All the world has a haiku
One of my mutant abilities is to detect potential song lyrics or poems, and to crank out halfway-decent poems at a moment's notice.
A co-worker sent this notice around:
The toaster in the kitchen has sadly toasted its last piece of toast. I found its cord melted into a distinctly flat shape, which lead me to believe that it may fallen victim to the sandwich press. I had pressed a delicious sandwich of my own seconds before I discovered the damage and the now-flattened cord was still hot at the time. So there is a very slight possibility that it was me who wrecked the toaster. I will go down and see if I can get another one at lunch and we will hopefully be equipped for toasting by 1:15.
I will also try to reposition things so that stray cords don’t end up in the sandwich press again. Apologies for any inconvenience.
I detected in the above, a haiku:
The toaster in the
kitchen has sadly toasted
its last piece of toast.
I particularly like that the meaning of "sadly" is ambiguous: does it mean that it is too bad that this was the last piece of toast? Or was the toaster aware this this was its final piece of toast -- and was sad about it, as it was toasting?
I e-mailed my haiku to my co-worker, who e-mailed back that he'd had to Google what a "haiku" was.
I replied that maybe it's a Seattle thing -- lots of Japanese-Americans; we did a lot of haikus during poetry units during school.
I also sent him this:
See Peter Smithers
He Googles what “haiku” means: