Saturday, July 4, 2009


In my previous post I expressed my Twitter ambivalence and have since realized that this medium would be more appealing to me with certain parameters in place. Specifically, I realized that the maximum of 140 characters allowed for each Twitter update promotes an economy of language conducive to the ancient Japanese form of poetry known as Haiku.

If I could convince a group of people to engage in an exclusive Haiku format for Twitter than I would be all over it. Just think, your day could be filled with an endless barrage of short poetry that captures the beauty inherent in that simple "Haiku moment".

Here is an example of a Haiku-centric Twitter account might look like for me;


tapping fingers - massage the keyboard - typing these words
3 hours ago

staring at the screen -
the glowing canvas
comes to life
1 day ago

one letter at a time
thoughts materialize -
words like these
3 days ago

Of course while I am writing this I googled "Twitter" and 'haiku" and realized there is already a "twaiku" movement, though I am not sure how many people write haikus that are specifically about posting an update on Twitter?

There would have to be some obligatory nature themed haikus as well. Regardless of what they are about I would be thrilled to fill each day with countless tiny poems materializing across my screen, implanting my mind with images that capture a graceful and beautiful moment in time.

Any takers?


Comrade Kevin said...

I'm just not good at haikus. :)

mellowlee said...

omg *bounce bounce* I love it! I haven't written haiku since high school, but I would try for this :O)
The idea cracks me up. You're awesome my friend

Allison said...

I keep forgetting I have a Twitter account. This is something I could get behind. Twaiku, just might be my word of the week.

Westcoast Walker said...

Hi all - just started my haiku-centric twitter account!

mellowlee said...

YAY! :O)

Chris Bellekom said...

I Have been doing this a couple of months now together with a couple of other guys.

They're in dutch though.

"De schrijver is dood / de herfst verkleurt zijn botten / het papier blijft leeg"

But keep up the effort