Some Haiku

I really like writing (and of course reading) haiku. The best have a mental incongruity that takes you by surprise and makes you think, and the brevity required is a fun challenge. I just ran across some that I’d written and archived and thought I’d share.

Written for the Northrop Grumman Lunar Landing Challenge during Armadillo Aerospace‘s final (successful) attempt:

Armadillo flies
John pounds keys furiously
Concrete Pad melted

A thousand miles?
Just fifty meters today,
mach diamonds alight

Go for the million!
A nail-biting three minutes
and then back again

And here’s a few I wrote a few years ago in response to an email my mom sent me.  The hummingbird reference is that she always had hummingbirds around her house and used to live near Ocean City MD (she’s since moved):

The band plays this week.
Somewhere in my harried mind,
a hummingbird flits.

It’s now 10 A M
Another document rev
demands attention.

I stare at my white
 mindless machine, keyboarding.
 The beach calls my name.

(this last is one of my favorites)

Anyhow, hope you enjoyed, I’m still working on writing up a post about the STS-135 launch Tweetup – yes I know, it was 6 weeks ago…

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About VAXHeadroom

Among other things I was the Lead C&DH Flight Software Engineer on LCROSS. My LCROSS photo blog on Facebook can be accessed at I run a recording studio and publishing company and tweet as @VAXHeadroom. I'm also a public speaker on space, physics, technology and stage performance. I love talking to kids from K to college, drop me an email if interested in having me come speak!
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One Response to Some Haiku

  1. Today, I went to the beach front with my children.

    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.

    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off
    topic but I had to tell someone!

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