Haiku – "Noise" & "Stag"

This is my contribution for Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge – a three-part haiku flash fiction.

Note – in the UK, we refer to the bridegroom’s pre-wedding “celebrations” as a stag night/ party/ weekend/ do. The groom is called the stag.

My stag weekend took place in Brighton, on the same weekend as Gay Pride. I wasn’t the only naked man on the beach at the end of that night, but I was the only one who was solo… (My friends had ritually de-bagged me and thrown me in the sea. I had to beg for them to at least leave my shoes – those pebbles were rough!) Happy days…

Anyway, for the avoidance of all doubt, this is entirely fictional.

Raucous stag party
Celebrates male bonding
Most unpleasantly

Stag wakes in hotel.
Sick with shame, reeking of her.
Slightest noise resounds

Wedding day tears.
Apologies are white noise
For stag night mistakes

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #63 Stag&Noise


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Author: Al Lane

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23 thoughts on “Haiku – "Noise" & "Stag"”

  1. Those parties occur here in the States as well… Back in the day they were referred to as “stag parties” therefore I nearly went the same route as you for this challenge. However, not having such an experience (my bachelorette party was immensely tame) I opted for something else.

  2. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Canada where we share British terminologies and spelling, but the term “stag” (weekend/night/party) was not foreign. ๐Ÿ™‚ I really don’t understand the whole hazing aspect of those parties though.

    Good poem! And glad it wasn’t your story…LOL!

    1. I don’t understand the ritual humiliation that seems part and parcel of the stag “experience” here either. Luckily I think my friends are mostly married (or unlikely to wed), so my stagging days are done!

    1. There are some readers of my blog who know me, so I needed to make really really clear that this is not based on fact! It actually started with the wedding verse in my head, but I wanted to take it back and show the “whole” story, in haiku form

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