Tuesday August 19th, 2014

The exercise:

This week's installment of Two Haiku Tuesday brings with it the topic of: adaptation.

I had just finished selecting the prompt when Max gave me a pretty good scare. He had been asleep in our room for a couple of hours and Kat was getting ready for bed in the guest room across the hall. Suddenly I look up and see Max walking into the guest room, having made absolutely no noise in the process.

I'm not sure I can properly convey how seeing a toddler-sized creature silently approaching my wife, while Greg's recent prose is swirling around my subconscious, in our darkened home feels. But I'll do my best by saying that it was, however briefly, bloody terrifying.

In other news: one more box day in the books. Went pretty smoothly, thanks in large part to my parents keeping Max busy so that Kat could join me in the garden this morning.

Next Tuesday could be a little more challenging without them around.


He will change his ways
for just a few days; must get
more grandparent hugs

*     *     *

I walk on two feet,
though my Daddy still has gills;
change can come quickly


Greg said...

I'm delighted to hear that Max is reading my stories and treating them as a how-to guide for life :) I think you should be very proud of him! That does sound like it might have been a little bit disturbing though, and I am glad it was just Max and nothing else.
I think I prefer your second haiku today, though it's pretty tough to choose between the two. The image of the gills is quite cool (and a very nifty take on the prompt)!

This man lives on Mars:
He has thick skin, brittle bones...
And thirteen noses.

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Marc said...

Greg - hmm, perhaps I should wait a while longer before letting him read you works...

Love the image your first haiku conveys. I suspect this fellow has a few interesting stories to tell.