Monday, April 03, 2006

Your Daily Dose of Diversion

A hungry lion was roaming through the jungle looking for something to eat. He came across two men. One was sitting under a tree reading a book; the other was typing away on his typewriter. The lion quickly pounced on the man reading the book and devoured him. Even the king of the jungle knows that readers digest, and writer's cramp.


Like Kath, I'm having a hard time focusing on anything but the insides of my eyelids this morning, but I did stumble upon a site you might enjoy visiting: The Presurfer - Your Daily Dose of Diversion. Here, I learned about another site: Choka On It.
Choka is a form of Japanese long poetry pre-dating, but related to, haiku. You can think of it as haiku's super-fun great-great-grandfather. As with haiku, the lines of a choka should not rhyme but should follow a syllabic pattern, namely 5-7-5, 7-5, 7-5, 7-5...7-7.

With your help, Choka On It is out to write the longest choka in the history of the universe. On the choka main page, you can add to the poem by typing two lines: one seven syllables, and one five syllables.
Check it out; they already have nearly 2400 couplets online. I know some of you are not great fans of poetry (harlot!), but this is painless, I promise, and it might get your creative juices flowing if they're stalled on this bleary eyed day.

As for Kath and I, we'll be back tomorrow with something more substantial than moaning. Time for a second cuppa tea...


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