monday poetry traffic – diary haiku

Thanks to Julia at Piece of My Mind for this great idea… found poems from old diaries.

I’ve been digging through all our boxes that are about to be liberated from storage after a year. What a treasure chest of material. I dug out my very first diary, a little red thing with a lock.

The following are slightly altered lines from the diary that I wrote when I was 8 and 9 years old. I removed some words to form the haiku, but the messages have not been changed.

I am sick. I don’t
know yet but I might be get-
ting tongselitis.

I went off a slide
into a big pool and it
was over my head.

nothing romantic.
wanted to say, I’m in
multiplication now.

Chrissy talks to boys.
had no idea they could be
so interesting.

dear diary, a
boy in square dancing likes me.
I think he is nice.

the best day I ev-
er had is when I went to
Jennifer’s new house.

(six days later)

went to a wedding.
danced with the bride. was the
best day I ever had.

april 18, gave
the key to my diary
to jeannie libert

april 28,
got the key to my diary
back from jeannie

Kendal found a key
to a car.  I stole some of
my dad’s cigarettes.

dear diary, I
like one of the boys at camp.
He is too short, though.

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  1. Sweet Talking Guy..
    Jan 19, 2009

    Good format, well put together to make interesting memories, they read like American sentences.

  2. openchannel
    Jan 19, 2009

    That’s funny you should say that, STG, I was contemplating writing American Sentences…

    I stuck with the haiku because I though my 9 year old language and ideas were a great contrast to the assumed more serious ‘ku

  3. GeL(Emerald Eyes)
    Jan 20, 2009

    Hiya!- Here from Poetry Train.
    Enjoyed these haikus and they brought forth old memories of my own. I also kept a diary and journals, most that I still own.
    Nice to meet you and I look forward to reading more poetry here.

  4. gautami tripathy
    Jan 23, 2009

    Hey, I like it. You did good at that age!

    clearly fading

    PS: I will add you as openchannel.


  5. julia
    Jan 26, 2009

    ‘the best day I ev-
    er had is when I went to
    Jennifer’s new house.

    (six days later)

    went to a wedding.
    danced with the bride. was the
    best day I ever had.’

    Ah…girlhood! I really enjoyed this. I love the gusto with which the narrator approaches everything!

    thanks for the inspiration, I enjoyed finding it.

  6. art predator
    Jan 28, 2009

    I stole some of my dad’s cigarettes!!

    and then what!!! you can’t leave us hanging like this!!

    love these, by the way

    I don’t know, seriously. I was 9 years old. I’m positive I didn’t smoke them. I just thought they were cool.


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