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poetry by j matthew waters

Unrealistic Haiku Expectations


You kept me boxed in you did
With your rules
About long hair and piercings
Telling me what can be visible
And what can’t
With tats and other stuff

I can’t imagine you expect
Such conformity
This day and age
At a time when I should print
Anything I like on Twitter
And not be badly judged

I know you expect endless creativity
In a five seven five set
But you’ll have to forgive me
For stepping out of bounds
Every now and then
With three irregular verses


october two thousand eleven
copyright j matthew waters
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2 thoughts on “Unrealistic Haiku Expectations

  1. Excellent take on modern attitudes. I feel the same way about the Limerick form. Highly structured and regulated and infinite variety within.

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