Monday, 2 February 2009

Wolliecobblies: Comments cause a Haiku!

One of the things I so love about blogging is how it creatively and humorously brings together people from all over the world, (and beyond!).

I hadn't intended to post for a couple of days, but this 'thread' just had to be woven into the fabric of the blogosphere immediately!

In my previous post I suggested that folk have fun thinking of a caption for Littl' Nicky's speech bubble. If you go to the Comments you will see how this evolved ...

Bindu suggested for the caption, 'It's good to eat, but also good to toss into the air and catch!'

I responded by saying 'Catch the cauliflower would be a good new sport! Or using raquets, a bit like badminton, but with cauliflower florets ...'

The Weaver of Grass commented, 'As for the speech bubble, I am guessing he cannot speak all that well yet and feel he might be saying "more wolliecobblies".'

My response to Weaver's glorious word 'wolliecobblies' included noting 'I wonder if it could be incorporated into a haiku?' (If you read Weaver's recent posting you will see some of her beautiful haikus there).

The brilliant Sepiru Chris (also an accomplished Haiku writer - see his recent posts), wrote 'You ask, I deliver:' and sent the haiku which he had written!

I'll type it again here just in case the text isn't clear in the speech bubble:

Wolliecobblies haiku:

Serve wolliecobblies.

Follow with eyes; swing racket!

Thwack; microflorets.

Thank you for putting your necks together in this way, my wonderful bloggy friends! My thanks also to all of you who commented and came up with fun captions - do please read them all in the previous post's Comments ...

44 comments:

bindu said...

This is too funny, & the haiku is brilliant!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

It is isn't it, Bindu! Blogging is such nexcellent fun ...

L. Rochelle said...

Great haiku..
Just finished my 2nd month of blogging, and I'm so amazed at the wealth of humor and originality. And good will..always from you!
Lyn

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Yes Lyn, Chris's haiku has made me laugh all evening!

Blogging is indeed wonderful; there are some great folks out in the blogosphere. Good will is contagious, I believe. May it spread and spread!

Country Girl said...

Ralph, I love your post here. The haiku was brilliant! I read all the comments in the one before. Yes, bloggarittaville is a wonderful place sometimes. Thanks for stopping by again and spreading the love.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thank you Country Girl, glad you enjoyed the post and Chris's haiku!

Spreading the love - I like that. Goodwill and love. February feels warm in spite of the snow.

Sandy said...

Great captions and I just LOVE these drawings.

Sepiru Chris said...

Dear Raph,

(!)

The chain of chance is a splendid thing.

I am delighted that you enjoyed that burst of extemporaneous haiku created as it was from the words and ideas of others.

What an extraordinary world when we all put our necks together, as you say.

Thank you so much for allowing me to put word's into your youngest child's mouth; truly an honour for words are the harbingers of dreams, ideas, and actions.

And, on that last note, enjoy the upcoming wallpaper which I assure you Littl' Nicky will provide...

Tschüss,
Chris

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thank you so much, Sandy!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Sepiru Chris - the chain of chance indeed! If Barbara Martin had not given the Premio Dardos Award, Wolliecobblies haiku may never have been written!

Many thanks for this gem!

Floret Fresco all round the kitchen? Hmmmmm ...

Jeane said...

oh my gosh - I'm a bit behind here! yum, the wolliecobblies with secret sauce sound really good - if I cooked I would be tempted to try this, but alas....

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Don't you cook much Jeane? Me neither! Girth is so neckstatic about trying his recipes out at our house there is no need for either Maureen or I to do much cooking atall!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely haiku Raph - have visited Chris's site. Love the word microflorets! Isn't blogging a good way of communicating.

willow said...

Wolliecobblies is a marvelous word!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Weaver - I get microflorets frequently whenever I over-cook my cauliflower!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

It is, isn't it Willow - I've been saying it to myself all day as I've been working!

Tom Atkins said...

What brilliant fun!

Cloudia said...

Gentle Giraffe chuffs to you! Glad you discovered dear Sepiru Chris. He is a web-izen extraordinaire! Aloha-

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Yes, I've been smiling all day, Tom!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

What a lovely phrase, 'gentle giraffe chuffs', Cloudia.

Sepiru Chris is indeed brilliant!

Barbara Martin said...

'Floret fresco' for wallpaper? Only Chris would come up with something like that.

Unfortunately, although I may be poetic at times, hiaku is not in my list of accomplishments.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Haiku seems difficult to me, Barbara, and possibly addictive too!

jinksy said...

How sad- I missed all the fun! Will be back in hopes of more...

Raph G. Neckmann said...

There's always plenty of fun here, Jinksy! You are very welcome!

Lauren said...

As soon as I saw the Haiku I thought "hey, he's been looking at Chris's blog with all those neat Haikus", but Chris suggested it!

Too cute :)

Also the recipe below looks amazing. I think I am going to have to try it this weekend.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

It is Sepiru Chris's haiku, Lauren - I'm sure I couldn't write one!

Good luck with the recipe - let me know how you liked it ...

Derrick said...

Hi Raph,

What a LOT I've been missing! Exotic recipes and speech bubble games!

I've never tried banana with cauliflower - not sure about that! As for the speech bubble, I'm secretly glad that someone else has worked wonders! But Littl' Nicky is as cute as ever!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

It's the cheese that blends the tastes together in perfection, Derrick!

Littl' Nicky says hello!

willow said...

Raph, I am passing along the letter "G" to you for the letter game. (I thought you might like that one) Have fun!! :)

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Oh Willow - my mind's gone blank! I can't think of anything beginning with "G"!

olivia said...

LOL!!! Perfect.

Reader Wil said...

I find haiku writers terribly clever! I always admire people that can produce haikus. Very nice post Raph!

Coastcard said...

The haiku is so much fun! Why not try a loku?

Raph G. Neckmann said...

It is isn't it, Olivia! Littl' Nicky is having great fun trying to recite it all day ...

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Reader Wil - I think Sepiru Chris is terribly clever!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Hi Coastcard! I think this is something else for Sepiru Chris ...

Sepiru Chris, if you are reading this - can you condense your poetic skills on wolliecobblies even further into a Loku? Here's one for you:

Abandon prolixity: trim.

Poetikat said...

Raph, I couldn't manage a haiku on your recipe, but yesterday I did put one on "Invisible Keepsakes" that you might enjoy.

Kat

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thanks Poetikat! I shall be there forthwith ...

Sepiru Chris said...

Dear Raph!

Three one syllable words?

... ... ...

To replace a haiku about a four syllable noun, its tracking, interception, and micro-propagation in rem?

In England I would rattle off a quick, relevant loku:

nine
nine
nine

Whilst in North America it would be:

nine
one
one

...

You don't want to make this very easy, do you.

It's 1:20am, I've just come in from a history talk (the full Oxon PPE perspective of Hong Kong), wine, and a dinner with the speaker and organisers, and am just about to go out dancing... And you want a loku?

The word loku cannot even be used in a loku.


I can't even say

Loki
Likeee
Loco

Because I have doubled the permissible syllable count in each word/line...

...



hmm ...

Food
play
fun!

Hit
Smash
One

Thwack!
Makes
Some!

Oops!
Mad
Mom...

Hee!
Good
Son?

...

You know, none of these do it for me. There is very little residual meaning. Nothing to imagine or connote.

OK. What if we leave the haiku as is.

How about part deux, the continuation...

...

See
food
fly!

...

Three one-syllable words is a bit limiting...

This is the "Me like Jane" of poetry...

I'll mull this one over a bit.

Sorry to disappoint, but I have always thought prolixity and loquacity lead to good life whereas

Terse
yields
hearse

I know as a scribe you might think I want to write less, not more, but I get paid by the word...

Tschuess,
Chris

Raph G. Neckmann said...

My sentiments exactly, Sepiru Chris - 'prolixity and loquacity lead to good life.'

'Terse
yields
hearse'

is wonderful, and I do like:

'See
food
fly!'

(Ooops, my loku is disqualified, I'd obviously overlooked the one-syllable aspect!)

History, wine, dinner and dancing? Sounds like an evening at the Gleeful & Greedy! Have fun!

marigirl said...

so fantastic! I think it's the best haiku I've ever read. :) Raph, you have a gift for sparking conversationss.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thank you Marigirl! I shall pass that compliment on to Sepiru Chris.

I'm honoured that my giraffe waffle sparks conversations!

Coastcard said...

Raph, what fun! You have really started something here ... The haiku may be more fun than the loku, but you have to admit that the loku can be profound. I read that the ultimate loku is probably 'I love you': now that to me (with Valentine's Day on the horizon) has elemental poetic credentials. Would you all agree?

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Elemental poetic credentials sounds marvellous, Coastcard!

I think I'm too loquacious for loku. Why yes - maybe we giraffes should found a new style of very long poem called 'loqu'!