In honor of National Poetry Day, we’re going to touch upon a subject we know best—tweeting! But not just any tweeting—tweeting in poetry, or in other words: twaiku.
Yes, friends, twaiku (a haiku posted on Twitter with a limit of 140 characters per entry) is a thing. Like a haiku, a twaiku is meant to tell a story or to get a message across—however, most of them would not meet the traditional definitions of haiku because they usually miss kidai or kigo, a reference to the season in which the haiku is set.
For this reason, people usually only follow the 17 syllables rule. What’s so great about this is that you don’t have to worry about rhyme, meter, or alliteration, and the subject matter can be humorous or satirical—whatever you want it to be.
For example: Ran out of good books / Must be time to hit BookVibe / Best choice ever made
In fact, a host of notable tweeters have employed twaiku. Here are a few gems that have been extracted over the years:
Sun Microsystems’ former CEO Jonathan Schwartz resigned with a twaiku:
Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg joined in on the fun:
A Twitter haiku / A tiny Internet thought / That people enjoy.
Voice actress Laura Silverman came up with this winner in regards to Glenn Beck’s controversial “social justice” statements:
Another came from comic Jessica Delfino:
So get clacking on that keyboard, hammer out some creative tweets and share some with BookVibe!