What is a lifeku?

A lifeku is a haiku about daily life. For those who are unfamiliar with haiku, it is a form of Japanese poetry usually about nature, "profound," and formatted in 3 lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables. Feel free to check out some famous haikus if you still don't get it.

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Friday, November 21

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I've always had an issue with personal space... even more so since I've been living in Europe. The French have no concept whatsoever when it comes to personal space in lines, stores, or trains and are perfectly content to thrust their bodies up against you in the hopes of somehow speeding up the process of whatever it is you're doing. It is possible to avoid this up close and personal contact by be increasing body position creativity; for example, if you stand sideways in a line with one foot jutting out, the person behind you can't realistically go past your foot without looking like they're trying to bump n' grind. Unfortunately, this technique doesn't ever work for the dreaded close talker. You know, the one who leans forward a little more every time you lean back so that you are forced to bend your body like one of those Japanese contortionists at Cirque de Soleil?

You there in my face
No one likes a close talker
You need a breath mint

9 Comments:

julia said...

it's so true,and we never talk about these people

The Gerald said...

Or a stick of Watermelon Twist Trident with Xylitol...

The Gerald said...

Neverending scarf
Where the hell did I find u?
They're big in cuba.

Daughter said...

A) You always chew the grossest gum
B) Are we back on Cuba, B?
C) Have you started wearing man-scarves?
D) Nice lifeku

The Gerald said...

A) Xylitol may help to stave off cancer, and Watermelon Twist Trident is so juicy and delicious.
B) You got a problem with Cuba, Flameface?
C) No, but ask Maureen about "The Infinity Scarf", only she can pull it off...I think.
D) Thank you.

Daughter said...

Do you have a source for that "Xylitol 'staves' off cancer" comment?

Note: Your underpants don't count.
Double note: "Staves" is either:

a) the plural of staff, as in more than one

or when used in the singular sense:

b) a curved wooden member which is used with others to form the side of a barrel

Naoko said...

This is so true. And I don't get why people don't even apologize for stepping on other people's feet and stuff like that. They're sooo damn rude at times.

I love your Haikus!
I've never really read some good Haikus before, but you sooo made me fall in love with them!

Btw, where are you originally from?
The States?

Bisous

Daughter said...

I grew up outside of DC and went to college in NY before moving to Paris, where I have been Frenching it up for the last 5 years...

Naoko said...

Awesome! So how's it like living in Paris? Tell me more...I've never been there before.