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Brain Haiku – too late for competition, dammit

Too late to enter, I read the brief for a haiku competition, to be written about the brain. Sat and threw together more than the required one or two, went to the Submissions page, decided before proceeding to read the “rules”, and found it had closed on the 14th (give or take a few).

SO annoyed. Why had the page not been updated? The “rules” were buried behind a link at the foot of the page – you know, down there below the guts of it, where hardly anyone ever looks.

Anyway, not wanting to waste all that hard work (nah, quick and dirty, really) … here they are.

The problem with society today is … nobody drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore. (source unknown)

Memory and links,
internal data storage –
my real computer.        *

Synapses firing –
data stored in my brain,
secure in my skull.


Knowledge turns into
information – bits, bytes in
read-write memory.     *


From deep in my brain
unrequested memories
enter my day dreams.

imagination freed from
external constraints.     *

In my skull, my brain’s
internal data storage –
read-write memory.

Reading memory –
information data lines
recall stored data        *

The asterisk? These haiku wouldn’t have made any progress through the competition. You can tell me why, yeh?


Volcano Storm – in Haiku & Sijo

 Eruption of Chilean volcano, 1992
This was the photo which posed a challenge for the group

Volcano Storm




Snatch and grab. Go, run!
Chaitén’s angry – ash clouds spark
with lightning fury.




Grey ash plumes gather in clouds
above the waking volcano.
Lightning flashes blast, warn the village
what’s building in the dome.
Evacuation three days before
                Chaitén explodes.


Map of Chaiten areaBottled up for thousands of years (its last previous eruption was in 7420 BC ± 75 years [1]), Chaitén under pressure began to make the way to release her power on May 2nd 2008. On that day, ash billowed forth, lightning flashed and cracked, creating a thundercloud effect that terrorised the hillside villagers, who evacuated May 3rd. The ash clouds continued for days, until Chaitén finally blew and spewed her lava.
On May 6, 2008 the force of eruption increased significantly, producing pyroclastic flows and possibly some lava explosions, and raising the eruption column to a height of perhaps 30,000 metres (98,000 ft)

[1] Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chait%C3%A9n_(volcano)

© Lynne McAnulty-Street, Rotorua NZ, 2012
Photographer:   Carlos Gutierrez, 2008
Written for Creative ‘Riters Corner