Hear ye, hear ye: The Ironic Catholic announces today a new challenge for those seeking to embrace humor as their second greatest strength: Ironic Catholic Haiku.
Years ago, when I first read the Salon contest results--create a haiku encapsulating an error message on a PC--I knew the power of haiku and laughing. My favorite:
Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
-- Peter Rothman
Anyone who can make me smile at the blue screen of death clearly knew the power of humor. This is the kind of gentle humor we need on the net today.
For those of you who have forgotten the subtle joys of 7th grade English class, a haiku is basically a short poem in 5-7-5. The numbers stand for metrical feet or syllables. Really, read a few and you'll get it. No, it doesn't have to rhyme. Entries will be accepted until Friday, June 12th, 11:59pm CDT. They will be judged by moi, I.C., with all the attention to detail and seriousness you expect from this page. Winners will get the everlasting satisfaction of seeing their poems on this website and a middlin' cool button for you and the finalists.
Just remember--Something to do with Catholic Christianity--Humor--'5-7-5'--no attacking people--and keep it clean (of course!). If the Beat generation could do it, we clean-living-God-fearing folk can too. Um, avoid the drugs. You can submit entries, as many as your want, via this comments box or my email at ironiccatholic at yahoo dot com. Please include your email address.
Samples below (And I hope yours are better!). Have fun and good luck.--I.C.
(And more Haiku here.)
Subtle, elegant, and terse
I'm very hungry
Will the Eucharist end soon?
Alas, it's Prayer Four
I pray in the night
Like a Trappist, chanting nones
Till mate jabs my ribs