A Haiku or Two, on Holiday Parties

December 13, 2014

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Here's a way to make your holiday party more fun: Get out scrap paper and a pile of pens and ask each of your guests to write a haiku (and, if you're feeling meta, ask them to write a haiku about holiday parties!). This is the result of our exercise: 

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My mother's hors d'oeuvres,
always cream cheese and canned fish.
Someday I'll grow up.


are you my cousin
or a friend of my father?
either way, goodbye.


is it okay if I
just leave this party, go home,
and eat a pizza? 


Why is the punch bowl
empty again? I swear some-
one just filled it up.


Drank too much again.
Everyone I know left.
Need more canapés.

Are you inspired to write a poem about holiday parties? The comments below are a safe space to express yourself.

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  • vvvanessa
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I used to work at Food52. I'm probably the person who picked all of the cookie dough out of the cookie dough ice cream.


vvvanessa December 16, 2014
you'll always find me
parked by the cheese plate, shameless
but very happy
citlalnahuac December 15, 2014
The first, in early
November: church choir reads carols
and has great potluck.
aargersi December 15, 2014
Eat all of the things
Drink all of the drinks too and
Sport festive mumu
Marian B. December 15, 2014
ah, the great mumu
a wardrobe essential for
any REAL woman.
BoulderGalinTokyo February 13, 2015
Showing my age now,
once sewed a caftan with cuffs
reaching down to hem.

(mumu is much more sexy!)
ElkNation December 14, 2014
My cousins like their
phones better than they like
me. Reasons to eat.
Sarah J. December 15, 2014
Too real.
AntoniaJames December 14, 2014
They brought tidings of
great joy, hugs, laughter and love.
Mother served great food.
Pegeen December 14, 2014
O punch bowl with ice ring
herbs eerily suspended in
ghostly frost
Sauertea December 13, 2014
Make Deviled Eggs
Never Enough for Xmas Eve
Many happy family
Pegeen December 13, 2014
Sincere gratitude
joining friends and family
Burnt things do not matter
Pegeen December 13, 2014
Why does the host
burn my hors d’oeuvres when warming?
Why does my drink get lost?

(Feeling a little Scrooge-like tonight, so I counted “hors d’oeuvres” as 2 syllables and not 3)

Sarah J. December 13, 2014
Fine with me!! Hors d'ouv-ruhs!
Pegeen December 13, 2014
Who is the author of this touching and true verse? Anyway, you got it right! :-)

holiday party:
it's supposed to be fun, right?
then what are these tears?
Cristina S. December 13, 2014
Marian, the answer is yes.
Marian B. December 14, 2014
A woman after my own heart.