A handful of haikus for the spring sports season

Published 7:50 am Friday, March 6, 2020

With basketball and the winter sports season finally coming to a close this week, spring break next week, and some sun peeking through today, I’m in a mellow and poetic mood. One of my goals in life is to write an entire story as an epic poem like Beowulf. Or perhaps even figure out exactly what iambic pentameter is and write one that way. For now I’ll settle for a string of unconnected sports haikus.

You know the rules — three lines, five syllables, seven syllables and then five more to bring it home. The rest is up to you.


Will it ever stop?
Yo, I don’t know; spring rain like
Vanilla Ice song

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Run Thru History
this Saturday; our groundhog
is a cannon blast

Missy Gators had
a great playoff run this year;
might win it all soon

Astros’ dark blue shirts
are the perfect color to
hide beanball bruises

Nineteen teams playing
in a spring break tournament;
Normal Sports Force day

Flashes and Vikings
baseball go to Coast next week
should play on the beach

Seriously, sand
in cleats would not be a lot
of fun to deal with

Spring football starts soon
High school, college teams prepare!
XFL till then

Madness or sadness
for Mississippi hoops teams?
Not the best season

Baseball, softball rule
spring, but don’t forget about
golf, tennis and track

Zippity-zip go
track folks, around and around
watch and get dizzy

Walking ‘round the course,
sunny skies, get out of class?
Golf team is awesome!

Ernest Bowker is
sports editor of VB Post

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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