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Writing Adventures for Wild Girls

Write a Pirate Haiku

A haiku is a poem made of three lines.

The first line has five syllables.
The second line has seven syllables.
The third line has five syllables.

Write a haiku about something that makes you really mad. Or, if you'd rather, write a haiku as if you were a pirate.

Submit your haiku here.

What's all this about?

The Wild Girls is a novel by Pat Murphy. In the book,  Joan and her friend Fox start writing stories together. When they win a writing contest, they're recruited for a summer writing class taught by Verla Volante. This site is for folks who want to try some of Verla's writing techniques — and for anyone who wants to know more about Verla, The Wild Girls, and author Pat Murphy. (That's me, by the way.)

Pat's Pirate Haiku


The complete pirate —
peg legged, gold toothed, hook handed —
has some parts missing.

What's a syllable?

A syllable is one of the sounds that makes up a word. When you say a word, you can hear the separate syllables.
“Pirate” is two syllables: “Pie” and “rat.” On the other hand, “hand” is one syllable.