18 thoughts on “Tellin’ It Like It Is

  1. Polona — in this case, Jake’s teacher was Mr. K. Jake finished this baby in study hall.

    Brig — knowing that Jake is always at the center of trouble does add a certain “air” to this poem.

  2. Yeah, I was wondering that too. I looked it up briefly, and the places I read say a renku is collaborative. I’m not familiar with it, so please do tell us the differences between the two. πŸ™‚

  3. Good Job! It seems he knows he is a troubled person at times. I am sure he has his good moments also.

  4. Dr. John — doesn’t it, though?

    Mumma — both haiku and renku traditionally have the 5 syllable, 7 syllable, 5 syllable construction — though anymore few people adhere to it. According to my teaching manual, haiku are about seasons. Renku are about the human condition. However, there are a plethoria of websites online that will tell you a bajillion other things.

    Brig — I found a couple of sites that said renku were composed by partners or teams. I find a couple of sites who listed renku with but one author.

    Angela — I’m sure he’s angelic when he’s sleeping ….

  5. I’m doing my best

    So we all say. How’s his spelling? You sure it wasn’t meant to be beast?

    I could complain about the collapse of form in writing, and the ascent to world dictatorship of Humpty Dumpty (“a word means exactly what I say it means” yadayadayada). But if the haiku et al. masters in Japan can’t agree on what the blankety-blank the forms are supposed to be, who are we to argue?

    Yes I know. Snarky. Sorry, but it’s too late/early to be otherwise.

  6. Bazza — he is, when he pauses long enough to think.

    OC — I don’t complain, I just stick to the original form and let those unable to count to 7 or confirm to simple boundries go their own ways. I teach the children the traditional way, and leave the rest of the world to corrupt them.

  7. two thumbs up for his understanding of his own restraints. Smart kid.
    I remember myself in school, my feet were constantly moving under teh table, drove teh teachers mad…back then i was just immature, not hyper active πŸ™‚

  8. Dr. John — it was my pleasure! It is my pleasure to participate in your blog everyday!

    Minka — you would have liked my classroom. I have no problem with kids who need to wiggle and move — just don’t bang the chair or the table leg because I don’t handle noise well.

  9. Melli — funny, I’ve been thinking about framing and hanging the kid!

    Cindra — you and Jake are soulmates! (Not!)

    Nessa — ADHD run rampant can really mess with a bright mind.

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