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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Introducing sherku

What is sherku?

A new variation on haiku.

Why a new variation?

Hey, why not. I just took the classical form of haiku and made it my own.

What do you mean to accomplish?

Writing on difficult things by focusing, by boiling down to the essence of the fewest words.

What is so different from haiku?

There are conventions that haiku follow, I will deviate as necessary.

So what will you write about?

Well, sherku will be the catchall. My running will be ruku. My work related will be busku. My educational will be edku. My hitchhiking will be hitchku. And there may be other variations on this but I think you get the idea.

I think you are crazy.

You are entitled to your opinion.

Do you have any written yet?


One, two, three.

The audio version of this is here.
The listing of available sherku can be found here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:47 AM) : 

Well, I'm not good at poetry. Not to mention haiku. But, really, will you write more in-depth about this sherku of yours -- and how it related with haiku -- for a very novice kinda guy? I'd like to learn about it.


Blogger Steve Sherlock said ... (10:52 AM) : 

Well, it is somewhat "tongue in cheek" but very much like haiku. It differs in that is my spin on creation. I add my "2 cents worth" to it. I follow the standard form and convention somewhat and deviate as necessary.

For example, while convention calls for 17 syllables, I prefer to recommend 19.

Why 19? Well, 17 is confining, 19 provides more (recall 2 cents). 19 is also a number from a card game called "Cribbage" where 19 is an impossible score to achieve. Trying to condence a feeling, an image to some number (19 in this case) is an impossible task (recall Cribbage score) to try but try we must. Or as Yoda says: "There is no try, only do".

Does that help?


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