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Minding three K's

by Maureen Glaude

If you’re like me
you’ll want to
mind your keigos
kegels, and kigos

you won’t want to confuse the terms
an easy trap, it seems

the kegel practised regularly
in pregnancy can help your pelvic muscles
pre-and post-delivery

the keigo helps keep your language honorable
and formal, for speaking, in Japan
shows reverance for the listener, and expresses your humility

the kigo helps to evoke the season
of your haiku
traditionally it lands in the middle line
the one which acts as a hinge

imagine if you put a kegel line
in your ku?
Well, in a sense
developing a good one of these is like
working a muscle, anyway, to keep it in strong tone
and delivery of a fine one is a birth
creation close to perfection
result of extensive exercise and training
so perhaps a kegel fits

Now, some people do their kegels in the car
when stopped at a red light*
this may be true of composing ku,too
though the focus on driving
mightn’t be just right

and keigo and kegels wouldn’t fight
if you made a blooper with them
for they have much in common
as naturally, you’d want
to polish your keigo form and manners
in season, too - one that surpasses nine months
and continues afterward

keigos, kegels, kigos
don’t let them make you crazy


Author's Note: From Google.ca *KIGO is the season line of haiku wherein there must/should be a season word in the haiku, and its usually in second line **KEGELS: Contract your pelvic floor muscles as though you were trying to stop the flow of urination. Do ten at a time several times a day. This can be done anytime in any position without anyone knowing you are doing them. ***KEIGO honorstic language in Japanese Keigo reflects the speaker's consideration, and keigo changes depending on the situation in which the speaker use the language. It is important to be conscious of speaker's position in the Japanese society. There are several functions of keigo: to do honor to the listener, to be formal, to express a humble attitude, and to keep class and cultivation (with help from Google and kado ottawa info)

Posted on 05/03/2004
Copyright © 2021 Maureen Glaude

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 05/03/04 at 01:27 AM

LOL! Where do you come up with all these fangled words? I'll have to start learning Japanese to keep up with you. Educational/teaching poem gives the medium a whole new dimension.

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 05/03/04 at 04:45 AM

Ari gato! Kongratulations on a wonderful poem, that's also fun. So, now you have to tell me do itashi ma$#%@e...;-) You're simply amazing.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 05/04/04 at 01:46 AM

Hmmmm Amzing. You've managed to be literary, while giving exercise and language information. A bit of tongue-in-cheek humor here as well. Now if there are to be three Ks may they all be of this variety! :)

Posted by Agnes Eva on 05/04/04 at 05:31 PM

hahahah, i can't believe you turned that whole thing into a poem, that's awesome. very smart wordplay, especially seeing the haiku as a birth after mental flexing ;)

Posted by Paganini Jones on 05/05/04 at 08:18 PM

What a delightful piece of whimsey! Still chuckling. Seems to me this is a varient of the game I first came across in the author Dennis Wheatley (I think, but it may have been John Buchan) - choose 3 unrelated items and create a story connecting them. Thank you for making me laugh :)

Posted by Kate Demeree on 05/06/04 at 05:50 PM

LOLOL... Oh Mo.. I love this! It made me smile sooooo big! Quite a lesson here too...

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 05/07/04 at 02:01 AM

Ah so fine poem Mo....Charlie

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 05/07/04 at 02:04 AM

By the way I had a girl friend poet, she had a Haiku...Charlie

Posted by JD Clay on 05/07/04 at 11:00 PM

Your alliteration and your attention to detail is impeccable. I also enjoyed the interaction between the phrasiology and the cultures. Good stuff, Mo. Pe4ce...

Posted by Maria Massarella on 11/23/08 at 08:20 PM

A gift it is to read you, Maureen! I love your wit and poetic wordplay. Lovelight*hugs

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