If You’re Haikuing and You Know It

      by Michael Dylan Welch

You’ve been doing haiku wrong all along.
You’ve been doing haiku wrong all along.
        If they’re five-seven-fives
        They will surely give me hives.
You’ve been doing haiku wrong all along.


And how about this—sing it hurriedly to force the third and fourth lines into the original rhythm:

You’ve been doing tanka wrong all along.
You’ve been doing tanka wrong all along.
        If they’re five-seven-five-seven-seven
        They will surely banish you from heaven.
You’ve been doing tanka wrong all along.