Automotive Haiku!

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Staff Blog | Aug 29, 2014

Car Talk...and haiku? Admittedly, it's a rather unlikely combination.

But after we read some haiku on the show this weekend, we were sold! Together with our lackeys at Car Talk Plaza, we crafted a few more examples of this budding genre. We hope you enjoy reading them.

Should a profound haiku involving a rusted muffler, check-engine light, or a blown head gasket suddenly come over you, we'd love to see it. Our Car Talk Poet Laureate, Robert DeFrost, will be standing by, ready to read your submissions.

You can post your own haiku in the comments below, or email them to us. (Forgot how to write a haiku? Us too. It's 5-7-5. Five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the last. No sneaking in extra syllables. We'll be checking.)

We'll share our favorites right here-- with a little Car Talk haiku art, to boot!

Yours in Japanese-automotive verse,

Tom and Ray Magliozzi
Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers

P.S. Need more inspiration? Read our whole collection of listener-submitted automotive-haiku.

Here are a few more of our favorites:


Pontiac Lemans
Will pass everything on road
Except gas station

-Kraig Stockard


Can't find cause of leak
But mechanic needs new boat
Radiator? Sure.

-Brendan Joyce


"Check engine" light on.
Unscrew the dash. Stab with pen.
"Check engine" light off.

-James Cardillo


Motivated yet? Send us yours!

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