Friday Haiku: Leaf Me Alone!

Reclusive rodent
Sits shyly in summer shade
Her haiku heaven


Lovely “Poupette” courtesy



  1. Anothergirl says:

    Summer in the shade
    Green leaf is my companion
    Peaceful Friday fun

  2. katiedid says:

    Green palace of shade
    Solitude is what I want
    You leaf me alone

  3. Shy, little rodent
    Hiding ‘neath a big green leaf
    Cats can’t get me here

  4. Leafy greens leafy
    Cute nosicle all a twitch
    Nom nom nom nom nom

  5. Please don’t rake the lawn!
    Homes are very hard to find
    In this neighborhood

  6. Cambridge_Rat_Mom says:

    Sweetest rodent face
    Safely ensconced in green shade
    Time for a short nap

  7. Mousie My Mouse
    Cuddled in her green leaf
    Daydreaming of cheese

  8. FriendOfPets says:

    lets play in my fort
    tell me what is the password?
    “No kittehs allowed”

  9. metsakins says:

    Damn Cute Overload
    Making me be creative
    I’m so bad at this.

  10. Paunchie says:

    Hi Rattie! Wow that
    Is some green hide out ya got
    tickle tickle HEE!

    Someone take off that awful thing about the chihuahua with the fork in his head! Eeeks.

  11. “Her haiku heaven” is 6 syllables, not 5


    [Um, we say “Haiku” with two syllables. Just like it’s not “He-a-ven” either – Ed.]

  12. Secret hiding place
    Life is good in my green den
    The world passes by

  13. Good camouflage, rat.
    I almost didn’t see you there
    except for the nose

  14. Mauderules says:

    Leaf’s oval peephole
    Frames bewhiskered muzzlepouch
    Cuteness reigns supreme

  15. Beleaf it or not,
    I can’t beleaf it’s Friday.
    Yay what a releaf!

    Leaf it to Rodent?
    Is this the new spin-off of
    Leaf it to Beaver?

  16. Cool oak leaf shelter:
    Nom-able gingerbread house
    For rat omnivores

  17. You think me cute, yes?
    Coquettish eyes a-twinkle
    I bit your hamster

  18. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    Steven’s post got me curious, so I checked and, both of which show “haiku” as having two syllables:

  19. Lula Mae says:

    Dees posh leaf club
    ees only for dee famous!
    You not on da leest!

  20. Courtney S. says:

    C.O. loves nosicles, it’s true
    Be it rodent or puppeh or gnu
    I promise next week I’ll try, hey,
    I know it’s not “Limerick Friday,”
    But I really do suck at haiku.

    [Bummer that this is >140 characters, which means I can’t fit it all into a Tweet. Oh well, WIN anyway. 😀 – Ed.]

  21. “Haiku” does have three
    Syllables in Japanese,
    Which has no diphthongs.

    [See, here’s the thing, though
    [Not That Mike The Other Mike
    [Isn’t Japanese – Ed.]

  22. Pixy – do you speak Japanese, out of curiosity? I do (well – kind of – chotto masu) and technically its two syllables, given pronunciation – not the spelling. I thought that “Hai” in Haiku is one sound, not two….as opposed to saying “Hai” as in “yes” – then it has a very subtle two syllable pronunciation….but I dunno – maybe I’ve been saying it wrong all these years…?

  23. They told me it was a fig leaf,
    Use it to cover your parts,
    But when I got it over my head,
    I decided to use it as a house instead!

    (Not haiku, but my weak attempt at serenading Da Maus)

  24. violetgreen says:

    a giant fig leaf
    modest mouse’s cabana
    before a cool dip

  25. In hiragana,
    Either would be written as
    Ha-i – no “ai” sound.

    Having said all that,
    I’ve heard “hai” spoken both ways
    (To my western ears).

    (Oh, and no, I can’t
    Speak a word of Japanese –
    Just watch anime.)

  26. True, Ed; my haiku
    Would not scan in Japanese.
    “Haiku” two? Or three?

    And in Japanese,
    “Mike” would have two syllables!
    Which breaks everything…

  27. we’re ‘merikans, we speak ‘merikanese so haiku is two syllables.


  28. Argyle Donkeypants says:

    The middle line of
    The sample haiku can be
    Tricky to say right.

  29. Sweet little mousie,
    Your elegant green housie,
    Cools you in Summer.

  30. Sweet pink nosicle
    relaxing and eating leaf
    You had me at “nom”

  31. Or if you’re a rat,
    A vegetational hat –
    What’s cooler than that?

  32. all kidding aside, couldn’t find a viable website on how many syllables the word “haiku” has. But interesting discussion, b/c Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry, if the Japanese pronounce with 3 syllables, wouldn’t it make sense for it to have 3 syllables in English?
    For me, its along the line of people who try pronounce spanish words, without even trying to say it correctly. For instance “Punta Gorda” is pronounced Poontah Gorrrdah. Not Puntah, Gordah. Makes me cringe.

  33. OK – pixy I see what you mean. You are right it is spelled in hiragana in three parts: Ha-i-ku. Therefore if the poem is written in Japanese – then it counts for three syllables/onji. In english, it doesn’t. Good show.

  34. There once was a mouse
    With a leaf for a house
    And a little pink nub for a nose.

    She could have used bricks,
    Or straw – even sticks
    But foliage is what she chose.

  35. Taking a break from
    Playing in the summer sun
    Mouse rests under leaf

  36. Leslie (NTA) says:

    ……From the Not a Member of the Haiku Dipthong Commentroversy (but it’s rather intriguing, I gotta admit) Dept:

    Agenda Topic # 1:
    Love the Sesame Street Letter Sponsorship Hovertext added to the whole
    a) Photo
    b) Story behind photo
    Triangle ……or Tripod ….or ….
    well, you get where I’m goin’ w/ this.

    Agenda Topic #2:
    @ KOA — while I’m gen not one of Rodentia fans…..I *LIKE* your adaptation of the film line “You had me at nom” (as one our fearless Ed’s sez — I’ve forgotten which one it is) — *snerk*.

    With all the above noted,
    Carry on !!!

  37. tesstricks says:

    Lost Stanley eats his
    way out and presumes to find
    Dr. Livingstone.

  38. Cool leaf green auto
    glides to a stop at red light
    you have Grey Poupon?

  39. derz:

    One word that always got me when it has been mispronounced is PAELLA.

    I am not Spanish, but I do cook – a lot! I know it is PAELLA: (Pie-ay-ah).

    You cannot imagine what comes out of people’s mouths for this word. Mostly things that sounds like PELLA.

    But back to Da Maus…and his Haus. 🙂

  40. You mean it doesn’t rhyme with “STELLA-A-A-A-A-A!!??” 😉

  41. skippymom says:

    Little mouse says, Wait!
    Not That Mike The Other Mike

    [… but I think I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so. — Mike]

  42. Sits shyly in summer shade
    Ssits shyly in summer shade
    Sits shyly in summer shade (What the heck. Who IS this Argyle Donkeypants?).
    Sits shyly in summer shade
    Argyle Donkeypants Esq wins.

  43. skippymom says:

    Haiku aside for the moment, does everybody fully appreciate the beepability of that little nosicle? The BEF? The big, floppy ear? What is this little cutie, anyway–mouse, rat, or something else?

  44. [beeps a leaf-tip, just to be contrary]

  45. skippymom says:

    (beeps Theo’s nose)

  46. Petite rat was found
    What, on a perfume website?
    Fragrant wee rodent.

  47. Like my new awning?
    It’s from the summer sale at
    Dens, Nests, and Beyond

    (See, I finally remembered to include a season!)

  48. girlfriend spending night
    please give me privacy now;
    you have no manners

  49. DewiCasgwent says:

    Can I put my two penny worth in Sevveral Haiku translators break the syllabuls rule even adding fourth lines in fact in this,,9780140441857,00.html?sym=TAB

    Noboyuki Yuasa

    Translates all of Basho’s with 4 lines.

  50. Mary (the first) says:

    What is this critter?
    Mouse? Gerbil? Hamster? Hedgehog?
    Regardless – tres cute!

  51. skippymom says:

    Mary, I already asked, and nobody will tell us what it is. I think there’s some kind of conspiracy going on!

    [It’s a rat, OK? RAT. It’s a CUTE rat. Cute Fancy Rat with a giant leafy hat. – Ed.]

  52. …or possibly is Siberian Hamster. [/fawltytowers]

  53. skippymom says:

    (whispers: thank you, Ed. didn’t mean to get you all riled up.)

  54. skippymom says:

    “Ever hear of the bubonic plague, Manuel? It was very popular here at one time.”

  55. AuntieMame says:

    But skippymom, he’s domesticated! 😀

  56. AuntieMame says:

    No. Is Siberian hamster!

  57. skippymom says:

    “Man at shop give me special price!”

  58. AuntieMame says:

    (I am POSITIVE that Theo’s FT post was not there earlier when I made my Siberian hamster comment…just so I don’t look like an idiot… 😀 )

    And my favorite line ever:

    You ought to be on Mastermind, Sybil. Next category: The Bleeding Obvious.

  59. darkshines says:

    Please don’t watch me change
    I am not wearing panties
    I’ll be out in five!

  60. skippymom says:

    AuntieMame, did you get the dead pigeons out of the water tank yet?

  61. I believe we have a natural in Pixi Misa! Check out those poems!

  62. @NTMTOM
    re: #11

  63. This one’s a tough-y.
    Haiku do not need to rhyme.
    Rats are in season.

  64. What can be better
    Than a bed that you can eat
    Can you answer that?

    Pastoral rodent
    Framed with exquisite panache
    Makes all of us smile

    You just might think that
    Seasonal references
    Would be easier

  65. Best Basil Fawlty line ever:
    “What did you expect to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically…?”

  66. Kiragirl says:

    “sweeping wildebeest”
    Ah, to be in Africa!
    Excellent journey!

  67. Eerie rodent hides
    Under large leaf nomming, fright!
    Will my face be next?

  68. skippymom says:

    “You call that a bath? That’s not big enough to drown a mouse!”
    (“wish you were a mouse…”)

    Yeah, I was just thinking about Mrs. Richards the other day.

  69. @Skippymom, Didn’t God give you eyes?
    “Yes, but I don’t use them because it wears the batteries out.” 😆

  70. I spy with my eye
    a little rat in hiding
    spying back at me!

  71. skippymom says:

    Theresa, every time I buy toilet paper I ask myself, “Do I want plain ones, or ones with my address on it?”

  72. Little Rat Cottage
    Made of a fig leaf on lawn
    Summer rat palace

  73. AuntieMame says:

    Don’t mind him, he’s from Barcelona.

  74. I don’t understand what the perfum site has to do with the rat? Very cute rat pic though.

    [Someone on behalf of the site sent us the picture. — Mike]

  75. Just don’t mention the war…

  76. ah, sentient being
    all knowing, seeing, nom-ing
    tres’ deliciousness

    mousies cute nosey
    springs forth from summers reward
    i cant wait for fall

    mademoiselle mouse
    you come to zee green casbah
    with me for nom feast?

    those whiskers, pink nose
    i’ve seen them somewhere before
    yes! the post office

    innocent mousie
    harbored safely in cool leaf
    loves philodendron

    acrobat mousie
    upside-down philodendron
    now walk on ceiling

    mouse in the green grass
    two peas in a pod? not now
    lets make summer fun!

    content as always
    lazy mouse enjoys summer
    ‘neath philodendron

    come join me human
    lets snuggle beneath my leaf
    enjoy restful nap

    these mousie haiku
    for my daughter gillian
    -expressions of love

  77. Samantha says:

    Alone behind leaf
    Enjoying some private noms
    Or hiding from cat

  78. Leslie (NTA) says:

    …..ummm….Ed’s: Do I detect any *tension* in your information/ reply to the Conspiracy Theory in the earlier Comments??

    (Sorry — since I’m not a Primary Rodentia Client, it’s taken me quite awhile to browse around, before bothering to wander into the Friday Haiku Item ….)

  79. Leslie (NTA) says:

    and Skippymom– wha’??

    (Exposing STILL MORE nerdy naivete)….the choices re Papier du Toilette?
    Izzat a PopKulcha reference, of which I ain’ go’ NO KLUE?????

  80. Mousie under leaf
    Sniffing the air happily
    A huge leaf indeed.

  81. Mary (the first) says:

    er .. my post at # 50 was merely poetic license.. did not mean to irk “ed.” with my question .. it was not a serious question .. so sorry ….

  82. I wasn’t really irked, people. Geesh.

  83. “EEEvenshwaleeee”- Manuel learns a new English word. My fave.

  84. omg i love rat is that even a rat?

  85. ikaszub haras says:

    Steven, her haiku heaven is five
    each line represents a syllable

  86. omg i love rat is that even a rat?