Readers Write Haikus for John Mayer

05/05/2008 at 11:30 AM ET

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John Mayer unveiled a new, ’80s-inspired hairdo, then issued a challenge: Write a haiku about his silky tresses. “No one can do it,” the singer told our reporter at the time. Well, nearly 100 readers have proven Mayer wrong — demonstrating light literary-touches and some good humor in the process. While some improvised on the rigid form, others clearly have been studying their Matsuo Basho. (Go Wikipedia him!) For the uninitiated, a haiku is a three-line, unrhymed poem containing lines of five, seven and five syllables respectively — and typically praising nature. Here’s a selection of our favorite Haikus and their authors. Bonus points to reader Nikki, who managed to work in some nature allusions. Basho would be proud! Keep your submissions coming — we want to read even more of your hair-inspired haikus!

silk autumn blossoms
sun in feathered decades still
hip dance floor mover

The silky softness
Body is a wonderland
How lucky is Jen?

Big head, feathered hair
Ego and publicity
Silken confidence

My fingers would run
Through your hair before the grip,
Of your bodyguard
– Karen

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gloria woodman on

John’s hair looks so good
But I must admit I like
Michaeh J Fox more

Julia on Readers Write Haikus for John Mayer

Andrew McCarthy
Your feathered locks don’t compare
Mine are much more fair.

Sima on

Sweet, silky, softness…
Keatonesque, its featherdom…
Love, love, love it, dude!

Shannon on

Raven smooth bliss coif
There’s a new Mayer in town
Behold Nature’s gift

Jocelyn on

Love it. What a great sense of humor. Thanks for the smile. ;-)

kimberly Caldwell on

All I can say is EWWWWWWWWW!

Jen on

Cute, funny, but not haiku. These are zappai, or pseudo-haiku. Basho is probably rolling in his grave.

It might not seem like a big deal to anyone, but it’s difficult to write (and publish!) literary haiku in America when the popular perception of the form is mired by stuff like this.

Sara on

John, you’re an incredibly talented musician, but get over yourself. Use your name and influence for better causes rather than the awareness of how great of a haircut you have.

Mel on

A hair haiku needs
More inspiration than you
Teen Wolf wannabe

Anonymous on

John Mayer already has big head
Now has bigger head
His ego is even bigger than that


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