Disney Haiku Challenge

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“Disney Haiku” (yes, that’s really what it says)

I’m not sure why exactly, but I’ve always found haiku to be a fun little creative outlet. My law school roommate and I would often sit in the back of our Estates & Trusts lectures and compose absurd haiku as a way to pass the time. This might explain why neither of us do estates and trusts as a part of our practice, by the way, but that’s a discussion for another day.  

Anyway, as a reminder for those of you that have not encountered it since elementary school, haiku is a form of short Japanese poetry that follows a particular format: a traditional haiku is 17 syllables in three phrases that follow a 5-7-5 pattern.*  In other words, the first phrase is 5 syllables, the second is 7, and the final phrase is 5 syllables.  To the extent that it requires you to wedge your thoughts into a small number of words and still convey something worth reading, you can almost think of it as an ancient version of Twitter (minus the abbreviations, emoticons and vitriol).  Alas, I digress.

Haiku have traditionally been used to convey very Zen-like observations regarding the serenity of the natural world.  Accordingly, the juxtaposition of this simple, beautiful form of poetry and its traditional use, and different subject matter — like the decidedly un-serene and not-particularly-natural Disney Parks — can lead to some wonderfully absurd results.  Soooo, here’s a challenge for all of you — come up with some Disney park haiku and share them in the comments below.

Your haiku can be about anything in the Disney universe you like. For example, you could use it as a way to compose very succinct reviews or summaries of Disney attractions:

Kali River Ride.

Why didn’t I just jump in?

Squish squish squish squish squish.

or

Strapped down in the dark,

Alien burps in your face.

Stitch’s Great Escape.

It could also be a way of offering some commentary:

Everest thrill ride,

Interrupted by disco.

Please fix the Yeti.

or

Shackle to my wrist

My wallet, call it a key.

Disney MagicBand.

It could even be a way of relaying some of your favorite park memories:

Damn thee, Mickey bar!

Tastes so good I don’t notice

Ice cream down my shirt.

Heck, you could even do Universal Studios if you’d rather:

Phone flew out of shorts!

Lockers there for a reason.

Forbidden Journey.

The point is, you’ve got a ton of freedom here, so let your imagination be your guide — I’m looking forward to seeing what haiku you all come up with!  Have fun!

*Yes, I am aware that there is plenty of haiku out there that doesn’t follow this 5-7-5 pattern.  This is, however, a Disney blog, not a poetry class, so work with me on this.  The constraints will make it more of a challenge anyway!

 

James Rosemergy

When not planning for or traveling to Walt Disney World with his beautiful wife and impossibly adorable daughter, James practices law in St. Louis. He also really likes cheese. He can be found on twitter at @jrtoastyman.

11 thoughts on “Disney Haiku Challenge

  • March 11, 2016 at 10:16 am
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    My ode to DisneyWorld transportation:

    Boats, pretty but slow.
    Busses exist everywhere.
    Ride the monorail!

  • March 11, 2016 at 10:37 am
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    There are quite a few of these that have been published on twitter since this posted. Follow #wdwhaiku for more!

  • March 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm
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    A Doom Buggy ride,
    Madam Leota awaits,
    “I see dead people.”

  • March 11, 2016 at 12:59 pm
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    Mouse takes my money
    Soarin’ along, just don’t care
    Love Walt Disney World!!

  • March 11, 2016 at 3:37 pm
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    There once was a man from Kissimmee . . . .

    What’s that? Oh, never mind.

  • March 11, 2016 at 5:10 pm
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    The World’s best thing, gone.
    The Alien Encounter.
    Requiem monstrum.

  • March 11, 2016 at 5:41 pm
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    The World on a string
    Ageless heart in the Kingdom
    Forever my thing

    It rhymes. So what?! lol

  • March 11, 2016 at 7:33 pm
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    They won’t stop singing
    “It’s a Small World After All!”
    Must…not…go…INSANE

  • March 11, 2016 at 11:54 pm
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    Oh Peoplemover
    Disneyland took you away
    Miss your soothing ride

  • March 12, 2016 at 6:38 am
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    Photopass pictures
    Memories for a lifetime
    Family visit

  • March 15, 2016 at 1:04 am
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    Change is good, I guess
    Farewell, Farewell my sweet show
    My Castle Party

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