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METRONOMES
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by April Halprin Wayland
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In this stifling
heat, two dogs meet, pant.  Their tails
wag a slow hello.
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c) 2011 April Halprin Wayland, all rights reserved
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The story behind the poem:
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I was at the dog park, watching Eli sidle up to a new dog. They stood side-by-side, looking in each other’s eyes. ¬†Their tails began to wag‚ÄĒslowly, at first, then faster. ¬†It reminded me of the old metronome my mother still uses. ¬†And it made me laugh.
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I thought, ‚ÄúI have no time, I’ll write a haiku.‚ÄĚ ¬†HA! ¬†Haiku poems are deceptive. ¬†As Mark Twain famously wrote, ‚ÄúI didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.‚ÄĚ
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There are lots of rules regarding haiku. ¬†The first and third lines contain five syllables, the second line, seven. ¬†They aren’t supposed to rhyme. ¬†They should indicate the season of the year. ¬†They should be about something in the natural world. They should be in present tense.
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I wrote 13 versions…and could have written for days.
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It’s your turn. Go outside. ¬†Observe something in the natural world. ¬†Read¬†haiku¬†poems. ¬†Write a haiku or two. ¬†Enjoy!
Eli at the dog park 4-11 (c) 2011 April Halprin Wayland, all rights reserved
xEli watches the dog park gate: who’s coming in? ¬†Do I know them? ¬†Are they friendly?

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