The haiku contest is inspired by the Countess and I watching this video of Robin Palley, who the Countess worked with at newspapers in Philadelphia. Robin went on to be one of the early participants in WebMD during the late 1990s. She is currently quite active in the haiku movement.
The venue for this video is the edge of Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, New Jersey. Back in the day, Camden was a prestigious location for rich people to be buried. Some of the Countess’s ancestors are buried there. Most relevant to the video is the fact that renowned poet Walt Whitman is buried there as well as haiku author Nick Virgilio
If you aren’t familiar with haikus, they are a poetry form from ancient Japan. In proper form, a haiku has three lines, with the middle line being longer than the first and third – typically 5-7-5 syllables. Somewhere, usually at the end of a line, there is a “cutting word” that connects two different mental images.
Late Night Radio
“Caller, what is your question?”
Larry King falls asleep
She loves you yeah yeah
The secret truth – John is dead
Girls weep silently
The needle vibrates
Fourty five times per minute
The record breaks hearts
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