Day 27, NaPoWriMo

hates the
jogging, happy talker.

It’s the hay(na)ku). Created by the poet Eileen Tabios and named by Vince, the hay(na)ku is a variant on the haiku. A hay(na)ku consists of a three-line stanza, where the first line has one word, the second line has two words, and the third line has three words. You can write just one, or chain several together into a longer poem. For example, you could write a hay(na)ku sonnet, like the one that Vince himself wrote back during NaPoWriMo 2012!

“Why Am I Not Surprised?”

Why Am I Not Surprised?

He scrambles across the street after school
like a jockey at the bell.
He dodges screaming traffic
a fearless Don Quixote.
Hair flying
pants slipping
fist-grabbing britches below his butt
fashion compromising comfort.
Don pulls his car next to mine
inviting a race to the finish.
Booming, straining
a regular James Dean.
Hack-hacking, and scratching
he monkeys the noise on his radio:
meaningless, beat-assured, dark gibberish.

Was ever a new generation whose act
might mimic the best?
Honor and want to be like the rest?
Oh, Dulcinea, No!
Don also dreams of glory
in his mad and dread-locked world.
It’s not surprising…
Not at all.