When she was my mom she said no sweets before lunch. Hypocrite grandma. This collection of irreverent haiku explores the reality of modern motherhood complete with dirty diapers, spilled Spaghetti-Os, obnoxious purple dinosaurs, car seats, strollers, choking hazards, and more. It’s the perfect gift for new moms with young children at home a book that can be picked up for a minute and then put down to wipe a nose or settle an argument, all while making Mom laugh. With more than 100 haiku and 40 whimsical illustrations, Haiku Mama is a collection of verse that all mothers (and their family and friends) will love.
My take: 5 looks
I will admit to being a serious word-nerd, and I have written my own Haiku in a black Moleskine notebook since 2010. Various expressions of happiness, sadness, frustration, and stress. 17 syllables can say so much, but you have to have a good imagination to get your feelings into that limited amount of text.
I fully appreciate every Haiku presented in Haiku Mama. They are funny, clever, and so very true. Some of my faves:
Awake so early,
small boy rises with the sun.
Can’t snooze a baby.
Like badge of honor
our spreading hips unite us:
Every one of these will cause a smile to come to your face, a nod of agreement, or the explosive, “Amen, sister!”.