Ode to Traffic: a Haiku

>> Tuesday, 4 October 2011

I tangled with the traffic this morning (something of a recurring theme on this blog, I fear), and on returning home read an email from a friend containing a number of haiku's lamenting the shortfalls of computer technology. So I was inspired to write my own. No prizes for guessing the subject matter...


Oh Moscow traffic jam
You are never ending
Sprawling down highways
Like some lazy teen
Too indolent to move

New bus lanes
Add to the chaos
And all but the buses and the ambulances
Are locked
In your choking embrace

With the exception obviously
Of the blue buckets*
To whom normal rules
Do not apply...



With apologies to all the more experienced haiku writers and their fans out there who no doubt can point out a million mistakes in format etc.

*Non Muscovite readers should click here for an explanation of what a 'blue bucket' actually is...



4 comments:

MsCaroline 4 October 2011 at 12:43  

Hmm...you don't have to have a 'blue bucket' on your car in Seoul in order to do whatever you want when you're driving. People just do whatever, whenever. In fact, blue buckets might be helpful: at least they'd help you identify who would be most likely to kill you out of all the cars on the road. As it is, you just have to be on your guard all the time.

nappy valley girl 4 October 2011 at 17:01  

Very good. I might have to compose one about New York driving. Having spent many hours in the car this weekend coming back from Massachussetts, it proved my theory that the driving closest to home is definitely the worst!

Expat mum 4 October 2011 at 18:51  

Yes, and then I could do one about Chicago traffic but it should probably be a limerick, given that everyone thinks they're feckin' Irish.

Nora 6 October 2011 at 03:03  

I'm not sure about the rules on haikus, but these sound perfectly fine to me. They certainly bring your point across in poetic terms and that's what counts, doesn't it?

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