Haiku – Basketball

This is what happens when I read Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover… I try and write haiku/ three line poems on basketball!

 

The pressure’s intense.
One point down. Clock ticking hard.

The shot’s out of reach…

A feint, spring forward
Dribbling close, taking off…

But the attempt’s flawed.

Hang my head in shame.
Dreams of major leagues shattered.

McDonalds beckons.

 

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Picture credit: flickr.com/photos/dahlstroms/7189993560

Written for:Β http://thesecretkeeper.net/2016/02/22/weekly-word-prompt-25/
Prompt words: REACH | SHOT | INTENSE | FLAW | SPRING

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Author: Al Lane

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58 thoughts on “Haiku – Basketball”

    1. I have, but I like the restriction of the haiku. It feels more of a challenge to get your message across in the fewest words! (Unless you make it into a whole sequence as I have here…)

    1. I have, but I like the restriction of the haiku. It feels more of a challenge to get your message across in the fewest words! (Unless you make it into a whole sequence as I have here…)

          1. There’s a school for every thought! I think a haibun is a greater challenge than haiku alone. You have the challenge of the haiku and then some, by trying to form cohesion and flow with the prose…

            1. I disagree… I have seen them done well, but too often it’s a way around the haiku form, rather than embracing it. A haiku should be self-contained, for me. You don’t see a prose lead-up to a sonnet, so why should a haiku be different? Each to their own, but it’s just not for me πŸ™‚

              1. It probably really doesn’t matter – haiku, haibun, sonnet, tanka or whatever, they are just human constructs for expressing thoughts and emotions. For me personally, the haiku structure helps to narrow the focus in my writing, otherwise it could just be any style and any length and sometimes those options are distractions, and where it is a haibun, the prose makes me really connect with the feeling or subconscious thought behind the haiku, so it’s a personal preference and difficulty/ease probably has nothing to do with it. Anyway, I enjoyed your haiku πŸ™‚

                1. Thank you πŸ™‚

                  Another factor for me, being honest, is time management. I spend so many hours blogging daily that I really have to draw the line somewhere, and hope there’s enough for people to connect with! Glad you did πŸ™‚

  1. Once, years ago, I heard someone say:
    People used to tell me, “You’re as tall as Larry Bird – you should play basketball.”
    “I may be as tall as Larry Bird but I play ball like Big Bird!”

  2. Once, years ago, I heard someone say:
    People used to tell me, “You’re as tall as Larry Bird – you should play basketball.”
    “I may be as tall as Larry Bird but I play ball like Big Bird!”

  3. A fun treat. Humor – Basketball & Haiku. Well, that is original. Good form. The conclusion – a McDonald’s Moment. It’s an obsession. You’re into Basketball – I’m into Film Awards. Each to our own obsessions. Great set of Haiku. Love them all. – jk

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