The Smiths in Haiku

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Post 01-Nov-2007 12:03

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For your enjoyment, here is a collection of The Smiths' lyrics, distilled into standard 5/7/5 haiku.
These are the singles - I did them whilst discussing poetry with a friend who was also getting into The Smiths. The rule that I applied was that I could not rearrange any lines - each 5 or 7 syllable line had to be an exact lift from the song. I also chose to select lines in the order of their appearance in the original lyric.
Enjoy!
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THE SMITHS
Singles in Haiku
The good people laugh.
We may be hidden by rags -
I really don’t care.
Jumped-up pantry boy
knows so much about these things.
Said “Return the ring.”
All men have secrets,
So what difference does it make?
O my sacred one.
What she asked of me -
Caligula would have blushed!
I naturally fled.
Town has dragged you down.
Would you like to marry me?
You can buy the ring.
Son and the heir of
nothing in particular,
I need to be loved.
The rocks below say
“Throw your skinny body down.”
Mama, let me go.
People who feel so
very lonely, their only
desire is to die.
Behind the hatred,
Murderous desire for love.
Look into my eyes.
Got no right to take
my place with the human race.
Bigmouth strikes again.
Panic on the streets.
Music they constantly play
Says nothing to me.
Shyness can stop you.
I won’t say no – how could I?
Summer days indoors.
Push and it’s over.
Tried living in the real world
instead of a shell.
Don’t go home tonight.
Take my hand and off we stride.
Find the one you love.
Could have murdered her.
No, I don’t want to see her.
Please let me see her.
The lanes were silent.
Grabbed you by the gilded beams.
I started something.
Somebody loved me -
just another false alarm.
This story is old.
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