When once again shoveling snow (to make room for the freezing rain that's on the way), what better thing to do to put one in the holiday spirit than to compose haiku!
Clearing the driveway
Never see the end
Haiku is a particular form of Japanese poetry. Each haiku consists of three lines, of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. Those are the basic requirements. There are some other considerations that can distinguish a fine haiku. If you go here, you can find out all sorts of things about the aesthetics and history of haiku. It's a very interesting sight.
One of the most famous haiku poets was a Japanese gentleman by the name of Basho. Perhaps his most famous haiku was:
ふる いけ や
みず の おと
Furu ike ya
mizu no oto
frog jumped in
sound of water.
This poem has been translated from the Japanese countless times.
Basho also kept a diary on a long walking trip which is a work of literature all on it's own.
On various forums where I've participated, sometimes the members played a game of a "chain haiku." The challenge is to create a haiku using the last line of the previous person's poem. The person coming after you has to begin with the last line of your haiku. It can be quite fun.
In response to Basho's frog haiku, I wrote:
Basho's frog went plop!
and never heard from again.
A snapping turtle.