Friday, May 02, 2008

Haiku (Hai-r-Ku-t) Friday 5/2/08

Haiku Friday
俳句の金曜日

Today seems perfect
to revisit a story
about a haircut.

No, not that long one,
but there is another one
from another time.

I was in Japan
and at my fav'rite haunt,
the Mister Donut.

Free refill coffee
is pretty rare in Japan,
but MisDo has it.

And so I was there,
wondering why I'd gained weight,
blaming it on rice...

A guy came over,
asking me general stuff.
Where from? Use chopsticks?

(Sometimes randomly
people will approach you
to practice English.)

We chatted, and then
he asked me an odd question:
You need a haircut?

Not sure how he guess'd.
My hair prob'ly looked like crap.
Still, I was intrigued.

And I did need one.
See, language barriers
can be really hard.

Even in English,
I have trouble explaining
how I want my hair.

So I'd put it off
waiting for my Japanese
to become fluent.

Turns out that this guy
had a friend with a salon,
down alley, downstairs.

Ever so cautious
but I did follow him there,
and it went just fine.

And he translated,
explaining what I wanted,
the perfect haircut.

Even though I tried,
nobody would let me pay,
and so it was free.

Stuff like this happened
throughout my time in Japan,
so many stories.

But now to this day
when I think about donuts
I think haircuts, too.

~*~*~*~*~*~

I don't smoke today
because it's day two-three-oh (230),
but back then I smoked.

[I'm dumb - that should have said day three-two-oh (320)]

And I "collected"
ashtrays, on some occasions,
like when at MisDo.


Also, I will be entering this haiku in the Haiku Buckaroo III Contest. Wish me luck!

16 comments:

  1. I adore how you can tell a fascinating story in haiku. You are Haiku Master(ess?) Maggie to me.

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  2. You rock the storytelling'ku! Loved it. Pic of the haircut?

    Oh yeah, and I LOVE the new look. LOVE IT!

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  3. Great haiku! Interesting story! Happy 230 smoke free days!

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  4. that's fantastic!! i am waiting to get a haircut until i'm fluent in thai... and boy could i use one. maybe i'll go hang out at the mr. donut...

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  5. Great ku. :-) I've been not smoking since 2000... it can be done! I chewed on a lot of straws and cinammon flavored gum.

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  6. That was amazing! I can't believe you told that whole story in haiku! Wow! Great story too!
    I love your new layout!!!

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  7. very trusting of you to follow that guy!

    (you're very talented at haiku!)

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  8. That is amazing. The fabulosity of the haiku, as well as the story itself.
    Congrats on 230 days of smoke free happiness! What a treat this was to read.

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  9. I loved this story...took me back to Japan. Thank you!

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  10. love your new digs! looks awesome.

    and the ku rocks too. you tell a mighty fine story in 5-7-5!

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  11. I love the new ‘look’
    of your blog … it’s certainly
    easier to read ;--)

    Donuts and haircuts …
    who else would ‘connect’ the two?
    Certainly not me!

    You do have a ‘flair’ for telling a story in Haiku! Well done (as always).
    Hugs and blessings,

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  12. Wow, a story well told in HaiKu! Great work! Happy weekend!

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  13. Wow! You are an amazing Haiku-teller :) What an neat haircutting experience! Too bad many of the english speaking Americans that I've PAID to cut my hair have failed :(

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  14. Wow, girl. By the end, I had forgotten it was a 'ku. That was awesome. And congrats on the big 2-3-0.

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  15. You are a haiku goddess! Wow. I love haiku and write one each day, but wow! You tell stories so beautifully through it.

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