March 18, 2011

The Law In Haiku

Fun for a Friday: Supreme Court Haiku, a blog devoted to, well, the high court's pronouncements transformed into that elegant poetic form,  the 17 syllable poem called the haiku. But other haiku include those devoted to the Bill of Rights (the Ninth Amendment: Enumeration/Not construed to disparage/Rights people retain/), sitting and past Justices, those devoted to cases, and other blogs (with haiku describing them).

When the blogger, Keith Jaasma, responds to people who ask why he writes haiku by saying,

Some ask: Why haiku?
Why seventeen syllables?
No time for real blog

I would note that writing a good haiku can take as much time as (or more than) writing a good blog post.

On his disclaimer page Mr. Jaasma adds,

As should be quite clear
Haikus aren't legal advice
Consult a lawyer

Supreme Court Haiku
Not affiliated with
Real Supreme Court (duh)

Haiku has many, many rules to follow; the rules in Japanese are different from those in English. This article from the Times of India notes that many Japanese are finding solace from the recent earthquake and tsunami and continuing devastation by writing haiku to express their pain. For more about haiku, follow this link to the webpages of the Haiku Society of America.

Thanks to Gordon Firemark for the tweet.

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