Tech Haiku #1

I took a creative writing class last semester as part of my degree requirements. I’m working towards a Communications degree and I had burned out a little after so much technical writing and expository writing, so I wanted a fun break.

For our class assignments we wrote some poetry as well as short stories. The poems included haiku and sonnet work. While I found that writing sonnets is actually quite difficult, the haiku poems were intriguing to me. I’ve already posted one of my class haiku poems Winter earlier on Focal Plane.

I recently came across a contest on the ThinkGeek.com website for writing tech haiku. I decided to try my hand at writing some of them, and it turned out to be a good way to pass a few spare minutes at work. Instead of entering the contest, though, I am presenting the haiku here on Focal Plane. So now, for your amusement (I hope), I present my first tech haiku:

cooling towers soar
overclocked memory chips
render polygons

Although haiku are only three lines, they have a lot of rules to follow. The rule that is probably most well-known is that haiku must contain a certain number of syllables. The standard syllable count is 5-7-5. That’s five syllables for the first line, seven for the second, and five for the third. Tech Haiku #1 follows this standard count.

I have also found web references to other syllable counts which I found worked much better for some of my poems. I used a 3-5-3 count for the Winter haiku .

Well, my lunch break isn’t quite over, so I have a few minutes to spare to start another tech haiku. Here goes…

keyboard jams

Stay tuned.

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2 thoughts on “Tech Haiku #1

  1. keyboard jams
    peanut butter crams
    office lunch

    Hmmm… foood!
    I was going to put office life at the end, but I thought that may sound like a PAris Hilton segway 😉

  2. Pingback: Thursday Writing Prompt No. 109 | Focal Plane

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