Thursday, 17 April 2014


'The Haiku is a Japanese poetic form whose most obvious feature is the division of its 17 syllables into lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. Haikuisation has sometimes been used by Oulipians to indicate the reduction of verses of normal length to lines of haiku-like brevity. Select three sentences from a single newspaper article and “haiku” them.'

What I did  for yesterday's prompt, 'Cyfri'r Geifr' (Counting the Goats) was a haikuisation.  The haiku below was the result of combining two articles, one on Skokholm, an Island off the west coast of Pembrokeshire and the other about sexism in the UK.(references quoted yesterday) 

I am now away for ten days over Easter without internet access. So, although I will try and respond to some prompts, I won't be able to post them til the end of April.


Volunteers like choughs
grope and stroke on burning nights
trudging, complaining.

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