Frequent readers of ColumbiaMissourian.com might have noticed an increase in poetic comments in October. The poetry began with comments on a guest commentary about Occupy COMO and an Associated Press article about possible increases for Missouri’s minimum wage.
We were intrigued by the trend and asked each person who contributed in haiku, song lyrics or free verse to explain why they commented and why they participate in our online discussions.
The initiator naturally responded in haiku:
(14 haiku comments since October 2011; first comment: September 10, 2008)
Why haiku? Focus,
Deeper truths, a puzzle that
One can unravel.
Empathy takes work.
Interpreting verse intent
May be good practice.
If you can see your
Self in me, there's a chance for
Facts and data won't
Convince, but there's wooing in
(Relief from hot rhetoric)
Comes from this whimsy.
(6 haiku comments since October 2011; first comment: August 22, 2007)
"Basically I wrote the haikus to see if I could in response to Gregg Bush's. Usually I comment to add information to a story or correct an error, either in the story or from another commenter."
(2 haiku comments since October 2011; first comment: November 19, 2008)
"The only real reasons I've personally posted a couple of haikus on Missourian comments is for humor, and possibly to further annoy the people who are already annoyed by the poetry. I personally really like the poetry."
Even one of the Missourian's assistant city editors chimed in.
(First comment: February 17, 2010)
Comments in haiku
the cure to manic Monday
Keep us laughing please