14 April 2010

The Haiku Your Book Challenge

In honor of National Poetry Month we invite you to Haiku a book.  

What exactly does that mean?  Take a book and tell us about that book in a very simple way: write a Haiku about it.
How to write a poem using basic Haiku form:  
  The first and last lines have 5 syllables 
and the middle line has 7 syllables.
John Cooper Clark explains his take on Haiku, with Haiku:

"To express oneself
in seventeen syllables
is very diffic."

Read the comments below for more inspiration!  Good Luck and Have Fun! 

Please use the following format for your comment:  Title of Book, Author and then your Haiku and any brief comments about your book selection.


  1. Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
    by Elizabeth Gilbert

    Commitment choose it
    and work very very hard
    wedded bliss can last.

    I had a love/hate relationship with "Eat, Pray, Love". Books with research and stories about other cultures are one my favorites --so are books that lead me to other books, Committed covered both.

  2. The Dragon Princess
    by E. D. Baker

    Half girl half dragon
    she scares her suitors away
    this books is awesome!

  3. Fast Food Nation
    by Eric Schlosser

    Ignorance can harm
    eating fast food surely will.
    Educate yourself.

  4. The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas
    by Jerry Dennis

    Five nature wonders
    Wild fury calm majesty
    Captures Water’s Breath

    Dennis creates a mystic around the Great Lakes from many perspectives: historical, geological, ecological, and fishing-wise. Any lover of the outdoors would like this book.


    Gone with the Wind
    Novel by Margaret Mitchell (Movie adapted by Sidney Howard)

    Prejudiced system
    Crushes crashes withers still
    I don’t give a damn

    This story is one of my all time favorites. The fall of a societal scourge amid a devastating war is marked by Rhett’s simple statement towards Scarlett.

  5. Punk Marketing
    by Richard Laermer and Mark Simmons

    Thwart the competition, yo!
    Bust the mold. Create.

  6. Anonymous9:08 PM

    The Biology of Belief
    by Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D.

    our biology,
    spirit reflected in flesh
    under microscope

  7. The Secret Garden
    by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Secret garden found
    Green things twine and vine about
    Mary is the bloom

    I loved this book as a young girl and am loving it even more as I read it with my daughter this spring. It has inspired us to work in the garden together and reveal all the new green things pushing up. Plus it gives me a chance to brush up on my Yorkshire accent.

  8. Catcher in the Rye
    J.D. Salinger

    Fifteen, I first found
    True "shock and awe" in your words.
    They still ring. Godspeed.

    This is not my "favorite" book, but one of the first that had a real impact on me as a reader. I love haiku and wrote this one back in January when Salinger died. Love your challenge (and your question at the Diane Rehm presentation - I, too, marveled at her answer) and may be back for more!

  9. Peter Berlinghof10:03 AM

    A A Milne's Pooh Bear
    too much for a two year old?
    not at all. just right.

    - I found that most toddlers can recognize Winnie-the-Pooh and all the beloved characters from the Hundred Acre Woods, but their exposure to these characters is usually from TV shows, or simplified "watered-down" versions of the stories; board books, coloring books, T-shirts, etc. Some might consider the orignal source material from Milne's 1926 classic to be a bit archaic and stilted for kids today. They might add that E.H.Shepard's endearing illustrations are too simple and sparce to hold the attention of a young child. A little put off by the overly simplified board book version of Pooh that didn't seem to interest my 2 year old daughter anymore, I sat down with her and Milne's original version. Honey Bees, Woozles, Heffalumps and Missing tails! Riveting!

  10. i love my nieces
    what more could an uncle want
    two girls, two beautys

  11. White whale in my depths,
    are you really salvation?
    or my undoing...

    I think I want you to guess the title of the book that prompted this response. It answers another challenge because it's also one of my favorites.

  12. At first was the Word,
    and all words written since have
    fallen so far short!

    The Gospel of John, good news indeed for those who find God in the endlessness of the question rather than the foolish finity of the answer. It begins with a poem and ends elliptically.

  13. The Calder Game
    by Blue Balliett

    A maze, two children
    --there is a big adventure:
    a boy disappears!

  14. a million miles in a thousand years
    by donald miller

    when you choose to live
    you’ve chose to start your story
    what’s your story read?

  15. Dragon Slippers
    by: Jessica Day George
    Tears, prince, and power,
    The mystery of slippers,
    dragons, and stained glass

  16. The Complete Practical Guide to Gardening with Annuals, Bulbs and Perennials by Richard Bird and Kathy Brown

    today we gardened
    inspired in the plant world
    this book helped a lot.

    The Sisters and the Mom worked on this one... after gardening and catching this years first toad!

  17. The Friend4:38 PM


    Margret Peterson
    The Missing: book 1, Found...WOW
    Orphan Jonah's life