Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Writing with Jack Kerouac - October 25, 2014

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)

on the road
without a map
easy to get lost

mile long traffic jam
horns blasting in the chaos
cyclist rides right by

on the beach
her tiny bikini
distracts the lifeguard

Halloween night
kids dressed like ghosts and ghouls
rang the monster's bell

(c) G.s.k. '14

This is what Jack Kerouac had to say about haiku:

"The American Haiku is not exactly the Japanese
Haiku. The Japanese Haiku is strictly disciplined
to seventeen syllables but since the language
structure is different I don't think American
Haikus (short three-line poems intended to be
completely packed with Void of Whole) should worry
about syllables because American speech is
something again...bursting to pop.

Above all, a Haiku must be very simple and free
of all poetic trickery and make a little picture
and yet be as airy and graceful as a Vivaldi

Jack Kerouac

 The bottoms of my shoes
are clean
from walking in the rain.

Empty baseball field
a robin
hops along the bench

This post was linked to Sparkling Stars on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai where you can also read more haiku by Jack Kerouac and a brief biography of his life.


  1. What a great response Georgia! I can really see Kerouac in the 3rd and 4th :)

  2. Like your series, Georgia! the 3rd one was a must (grins)

  3. I like the bikini one...lot of fun:)

  4. The bikini haiku really does seem to channel Kerouac, with great observation and humour. Of course, the humour could become a little dark if you follow the logic of the setting - after all, what is the lifeguard distracted from? Who's not waving, but drowning..? ;)

  5. You're a bright cookie Blake ... seems like no one took it beyond face value ... the though only occurred to me after i'd written the ku but decided to let it stand.


harmonious words ... like crystal clear water ... pure ectasy

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