Poetry: A State Testing Haiku Anthology

We’ve been state testing for three consecutive days. Here are some haiku poems that I wrote based on thoughts pondered during the tedium of testing. (I took liberty with true haiku format–expect similes, they’re not about nature, nor are they imagery rich.)


1.
I forgot to bring
a book for after testing
so haiku it is.

2.
A floppy ribbon,
red as a licorice stick,
makes my eyes hungry.

3.
My unwashed split ends
fork in fourths, wishbones, and Ks.
Time for a haircut.

4.
As soon as I sit,
a number two pencil breaks.
Get it sharpened, stat!

5.
Offensive haiku
litter the small legal pad,
disguising boredom.

6.
The blue sticky note
saluted the desk, waving
in the AC’s breeze.

7.
The clock heaves tick tocks
like an asthmatic reaching
for an inhaler.

8.
My foot falls asleep
so I shake it to rid me
of pins and needles.

9.
Sessions one two three
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
ELA and math.

10.
I teach ELA.
I have no clue how to work
your calculator.

11.
beaker

12.
Please read directions.
They’re not trying to trick you
students I promise.

13.
Testing overload.
The students look like zombies
waiting for May’s end.

14.
Tired of long silence,
they rebel with loud cackles
and loquaciousness.

15.
The bad internet
kicks students out randomly.
Please log back in quick.

16.
None of these haiku
were written maliciously
nor during testing.

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2 thoughts on “Poetry: A State Testing Haiku Anthology

  1. “The blue sticky note saluted the desk” – this made me chuckle. These are definitely imagery rich and wonderful at creating the atmosphere, like with the clock heaving like an asthmatic reaching for an inhaler. x

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