In my last column written in honor of National Haiku Writing Month, I offered examples of haiku by well-established poets.
This time I figured I’d take a different approach. Anyone can write a haiku. In fact, in Japan, most people do. These little poems are written as a matter of daily life. People from all walks of life participate, as opposed to in this country where only a select, literary few have poetry in their daily lives.
So I figured for this column I would focus on amateur haiku. But, with a twist. The amateur poems you are about to read are by rock stars.
The following three-line poems were written by good-natured musicians who were willing to play along and indulge my request that they give haiku writing a shot.
Many remember Rick Springfield from his time in the 80s as Dr. Noah Drake on the soap opera “General Hospital.” It was a time when you’d also find him sporting a pink suit and feathered hair singing his hit “Jessie’s Girl” from his hit album “Working Class Dog.”
When Springfield had to reschedule a recent New Jersey concert due to illness he sent me the following haiku announcing his rescheduled show.
Was sick as a dog
Rescheduled Show will Rock Out
Music All Night Long
Here is guitarist Billy Gibbons’ fun attempt at haiku, which he also sent to me in advance of a local performance.
Fire up that gee-tar…
turn it up to eleven…
and get it dirty…
I especially liked how Gibbons emphasized the sound of the word guitar, illustrating that he wrote the poem in 17 syllables. Many believe that haiku should be written in 17 syllables—the first line having five syllables, the second having seven syllables and the third line going back to five.
The last entry is from a current favorite musician of mine. The AllMusic Blog calls Keller Williams a “one-man jam band” whose live shows are “fascinating.” His quirky creativity can be seen in the haiku he sent me.
I like your moonshine
It’s clear like your hair is blond
It makes me feel good
Stay tuned for more rock star haiku in the future. It’s a pet project of mine!