Some fans from Boston
Have just laid down the gauntlet
A haiku battle
Each game this weekend
We'll post haiku - White and Red
And you'll choose the best
Yesterday we were contacted by a couple of Red Sox fans, challenging us to "dueling haikus" during the series against Boston this weekend.
Here's who we're up against:
Blain Walker has been a Red Sox fan since moving to Massachusetts in the late 1980s. He has studied haiku with a teacher and has been writing Red Sox haiku for several years now.
Jon Harrison is a Massachusetts native who has followed the Sox since 1966. A published writer, he began writing haiku about the Red Sox after beimng inspired by Walker's haiku posted on the Boston Globe's Red Sox blog. Harrison and Walker are currently collaborating on a book of haiku about the current Red Sox season.
Their style is also a bit different than ours, so we're going to cut them some slack - especially because we've never "studied haiku with a teacher" or been a "published writer." Here's what Jon told me about their rules for haiku writing:
We do not adhere to exactly 17 syllables for each haiku, but take 17 as a maximum, with a maximum of 7 syllables in any one line. As I'm sure you know, the English-language school of haiku has trended toward more flexibility, with 10-15 syllables per haiku being favored by many writers currently.
We'll figure out how to include a poll so that readers can vote on the best haiku for each game. Although Jon already started making excuses by telling me, "obviously Chicago folks will vote lopsidedly in your favor" he will be mentioning the battle in the Boston Globe Red Sox message board. So it might be a fairer "fight" than Jon suspects.
Come back tonight after the game and chime in by voting and adding your comments.