Haiku Parodies

The cherry blossom

Tumbles from the highest tree

One needs more petrol.


Late frost burns the bloom

Would a fool not let the belt

Restrain the body?

(Automated voice warnings from Newton’s badly damaged car, Dick Turpin)

Good Omens (1990). Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.


“Dreams”_ Sebald

I suppose it is submerged memories that give to dreams their curious air of hyper-reality. But perhaps there is something else as well, something nebulous, gauze-like, through which everything one sees in a dream seems, paradoxically, much clearer. A pond becomes a lake, a breeze becomes a storm, a handful of dust is a desert, a grain of sulphur in the  blood is a volcanic inferno. What manner of theatre is it, in which we are at once playwright, actor, stage manager, scene painter and audience?

W G Sebald. The Rings of Saturn.

“To err…”

“It’s our basic right to be fuck-ups. This civilization was founded on fuck-ups. And you know what? That makes me proud.”

“A..and me.”

“What is it they say — to err is…?”

“To err is human.”

“To err is human. So, er…”

(Gary King and Andy)
from The World’s End. Directed by Edgar Wright.

“A young man in dusty white leathers”

The cafe door opened. A young man in dusty white leathers entered, and the wind blew, empty crisp packets and newspapers and ice cream wrappers in with him. They danced around his feet like excited children, then fell exhausted to the floor.

(Entry of one of the Four Apocalyptic Horsemen, Pollution)
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch.
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.