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Western Haikus

Kylie’s “Western” Haikus


Here Goes

Recently finished Kerouac’s BOOK OF HAIKUS[1] and thought I’d try my hand. My first couple were shit-tay. This is the first one I don’t feel too self-conscious about sharing:

Wine & takeout, NPR on — Inner conflict:
Recyclable container needs rinsed… But
Too lazy so trash bin it goes (sorry!)

[–]McKeon09876     hey K you read The Haiku Year[2]? its written by the REM baldy and i think Wilco too maybe i dunno.        

[–]WhatInTheActualKylie   Just ordered thanks for the rec!               

[–]McKeon09876   shocked you never heard of it since you’re all about haikus now and also dad rock.       

[–]WhatInTheActualKylie         hey. don’t knock dad rock! btw loveLOVElove this one:

Suspicious parents–
I’m just smiling at your kid
Fuck this shitty world

[–]Juniper_Jams         isn’t it supposed to be like 7 syllables or some shiz?        

[–]WhatInTheActualKylie         These are Western Haikus. Freeform 3-line pops that aren’t restricted by syllables or meter.
Love them because when done right they are like these beautiful little snapshots. Not as easy as it looks!!

Predatory Wasp Is Out to Get Us![3]

Yellowjacket lands on my arm!
Alexa, play for my fav Sufjan song


I’ve Got Caps and Scarves and Sweaters[4]

That spring when the snow melted
We saw all the cigarette butts and I asked: Which ones are ours?
Will said, “All the white ones.”


Silly Love Songs

He eats takeout
Straight from the box
But refuses to use a plastic fork.


The Ants Go Marching One By One, Hurrah

Trail of ants………..
Is it trail or train? I wonder
As I douse them with Black Flag


The Gloaming[5]

It’s a new dawn and a new day [6]
The Hope that it brings
Lasts until the coffee runs out.



[1] “Book of Haikus – Wikipedia.”

[2] “The Haiku Year by Tom Gilroy – Goodreads.”

[3] “The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us! – Genius.”

[4] “Death Cab For Cutie Lyrics – Blacking Out The Friction – AZLyrics.”

[5] “The Gloaming (group) – Wikipedia.”

[6] “Lyrics – Feeling Good – AZLyrics.”

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