Haiku for Dinner

We all have to make choices and frankly, offering choices is a trademark of my parenting style. So, when I told my children that they had a choice of doing a family Harlem shake or writing dinnertime haiku, each sharpened their pencil.

What Goes Best with Haiku?

What Goes Best with Haiku?

Index cards and pencils placed in the middle of table, quiet tapping out of syllables all around and more naughty “designed to rouse mom” poems than I care to share. Fortunately, burger king fries only taps out 4 syllables. The grandparents participated too and despite the torture, perhaps one day they’ll remember it as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month. Enjoy our haiku or near haiku.

Mom’s dinners are the best
except for eggplant dishes.
Those are terrible.

The food I like best
puts my family to the test
steak, potatoes, all the rest

Chop, chop, chop the greens
work, work, work to make us lean
This not that is obscene.

Haikus are boring
Haikus can be terrible

One girl with four boys
Why’d she feed them beans again
bam, toot, blast, ka boom.

ended slavery for some
I still do dishes.

It’s National Poetry Month. Share Poetry!

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  1. Yum!!!
    And yes, I’d take haiku over harlem shake. Any given time.

    • In reality, me too. Although I do have one little shaker who would’ve been happier doing the dance.

  2. Tammy, you are such a great mom! Thank you for sharing these poems with us. Aub and I are laughing over the beans one!!! πŸ™‚

  3. Up at dawn reading
    Tammy’s family haiku –
    I laugh out loud!

  4. Bob Whittemore

     /  April 19, 2013

    Now if you offered the Alabama Shakes, it might have been a different evening.

  5. Lol–and my kids feel the same way about eggplant, though the latest Eggplant Parmesan has started to make some headway πŸ˜‰

  6. Nice πŸ™‚

    Sharing it on my FB page.
    Tammy, I’m taking this idea and running with it for my kids–though they’d probably choose to dance . . .

  8. Meg

     /  April 19, 2013

    What a wonderful idea! I think that I will sharpen my pencil now, too!

    • Terrific! I hope that it inspired you to write a phrase or a verse and if it is in celebration of food – all the better!

  9. Hahahaha! How much do I love that choice? The eggplant one? Priceless.
    I do love a good haiku — so elegant, and yet so easy to write.

  10. Lisa H

     /  April 19, 2013

    Inspired by blogs
    Kids staring at their full plate
    Is this our dinner?

  11. Oh no, kale again?
    Must we consume turnip greens?
    Plant-based diet blues.

    Hopi Black Pinto,
    New Mexico Bolitas,
    Cumin, tomatoes.

    Stinging in and out,
    Jalapenos bite back hard,
    And yet I need more.

  12. What a FUN idea!
    I agree ~ eggplant dishes
    are terrible stuff. πŸ˜†

  13. Sally

     /  April 19, 2013

    Amazing and fun. I love the one you wrote about the beans. All are delightful. Wish I had been there. I can just hear the conversations!
    Chop chop chop, could have been BH?

  14. Great haiku! You should check out Trevor at Sis.Boom.Blog! He does similar haiku about food.

  15. I love the look of the pasta. That’s an interesting exercise and I love how your kids all got involved. Not sure mine would have the same enthusiasm xx

    • Not sure I would use the word enthusiasm to describe my kids’ participating! The pasta has yellow squash, cherry tomatoes and spinach with spice – love the simplicity.

  16. Next dish Tammy
    Brinjal and beans
    Poor boys!

  17. My spouse and I laughed so hard at the eggplant one. πŸ™‚

  18. Awesome. If it weren’t Sunday morning, I might write a haiku. Instead I’ll just laugh and say refrigerator.

  19. Mine was the one that says Abolitionists, Ended slavery for some, I still do dishes. I’d rather not do dishes 😦 hahah

  20. Your refrigerator one made me laugh out loud, Tammy πŸ˜€

  21. These are wonderful. Thank you. I’m still smiling at the effects of the beans.

  22. When on a grill,
    An eggplant meets thyme, rosemary
    And a few drops of olive oil,
    Mediterranean vacation are not far πŸ˜‰

  23. Ah, you just made me smile soooo hard! I love the snapshot of your parenting. So fun!

    Annie at Biocadence

  24. tiffany

     /  April 22, 2013

    I have made a resolution to laugh daily and this had me in tears from chuckling… Ironically I start my writing class this week and now know where my focus will be. Thank you for sharing the love of writing!

  25. What a good and fun idea. πŸ™‚ IΒ΄m sure the children will remember this with a smile.

  26. High five for haiku! You make me want to do another haiku chocolate review post πŸ˜›

  27. I like the one ending in “refrigerator.” Congratulate the young lad responsible for that one!

  28. Though I love it now,
    the eggplant one made me laugh.
    What a fun project!

  29. Those were funny! So much humor and wisdom packed into a few well-chosen words.

    • definitely reflective of the personalities that scrawled them. do you haiku?

  30. Nice posting over here
    Lyrical inspiration
    Lovely pic


  31. Oh my gosh, love this idea! Have to remember it for when Jake is bigger!


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