Haiku H019

Always need to eat –
Rarely need to pray –
Can’t find a nice girl to love

09.04.10

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

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Notes to this poem…

I’m not really sure where this came from. I was just washing the dishes from supper I had just cooked while it was cooling before I ate it when the title of Elizabeth Gilbert’s famous book, Eat, Pray, Love came into my head. I’ve never seen the movie, nor got far through the audio book, so I’m neither familiar nor enamoured with it, but I like the title, if that counts for anything. Within a split second of having that book title enter my head, I thought of what I did in terms of eating, praying and loving. I got my answer pretty much as you saw it in the haiku format above. The only ‘edit’ I did was to remove the “I” that were in my thoughts to answer how I “ate, prayed and loved” these days in my life. That’s as in “I always need to eat”, “I rarely need to pray”, and “I can’t find a nice girl to love”. Not that I’m some expert haiku writer, but I just had a sense it was close enough to the number of syllables there were in a haiku. When I counted, I realized I was over by 3 syllables so I just removed the “I”.

Sounds a lot better without the “I”, anyway.

I know haiku are supposed to relate to nature in the text somehow, but what the heck? Well, there was a hurricane that hit close to my city today.

The H-series poems comprise of haiku composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Haiku collection.

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