April is National Poetry Month so I’m getting in on the act by NOT composing my own poor excuse for poetry (see Bad Oscar Haiku post), but by celebrating some ingenious young folks (from NJ!) who are taking it to the streets with Guerrilla Haiku. Basically a scavenger hunt where the participants leave haiku behind. In some cases the goal is to get others to participate in the process, and that’s the really cool part. Can you imagine the person who would say, “No. Your three lines of poetry are just an intrusion on my busy schedule?” (although if you check out the link below to Eunice Lee’s article you will find the lead-off comment is from a man who feels these poems are really graffiti, even though they are made with sidewalk chalk.)
The back story/link to Newark Star Ledger article here.
This exercise also brings to mind other crowd- sourced works like postsecret.com or the more personal note-leaving in hotel bibles or library books. Inspiration is everywhere and we all have a playful creativity inside us that sometimes needs a little coaxing. So if a stranger comes up to you, and asks if you can spare a couple of syllables, reach into your Broca’s area and pull out a few you’ve been saving for just such an occasion.