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Roomba Haiku: Ode to Old Batteries

For the last three years I have had two pets. No, not a cat, dog, bird, nor a rat or anything of the kind. My pets have been two of iRobot’s Roomba robot vacuums. These creatures are wonderful, and help me keep my floors and carpets clean of all that I drag into my home.

The Roombas are spinning discs that travel the floor hunting for the debris their human master leaves for them. Through thick vegetation and glassy basins the Roombas whirl about creeping under couches, slithering under beds, spinning around chair legs all while devouring the little bits and pieces they can find to satisfy their hunger. That is until today.

It seems that the batteries for my two Roombas have charged and recharged all that they can handle. No more do my Roombas sound their joyful song as they begin to clean. One only hears the sorrowful four-note call that their heart is low on energy and the Roombas can no longer go about hunting for carpet food. So, i wrote a new Haiku of these circular creatures that live in my home.

Evening comes slowly

My Roombas dance no longer

Hearts are dead

Soon these small creatures will again chase, whirl, and shout their call to eat. Life replenishment is on its way to aid the Roombas so that they, much like the spiders of the dark, can eat the small bugs that roust about.

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Horn Haiku

I have been reading about the Japanese poetry form called Haiku. Haiku is a curious form of poetry with a few involved “rules” for writing a proper Haiku. A Haiku consists of 17 moras or more simply 17 syllables. These 17 moras are contained within three metric phrases of 5, 7, and 5 moras respectively. In Japanese, Haikus are written vertically while in English Haikus are written in three lines showing the three metrical phrases.

With that, I have put down my first attempt at a Haiku in the English style.

the forest Horn sounds

but the ear is not hearing

covered with hands

I found it soothing, albeit interesting in creating this Haiku. Maybe there will be more in the future. The point of anything is learning something new each and every day, as one should never stop learning. Colleges, universities, music conservatories, and other institutions are not the only place one can learn. As I always tells my students, “I can serve you cereal, toast, and eggs for breakfast, soup and sandwiches for lunch, salad and Chicken Balsamic for dinner, but only you can decide whether to eat or not”. So choose your meal and relish the taste of new learning.

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