Some Haiku in Between Other Things

For most of this week, I have been living off the leftovers of the mediocre Rosh Hashanah Feast, supplemented by boiled eggs. This is because I am devoting my time to applying for projects (you know, in order to afford salad ingredients) and editing my friend’s Brooklyn-y novel.

Happily, in between those activities, I have managed to come up with some punctuation-based haiku to submit for the National Punctuation Day Punctuation Haiku Contest. I don’t know what the prize is. Bragging rights? The website promises “a plethora of punctuation goodies”–which sounds only marginally exciting. Unless it’s a punctuation-related trip to snuggle some tigers?

Punctuation eggs

It's terribly difficult to arrange eggs for a photo shoot

Haiku is a challenging format for grammar types and punctuation really does make all the difference. The contest deadline is September 30, so I still have some time. Here is a sampling so far. (Feel free to leave your contributions in the comments. Don’t worry, I won’t jack them.)

Pitchfork and hipsters:
In the States, periods go
Inside quotations.


Unless you’re “British,”
Commas belong inside quote
Marks. See the first line.

Christians on Facebook
Have issues punctuating
Fan page’s to God.

Exclamation points
Are bossy. They force you to
Read a certain way!

Serial commas or
No? I don’t care, just pick one.
Can’t have it both ways.

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2 Responses to Some Haiku in Between Other Things

  1. Amy says:

    Oh my! So fun.

    Here’s mine:

    I deleted when
    He wrote “I’m a well read guy.”
    Forgot the hyphen.

  2. Amy says:

    Another one:

    A short pause is a
    comma. A long pause: Billy
    Joel post “promised land.”

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