No, of course, he didn't, but there is yet another crazy internet site, Hiddenhaiku.com, which creates fake haiku--this one takes sentences from the works of famous writers, like Kipling, and divides them into three lines of 5-7-5 syllables. Here's an example of a Dickens "haiku" from A Christmas Carol:
It was clothed in oneAnd another from Lewis Carroll (can you guess the source?):
simple green robe, or mantle,
bordered with white fur.
It's the stupidestAnd a third from Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson:
tea-party I ever was
at in all my life!
And then, all of aAlways one to look on the bright side of things, even things that annoy the hell out of me, I decided to make some use of these fake haiku. For instance, the one from Dickens, I used as a prompt that resulted in:
sudden, a shrill voice broke forth
out of the darkness
october snow--Carroll's morphed into:
the white cat not white
the three-year-oldAnd Stevenson's I re-imagined as:
offers a bottle cap cup...
mud puddle tea
the dream endsHey, they ain't great, but I think it's safe to say they're closer to haiku than the originals!
with a shrieking jay
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And by the way, the book I tucked under Kipling's arm is Jane Reichhold's Writing and Enjoying Haiku: A Hands-On Guide (Kodansha, 2003).