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September 28, 2009

Holy Haiku, Batman

This nugget of dim strangeness brought to you by David A. Zimmerman.

You think you have a great idea, only to find that someone had it first. That's what happened with the bicycle, the telephone, allegedly the bra and now Christian haiku. Our big idea for Strangely Dim, it seems, is already a popular account on Twitter.

"Holy Haiku" is the Twitter account of Diane Neumann, who lives and writes somewhere in Minnesota. This seems to be a devotional exercise for her--as well as a ministry of sorts, seeing as she's got nearly a thousand people tracking her tweets. I found it by accident, thanks to the status of a Facebook(tm) friend:

RT @holyhaiku God can fill you up / but there's still always room for / that post-church donut. #haiku.

Dave likes this. But this supposedly retweeted haiku from Diane doesn't show up in her archives, and it's quite a bit cheekier than what seems to be her standard fare. And on closer examination I note that Diane's username includes an underscore: "Holy_Haiku," not--as the retweet indicates--"holyhaiku," an account that doesn't seem to exist, so far as I can tell. I wrote my own poem to convey my confusion:

Help! (And please retweet!)
Lost in social media!
Need guide for perplexed.

This haiku is, of course, a reference to the twelfth-century philosophical treatise by Maimonides, The Guide for the Perplexed, which attempted to reconcile Jewish theology to contemporary philosophy. That makes this haiku--to my way of thinking at least--holy enough.

Posted by Dave Zimmerman at September 28, 2009 6:03 AM Bookmark and Share

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Lisa Rieck is a reader and writer who likes to discuss good ideas over hot drinks and gets inspired by the sky. She takes in all kinds of good ideas as a proofreader for InterVarsity Press.

Rebecca Larson is a writer/designer/creative type who has infiltrated IVP's web department, where she writes and edits online content. She enjoys a good pun and loves the smell of freshly printed books.

David A. Zimmerman is an editor for Likewise Books and a columnist for Burnside Writers Collective. He's written three books, most recently The Parable of the Unexpected Guest. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/unexpguest. Find his personal blog at loud-time.com.

Suanne Camfield is a publicist for InterVarsity Press and a freelance writer. She floats ungracefully between work, parenting and writing, and (much to her dismay) finds it impossible to read on a treadmill. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and blogs at The Rough Cut.

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