, so I clicked that one too. In reading this, there was a biography of the author of the piece, Julie Bloss Kelsey, which mentioned that she had previously written ‘scifaiku’.
I had an idea what it could be. Of course, me having no idea is obviously a more common occurrence, but I thought I had a pretty good handle on the old Japanese-style minimal-but-profound verse variants. Although I obviously don’t do the profound ones myself. Or even sensible ones. But I have minimal sorted.
Anyway, this scifaiku is such a thing that it’s got a Wikipedia page. Which I guess makes it official, perhaps even until tomorrow if it’s still there then.
So what’s a scifaiku?
SciFaiku is a form of poetry inspired by the Japanese haiku, also sometimes known as scifi-ku or scifiku. SciFaiku poems are short, minimal poems about science and science-fiction topics
So, having discovered this is ‘a thing’, I’ve got to have a go at a scifaiku haven’t I?
the red planet broods little green men everywhere bloody daytrippers
Anyway, this name for the verse subgenre obviously works from the fact that the ‘Sci’ part of ‘SciFi’ sounds similar to the ‘Hai’ in haiku. And it got me to thinking there would perhaps be other forms of haiku that would work for this treatment.
So here’s a HiFiku.
my valves glowing red
give my volume knob a twist
goes to eleven
and a lofiku
dark fuzzy delights until
mum makes me clean up
or an I-spyku…
with my little eye
something beginning with t
yes,I'd love a cup
the do or dieku?
let's make this leap from
two miles high interesting
share a parachute?
Feel free to invent your own.
gather in around curvey special ratio circles gauged with squares
batter is crispy
the chips thick and plentiful
fish supper heaven
That was a deepfryku
Yes, OK, I’ll stop now.