Tall-Tale Creature Haiku

A few months ago one of the site-related projects I was working on was revising the Tall-Tale Creature Gallery. Before I got totally sidetracked by having to focus on my next book, I managed to add quite a few new creatures to it. I also added a feature allowing people to post haiku about the creatures, thus returning to the theme of hoax haiku first seen here two years ago.

I didn't expect to get many haiku contributions. After all, I hadn't told anyone that I had updated the gallery, and it usually only gets a few visitors. But to my surprise people have found it and have been posting haiku. So I wanted to give a heads up about it here on the front page in case anyone else feels like trying their hand at poetry. Here are a few examples of contributions so far:

The Tree Squeak
Tree hugging tree squeek
why do you squeek so loudly
hush I cannot think.

The Haggis
Shy, furry haggis
lover of the highland glens
stay safe in your den

Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
Eight armed octopus
Swinging through the trees above
what on earth was that?

Eventually I want to integrate hoax haiku throughout more of the galleries, but that will have to wait until I have more time. Though I definitely plan to add it as a feature to the Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes before next April 1, so if anyone wants to start posting haiku in the comments there, feel free to do so. A few of the hoaxes in the 'Hoaxes Throughout History' Gallery also have haiku in the sidebar: The Shroud of Turin, Pope Joan, The Feejee Mermaid, Cardiff Giant, Piltdown Man, Cottingley Fairies, Loch Ness Monster, War of the Worlds, and Bigfoot.

Folklore/Tall Tales Literature/Language Miscellaneous

Posted on Sun Nov 05, 2006


Florida Swamp Ape
Cousin to gentle Bigfoot
Be my smelly friend
Posted by Terran  on  Tue Nov 07, 2006  at  06:59 AM
Abbagoochie days
Terrifying the neighbors
dryland piranha
Posted by Blood For Nothing  in  Somewhere in the Arctic  on  Tue Nov 07, 2006  at  03:26 PM

Sleek beast of the plains
Shimmy that antenna head
Transmit radar love
Posted by Terran  on  Tue Nov 07, 2006  at  03:55 PM
the chupacabra
sucks the goat's blood from the corpse
like drinking liquor
Posted by RAMChYLD  on  Tue Nov 07, 2006  at  08:44 PM
Hello, Frank Capra,
Meet my pet chupacabra,
Posted by Big Gary  on  Wed Nov 08, 2006  at  04:28 PM
foolish Llamma-Wrangler...priest and protector...give up your ancient arguement and join us
Posted by Raoul  on  Fri Nov 10, 2006  at  08:03 PM
snowman roadkill: We can make
Yeti spaghetti.
Posted by Big Gary  on  Tue Nov 14, 2006  at  12:07 PM
Look, the Piltdown Man
is hunting brontosauri
with the Missing Link.
Posted by big Gary  on  Tue Nov 14, 2006  at  04:29 PM
Sasquatch invited
Bigfoot to lunch, but, alas:
"No shoes, no service."
Posted by Big Gary  on  Tue Nov 14, 2006  at  04:32 PM
All fur-bearing trout
Have big lavish weddings, but
Jackalopes elope.
Posted by Big Gary  on  Tue Nov 14, 2006  at  08:12 PM
Thank you for adding these alex.
Posted by J  on  Wed Nov 15, 2006  at  11:38 AM
"Why are you sneezing?"
"A snouter jumped up my nose,
and it won't come out."
Posted by Big Gary  on  Wed Nov 15, 2006  at  08:29 PM
Skinned fur-bearing trout
Makes a nice waterproof coat
Smells real fishy though
Posted by Terran  on  Thu Nov 16, 2006  at  09:24 AM
Drop Bear

Rustling leaves - wind? birds?
Fear not the eucalyptus
But what hides within
Posted by Terran  on  Thu Nov 16, 2006  at  09:34 AM
Ill take a moment to list more haiku.

Driving down the road
What is that strange bright green light?
A glowing green deer!

Lift manhole cover
Peer into the sewer depths
Snapping jaws below.

A fibreglass bull
Ends up on a school's rooftop
How did it get there?
Posted by J  on  Mon Nov 20, 2006  at  12:54 PM
Puerto rican night
Look at bloodless chicken corpse
Chupacabra runs
Posted by J  on  Mon Nov 20, 2006  at  02:06 PM
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