Haikus are poems With really specific rules. They drive me insane.
I majored in English at university (if you missed that about me). During one of my poetry classes, we were required to write a sonnet. I wrote an entire 14-line poem, in iambic pentameter, with an ABAB CDCD EFEF GG rhyme scheme, about how much I hated writing sonnets.
Well, the countdown calendar I’ve had for many years now looks like this:
Yes, I'm a Disneyphile, what of it?
…so it must be time for the iconic Christmas poem! Not that it matters when you can’t see me (I did think of doing a video, but there were technical difficulties with the fireplace), but I’ll be reading from this edition, bought on a whim a few years ago when I realized I didn’t own a copy of Clement C. Moore’s poem. It’s gorgeous:
…which inspired me to embark upon a similar project. Since Wombat has the musical side covered (do follow his tweets or boos for more!), I thought I’d do a series of holiday-themed readings (English degree, remember?). There will be some poetry, some excerpts from classic stories, perhaps even a couple “multi-episode” readings for the really special stories. If you have any requests or suggestions, please share! Try to stick to public domain material, so I don’t have to worry about copyright (a couple of exceptions will be made, that I think will be covered under Fair Use).
Without further ado, we begin with a poem near and dear to my family, what with my brother-in-law being a U.S. Marine up until his retirement six months ago: