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.

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    • Anna
    • June 17, 2010

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

    • Steve K
    • June 17, 2010

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

    • Steve K
    • June 17, 2010

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

    • Barb V.
    • June 17, 2010

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

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

    • Ted
    • June 17, 2010

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

    • Steve K
    • June 17, 2010

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

    • Ted
    • June 17, 2010

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

    • Tracy M
    • June 17, 2010

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

    • LARRY D.
    • June 17, 2010

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

    • LARRY D.
    • June 17, 2010

    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

    • Steve K
    • June 18, 2010

    redworms and black gold
    Larry D dreams of freebies.

    • John Duffy
    • June 18, 2010

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

    • Barb V.
    • June 18, 2010

    Thanks to Bentley for
    Experimental Ventures
    And pictures galore

    • LARRY D.
    • June 18, 2010

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

    (hey that rhymed!)

    • Ted
    • June 18, 2010

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

    • Ted
    • June 18, 2010

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

    • Ted
    • June 18, 2010

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

    • Barb V.
    • June 18, 2010

    Striped, squirmy; Such beauty
    to doting vermkeeps!

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

    • Barb V.
    • June 18, 2010

    Semitranslucent ,
    Striped, squirmy, such beauty
    to doting vermkeeps

    • Barb V.
    • June 19, 2010

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

  1. 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!


    • LARRY D.
    • June 19, 2010

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

    • John Duffy
    • June 19, 2010

    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) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Bentley
    • June 19, 2010

    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

    • Barb V.
    • June 19, 2010

    Push the envelope
    Next? Sky’s the limit

    • Diane
    • June 19, 2010

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

    • Steve K
    • June 21, 2010

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

    • Barb V.
    • June 21, 2010

    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

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

    I donโ€™t use clippings
    Too much work for me
    I stink at haiku but
    My bin wonโ€™t smell like pee

    There I tried

    • Ted
    • June 22, 2010

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

    • Barb V.
    • June 22, 2010

    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

    • Ted
    • June 23, 2010

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

    • Diane
    • June 23, 2010

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

    • Diane
    • June 24, 2010

    Local effort global change
    Worms eat my garbage

    • Diane
    • June 24, 2010

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

    • Diane
    • June 24, 2010

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

    • LARRY D.
    • June 25, 2010

    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

    • Diane
    • June 25, 2010

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

    • Ted
    • June 26, 2010

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

    • Ted
    • June 26, 2010

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

    • LARRY D.
    • June 28, 2010

    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

    • Barb V.
    • June 28, 2010

    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?

    • Ted
    • June 28, 2010

    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

    • Barb V.
    • June 29, 2010

    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

    • Ted
    • June 29, 2010

    (If worm climbs glass door) April 8th 2010 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Barb V.
    • June 29, 2010

    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

    • Steve K
    • June 30, 2010

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

    • Steve K
    • June 30, 2010

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

    • Ted
    • June 30, 2010

    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.

    • Barb V.
    • July 2, 2010

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

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

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