Sundry Haiku and Tanka

Prompted to write a school-related haiku, I ended up with a tanka. I just couldn’t seem to fit this true tale into a mere seventeen syllables:

Classroom clock won’t move,
its hands dulled by droning prof,
who catches my stare
and yells, “If you’re bored, then go.”
Lesson learned — I take my leave.


Continuing with an education theme, I’ve used Three Word Wednesday’s drag, mumble, penetrate prompt in this haiku:

Penetrating mind
who mumbles at his lectern —
a scholarly drag.


Drop the “f” from “flaws”
and you’re left with the word “laws,”
most of which are flawed.


What greater pleasure
than a standing ovation
from the man you love.


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23 Responses to “Sundry Haiku and Tanka”

  1. Most entertaining and lively! Love the idea of a mumbling mind!

  2. Rinkly Rimes says:

    ‘I’ve known that sort of scholarly drag, but I’ve never learned anything from
    him! Maths, chiefly. Only three lines but you said it all and used all the words!

  3. Fantastic, enjoyed both the tanka and haiku. Just found your site, will be back for more.


  4. tara tyler says:

    having an abundance of knowledge doesnt necessarily make a good teacher =)
    great poems!

  5. Linda Jacobs says:

    Oh, I so remember those long classes in college that seemed to last forever! You captured it well!

  6. Now that I’m a teacher, the clock still won’t move! Thanks for your whimsy, Madeleine!

  7. Excellent! Bravo!
    I had a teacher who stood on a chair, took the clock off the wall and shook it, then put it back. He was a lovely man. Eccentric? You bet! :O)

  8. Laurie Kolp says:

    Love them all, especially the ‘flaws’ one.

  9. RJ Clarken says:

    Excellent and fun – as usual!

  10. Sheilagh Lee says:

    lovely and very well thought out.

  11. Scholarly still relates to school, so you’re golden and we got a Tanka as gravy! Nicely done :) I had a math prof do that once, and he lost half his class within 20 seconds.

  12. Loved the tanka and haikus…you always create such wonderful pieces!

  13. andy sewina says:

    Nicely, love the bit about droping the ‘f’!!!

  14. RiA says:

    So glad I’m out! Feel sorry for my daughter sometimes!

  15. Amanda says:

    Damn woman loved Haiku but the Tanka is the bomb! The last Haiku is darling, you’re lucky to have him!

  16. mareymercy says:

    Drop the “f” from “flaws”
    and you’re left with the word “laws,”
    most of which are flawed.

    Applause! Love em all, but especially this one.

  17. Monique says:

    I like this, how creative!

  18. Shail says:

    Love them all, but the one about flawed laws is superb!

  19. Nanka says:

    The school episode looks courageously bold and tossed with confidence!!

  20. miss pie says:

    … a great reminder of the american institution called education…

  21. Troll says:

    Very nice. Especially “Flaws”. Want to judge this Monday’s haiku contest?

  22. madkane says:

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments! And Troll, I’d be happy to help judge. Just let me know what to do. :)