A greener form of poetry (Day 361)…

OK, this is where I’m at, folks. I’m grasping at straws, here. It’s Day 361 and desperate times call for desperate measures. Actually, to be honest, I’ve been pretty desperate for a while now — nearly every aspect of my life is being lived in the greenest way possible and it’s at the point where, if I break my leg, I don’t think “Oh my god, I broke my leg!”, I think, “Hmm, how I can green the breaking of my leg… an eco-friendly splint perhaps?”

It’s totally ridiculous, but when every product in my house, every activity, every purchase, everything I eat and drink, every move I make has been greened, well, thinking outside the box is the only option.

Which brings me to today’s post (which, yes, comes at 11:59 p.m.).

I have an English Lit degree but have never been a huge fan of poetry. I don’t mind some of the classics and if it’s not too pretentious or schmaltzy I’ll give it a whirl, but I’d never buy a whole book of the stuff. I’m horrible at writing verse; the last time I wrote anything in iambic pentameter was probably in my Writer’s Craft class in high school and I’m pretty sure I’ve burned it by now. However, there is one form of poetry that I am genuinely enjoying more and more these days: Haiku.

It forces the poet to speak his or her mind in 17 syllables — no more, no less — which is just enough space to say something, but too little space to drone on about a broken heart or a rose of dampened fire or whatever.

It’s also the most environmentally friendly form of poetry because it’s so short, thus conserving paper and ink.

Yeah yeah, I know, it’s a stretch. But come on, a little clever perhaps?

Anyway, from today on, whenever I’m crushing on a boy, I’m going to restrict myself to haikus instead of meandering, effusive verse.

Here, I’ll even write one for you readers now:


Being Green
By Vanessa Farquharson

My year is ending
but there’s so much more to come;
stay tuned, dear readers


13 Responses to A greener form of poetry (Day 361)…

  1. Hellcat13 says:

    I love haikus too!
    by Hellcat 13

    Me and my friend Er
    Write haikus to each other
    When we’re bored at work

  2. Esme says:

    Find ‘green’ sunglasses
    Donate to Heifer.org
    Two green haiku thoughts!

  3. Lauren says:

    Just found your blog this weekend and skimmed the last 360 posts…

    If you are really desperate for ideas, you could use “family wipes” for #2…it’s only five days.

  4. Lauren says:

    Another source of helpful ideas, if you have pantyhose lying around:


  5. gettinggreen says:

    Hahaha, I love it!
    Can we get all comments in
    haiku form only?

  6. molly says:

    What about going to sleep earlier? http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/ethicalliving/story/0,,1798447,00.html

  7. I love haiku too and write lots of them. They’re also green because traditionally they are about or inspired by nature. Plus you can use less ink and make them greener by making them even shorter, in English language haiku, of the more literary kind at least, the 5-7-5 tends to be treated as an upper limit on the syllable count, as English syllables pack more meaning in than Japanese syllables.

  8. Tuuli says:

    I love this new post
    I featured you on my blog
    Because you inspire

  9. matt says:

    Great post! From one English Lit major to another: you have discovered the source from which all great writing emanates: the mighty haiku!

  10. Roger says:

    It can’t be over! NOOOO! You can melt snow and use it water your plants!

  11. Thank you for the blog
    I love poetry and you
    So hot and so green!

  12. Green Blog says:

    Check out our blog which has lots of green tips and ideas. http://www.cipacs.org

  13. PaigeM says:

    Almost done reading your book, found it in Toronto airprt while waiting for a late flight.
    I’m a student at Palm Beach central High and today i was in the school bathroom when i heard the sound of running water coming from the larger stall. Went to investigate and found a sink enternally spewing out water, with a few determined pushes and awkward twists of the metal knob i got it to stop running!
    That water would have ran all day if i hadnt been thinking green as a result of reading your book in class a few minutes previous.

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