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“Whopper Haiku”

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……………………….WHOPPER HAIKU
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…………………………Black hole
…………………………Tadpole Galaxy falls in.
…………………………You should have seen the one that got away…
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…………………………by Therese L. Broderick
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Writer’s Statement — This poem was composed in response to prompt #93 on ReadWritePoem: write a whopper. This whopper is a parody of Basho’s famous “furu ike ya” haiku (1686), one translation of which appears on Wikipedia. In that haiku, a frog jumps into a pond. In my poem here, “Tadpole” is the name of a real galaxy. Before posting this poem, I reviewed these copyright guidelines about writing parody.
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About ThereseLBroderick

Independent community poet living in Albany, New York USA.

20 responses »

  1. Hilarious story in such a short space. Well done!

  2. that’s really lovely. i can see it or what i imagine it would look like.

  3. Hi Therese,

    So succinct! Why didn’t we all think of that?!

  4. Utterly fabulous!

  5. I love Basho, and this is a clever homage of a parody.

  6. Short and wry. I love it.

  7. Therese, very clever parody and also a working haiku. Plus there are the possible religious overtones in terms of who is observing this with such amusement. You might consider sending the poem to a magazine or journal that deals with physics or astroscience.

  8. A very well written haiku. Wonderful,Therese!

  9. Great fun – love the depth of this haiku.

  10. This is great, Therese — love the humor.

  11. so much in so little….thanks for sharing this nice one

  12. Very clever use of both astronomy and reverence for Basho.

  13. Damn funny, Therese!

    I love that you took an icon and a universe and set them at it!

  14. A cosmic fish tale! What fun!

  15. Sweeping whopper. I enjoyed this!

  16. Short, but very sweet!

  17. Nicely done! You should consider sending it to Scifaiku (a magazine that prints sci-fi haiku).

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