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OK, I am going to give this a try, 17 syllables or not 17 syllables:


*groan* but at least I tried.. kind of like the chapter I'm working on.

Lisa R

discovery draft
short sessions on schedule
lead to doctorate

diva says balance
exercise and socialize
complete PhD

overwhelmed and lost
balance life and PhD
you can do it now

creative thinking
life and work always balance
sounds like a success

hopeless and adrift
diva has a solution
affirm plan and act

ernest j berry

on her kimono
shimmering in the moonlight
a heron takes flight

nibbling on the leaf
a yellow caterpillar
letting in the sun

Hudson Bay Hilton
aurora borealis
in every window

old beach umbrella
bit & pieces of sunshine
under all the holes

her gurgling baby
in the curve of the mountain
rocking the cradle


Advisor said NO,
Find another idea,
I'm back at square one.

Advisor won't help,
Told me to seek therapy,
SHE is the problem!

Grad students give aid,
Dis Diva helps me to write,
I am not alone.

In hour long spurts,
I sort through literature,
Found an idea!

I sent in a draft,
Now I wait anxious, tired,
Please approve my work!

Sharmila S

Piled higher and Deeper,
Like a huge creeper,
And my curiosity grows steeper,
Till I am the perfect researcher!

H. Patey

Blank white space stretches
expectantly. Black words move
endlessly, I write.


Thought after thought mined
A secret close, I am still
Past human folly

Anna Zivian

internet distracts
work on the dissertation now
stop playing scramble

just one more ref'rence
hey look at the lit cited

bright sunshine outside
two hundred more words and i
can go for a run

Anna M Zivian
Environmental Studies, UCSC
"Subnational regulation of genetically modified organisms in the EU and the US"


local government
gmo regulation
in europe, us

if you want the haiku title!

Rob feels pain and suffeting

Lets define the Haiku for the beginners, shall we?

Haiku (俳句, Haiku?) listen (help·info) is a kind of Japanese poetry. It was given this name in the late 19th century by a man named Masaoka Shiki by a combination of the older hokku (発句, hokku?) and the haikai (or verses) in haikai no renga. Haiku, when known as hokku were the opening verses of a linked verse form, haikai no renga. In Japanese, hokku and haiku are traditionally printed in one vertical line (though in handwritten form they may be in any reasonable number of lines). In English, haiku are written in three lines to equate to the three parts of a haiku in Japanese that traditionally consist of five, seven, and then five on (the Japanese count sounds, not syllables; for example, the word "haiku" itself counts as three sounds in Japanese, but two syllables in English, and writing seventeen syllables in English produces a poem that is actually quite a bit longer, with more content, than a haiku in Japanese). The kireji (cutting word or pause) usually comes at the end of either the first or second line. A haiku traditionally contains a kigo (season word) representative of the season in which the poem is set, or a reference to the natural world.

Because Japanese nouns do not have different singular and plural forms, "haiku" is usually used as both a singular and plural noun in English as well. Practicing haiku poets and translators refer to "many haiku" rather than "haikus."

Senryu is a similar poetry form that emphasizes irony, satire, humor, and human foibles instead of seasons, and may or may not have kigo or kireji.

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