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Vermicomposting Haiku

Our roving worm news reporter, Barb V., recently told me about a cool thread that had been started over on the Garden Web Forum called “Compost Haiku“, and suggested this might be fun to try over here.

Based on the fact that we had so much fun with “You Know You Are a Worm-Head When…“, I agreed wholeheartedly!

For those of you unfamiliar with Haiku (or needing a review), it is a type of Japanese poetry. Each poem consists of three short lines, typically containing a specific number of syllables each. OK, so technically they are not actually syllables – they are actually referred to as “moras”, and you can read ALL about the nitty gritty rules and regulations on the Haiku Wikipedia page if you want.

For OUR (fun) purposes, let’s just stick with the commonly accepted 5-7-5 syllable guideline – and for the sake of not cramping anyone’s artistic style, you can even feel free to alter that a bit.

Here is an example – a very nice Haiku written by Barb V:


Surface solid squirm
Add melons, numbers explode
Where do they come from?


And a couple I came up with for this post (I’ll likely do some more for the comments section):


Open the worm bin
Take in the rich earthy smell
This is true beauty


Hand fork moves swiftly
Red Worms dance in the sunlight
Simple excitement


So, as you can see, all of these follow the 5-7-5 syllable guideline, and of course have something to do with worm composting.

Now have some fun!

Thanks again to Barb V. for the great post idea.
:cool:

Written by Bentley on June 17th, 2010 with 62 comments.
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Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com Anna
#1. June 17th, 2010, at 3:47 PM.

Blue worms a-plenty.
Drat! Not cold hardy. What now?
Next time, buy Bentley’s.

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#2. June 17th, 2010, at 5:46 PM.

Call them red wigglers.
Eisenia fetida
is too hard to say.

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#3. June 17th, 2010, at 5:51 PM.

composting army,
wriggling holes through my trash, call
“Join our ranks, human!”

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#4. June 17th, 2010, at 5:57 PM.

Squirm grapevine newsflash!
Some worms go to summer camp
Vermi discontent!

What would Hamlet do
About summer of discontent?
Soliloquize, natch

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#5. June 17th, 2010, at 7:00 PM.

Complicated? NO
feed them healthy and slow
watch the numbers grow

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#6. June 17th, 2010, at 8:17 PM.

Quick grammar question:
Do worms address each other
As “he/she” or “they”?

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#7. June 17th, 2010, at 9:19 PM.

A cocoon so pale
will it be a tri inside
come forward and thrive

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#8. June 17th, 2010, at 9:41 PM.

Really cool idea
will have to try one later
what rhymes with dayglo?

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#9. June 17th, 2010, at 10:29 PM.

Redworms are moving
through my horse poo a plenty
almost is ready

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#10. June 17th, 2010, at 10:45 PM.

pretty cool Bentley
you should do this more often
we could win redworms

wheres Mark from Kansas
we could win vermicompost
if he would let us

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#11. June 18th, 2010, at 1:54 AM.

redworms and black gold
Larry D dreams of freebies.
vermifanatic!

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#12. June 18th, 2010, at 2:38 AM.

Boy did that open
a can of worms I’m hopin
must go feed my squirm

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#13. June 18th, 2010, at 5:11 AM.

Thanks to Bentley for
Experimental Ventures
And pictures galore

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com LARRY D.
#14. June 18th, 2010, at 4:09 PM.

what does haiku mean
my vermicompost needs screened
Bentley has nice greens

(hey that rhymed!)

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#15. June 18th, 2010, at 6:47 PM.

Red Worm Composting
how nice to learn something new
shorts the landfills too.

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#16. June 18th, 2010, at 7:11 PM.

coffee grinds and shells
look at the red worms just beg
no, PH is high

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#17. June 18th, 2010, at 9:03 PM.

Up on #5 if I had said slowly, I would of been right on.

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#18. June 18th, 2010, at 10:25 PM.

Semitranslucent,
Striped, squirmy; Such beauty
to doting vermkeeps!

Oh, Ted, don’t be so mean … let the little guys have some UCG.

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#19. June 18th, 2010, at 10:39 PM.

Semitranslucent ,
Striped, squirmy, such beauty
to doting vermkeeps

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#20. June 19th, 2010, at 1:31 AM.

Sorry for the double send. Weird!
///
Worms by the handful
Bentley teases with pictures
Photogenic worms?

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#21. June 19th, 2010, at 2:03 AM.

OK, I refuse to participate in Haiku, it drove me insane in school.
But, Letty has a few.

Hey redworm what’s up
eating trash and manure
my garden loves you

poop for my garden
the greens look delectable
can’t wait to eat them

little busy worms
that take on the largest loads
to give me black gold

gusanos rojo
dame une jardin vejo
floresitas para mi

Have Fun!

Letty

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com LARRY D.
#22. June 19th, 2010, at 2:47 AM.

worm cocoons are cool
makes me feel like a worm dad
good feelings i have

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#23. June 19th, 2010, at 3:19 AM.

Aw c’mon Mark…You can’t let Letty have all the fun. Surely you can come up with some romantic worm poetry even if it’s not Haiku…Your fans are counting on you. (ok Bentley, chime in here at any time) ;)

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#24. June 19th, 2010, at 4:22 AM.

Mark is a pooper
Letty comes to his rescue
Spanish Haiku rules!

Worm-heads a plenty
Trading words on Friday night
Red Worms MUST be cool

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#25. June 19th, 2010, at 4:45 PM.

Push the envelope
Vermi-post-culture-ponics
Next? Sky’s the limit

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#26. June 19th, 2010, at 11:43 PM.

Need less garbage bags
Wiggle worms munch all day long
Landfill is happy

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#27. June 21st, 2010, at 3:59 PM.

worms work in the dark
spinning hay into black gold
like Rumpelstiltskin

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#28. June 21st, 2010, at 4:37 PM.

Videos are proof
Of the great glut of garbage
Fed to red wrigglers

Like mad scientists
Bentley and Mark overfed bins
Worms go tell Ophra ?

Is this a scandal?
Worms in vermi-therapy?
No, all bins happy

Fat, full, and happy
Phew! Thats a great relief
Worms glad, too

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com Mark from Kansas
#29. June 22nd, 2010, at 12:48 AM.

There has been a lot of talk about grass clippings lately.

I don’t use clippings
Too much work for me
I stink at haiku but
My bin won’t smell like pee

There I tried

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#30. June 22nd, 2010, at 9:08 PM.

WOW, this is compost
food scraps, cardboard, and clippings
cheaper than store cost.

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#31. June 22nd, 2010, at 10:26 PM.

Gee, it’s hot today
Went out to sprinkle worm pit
I got soaked, too

Just like the kids do
Getting soaked felt great
Verms/vermkeep all wet

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#32. June 23rd, 2010, at 6:30 PM.

The snow is coming
Here’s a warm layer of hay
Good night, and sleep tight.

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#33. June 23rd, 2010, at 10:58 PM.

Keep them in the dark
Let them eat all your garbage
Soil is what you get.

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#34. June 24th, 2010, at 11:22 PM.

Vermicomposting
Local effort global change
Worms eat my garbage

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#35. June 24th, 2010, at 11:35 PM.

Worm compost today!
Make the world a better place!
So easy to do.

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#36. June 24th, 2010, at 11:38 PM.

Worm compost today!
Make the world a better place.
So easy to do!

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com LARRY D.
#37. June 25th, 2010, at 2:01 AM.

I agree with mark
haiku is complicated
but at least he tried

a wise man once said
you can build a large flowthru
larrys’ looks like mine

Bentley builds trenches
that he fills up with horse poo
next try alpaca

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#38. June 25th, 2010, at 10:22 PM.

Try composting now
If they can eat my garbage
They can eat yours too

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#39. June 26th, 2010, at 9:54 PM.

Bentley, thanks alot.
Your awesom for what you do.
Hats off, heres to you.

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#40. June 26th, 2010, at 10:07 PM.

On Facebook, who new?
The members, how fast they grew
Next stop, five thousand

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com LARRY D.
#41. June 28th, 2010, at 12:24 PM.

Horse poo by the piles
Worms are gathered in masses
Wow they multiplied

some people use light
some use eighth inch screen sifters
what is your method

call it worm compost
you could say global worming
you have to keep worms

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com Barb V.
#42. June 28th, 2010, at 4:45 PM.

Who knew how fast worms
Procreat? Wom pit started
Casually now teems

My kids joke about Mom’s
‘Herd of Squirm”, but sure enjoy
Garden’s Vegs and fruits

Worms are hired hands on
City-lot ‘farm’. Makes me a
Gentlemom farmer?

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#43. June 28th, 2010, at 7:37 PM.

Cocoons in a row
Which will be the first to show
I wait patiently

Here I have some fruit
cardboard, peat moss and veg soup
smash, grind, got manure

So many of worms
I have no room left for you
Time to start fishing

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com Barb V.
#44. June 29th, 2010, at 2:05 AM.

Bentley’s eyes light up
His brain tingles. “What happens
If ___ ” fill in the blank

Next project on his
Curiosity meter?
Worm herd wants to know

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#45. June 29th, 2010, at 1:30 PM.

(If worm climbs glass door) April 8th 2010 :-)

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#46. June 29th, 2010, at 8:04 PM.

Why does a worm climb
To heights of Bentley’s glass door?
Edward Vermery?

Any relation
To mountaineer, Sir Edward?
No, just a bad pun

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#47. June 30th, 2010, at 2:14 PM.

where did this come from?
I feel compassion for worms
climate controlled bin

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#48. June 30th, 2010, at 2:20 PM.

Vermihaiku book!
Bentley dreams of royalties?
Nope; worms on his mind.

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#49. June 30th, 2010, at 6:44 PM.

If the worms knew this
As intelligent humans
Castings make our day

When the rains pours down
And a worm is trapped alone
The Robin comes near

Why are we involved?
Help this spec, called Mother Earth
Last a bit longer.

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#50. July 2nd, 2010, at 6:00 PM.

Eeeeoooaaargh! How gross!
Jabba the Hutt slug eating
Vulnerable verms

Predatory slug
Dispatched by verm-herder
Squish, begone, Jabba!

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#51. July 2nd, 2010, at 6:21 PM.

Two days and no words
The worm poets fading fast
NO, vaction time

I am alone here
No fans adding to this page
Harvesting compost????

Sunday is for some
Happy Independance Day
Don’t blow up your worms

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com LARRY D.
#52. July 2nd, 2010, at 8:26 PM.

throw them a life line
poetry has a shelf life
ted,we need a rhyme

poetry will slack
but soon will pick up the pace
this is a worm place

kablooey,bam,pow
my redworms hid under food
but they aren’t scared

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com LARRY D.
#53. July 2nd, 2010, at 8:37 PM.

question your worm rhymes?
question your worm poetry?
are you kidding me?

worm power extremes
worms are poetry themselves
watch them dance in light

worms around the clock
worms all day and through the night
worm lovers delight

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com Ted
#54. July 3rd, 2010, at 2:08 AM.

I say nay to thee
place your squirm in manure
and watch them mature.

Are you kidding me?
worms run, not dance in the light
Don’t you know I’m right?

You have failed it’s true
My wisdom has shattered you
I am the worm dude

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com Barb V.
#55. July 3rd, 2010, at 3:46 PM.

Fireworks booms are said
To frighten pet animals
How will worms react?

Cool as cucumbers
Oblivious to kabooms
Worm pit all serene

Picnic leftovers
Create way more excitement
Than boom boom kabang

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com Barb V.
#56. July 3rd, 2010, at 6:28 PM.

This is from a real headline:

“Vermicomposting
‘Worming’ its way into hearts
Of recyclers”

Typical headline
Often in the news today
Verm-keeping is hot

Say that again. Hot?
I’ll believe that when each
Home has a worm bin

Still, nice to think of
Composting dispossessing
Trash hauling dumping

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com LARRY D.
#57. July 3rd, 2010, at 9:07 PM.

worms are not fish food
ted said he was the worm dude
poetry he spewed

worms all day and night
they love to have a food fight
eat with all their might

worms are in the news
worms are also on you tube
count the numbers viewed

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com LARRY D.
#58. July 3rd, 2010, at 9:15 PM.

Barb v.finds fun stuff
tumbled worms sometimes look rough
never have enough

Bentley is worm king
the compost guy is his thing
but can Bentley sing?

What’s with all the rhymes?
trying to have a good time!
helps from time to time!

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com Ted
#59. July 4th, 2010, at 1:06 AM.

So true Larry D
This is very new to me
Having fun is key

Yes I fish, so true.
worms, not used one, thats true too.
Will I, well, no clue.

This is it for me.
Thanks for all the poetry.
Had fun, honestly

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com LARRY D.
#60. July 4th, 2010, at 1:45 AM.

fishing is o.k.
as long as the worms not red
artificials!

I’m the flounder king
flounder fishing is my thing
compost flounder poo?

try a golden spoon
or try a “storm swimmin shad”
shad color is best!

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com Barb V.
#61. July 4th, 2010, at 4:41 PM.

Family asks what
Are you going to do with
Tens of thousands worms?

Well, er, ah, umm, hmm
Hey, ask me no hard questions!
Just playing by ear

But I will admit
That the squirm herd is growing
Daily by leaping bounds

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#62. July 9th, 2010, at 2:55 PM.

Is it too late to add another video-inspired Haiku?

Wowie kapowie
Bentley treads the red carpet
Of vermi-wood fame

Vermeister to stars,
Bentley what is the secret
Of your vermi-pics?

Why so round, red, firm ?
What worm-star training secrets?
Vermi-abs of steel

From Alpaca poo
To torn cardboard, exotic
Or mundane, foodstuff

Is the wow-power
Behind video-glam worm stars
I still love my worms

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