there were these smart crows
who picked open the house locks,
and watched late night shows.
© said sadain, jr. 2018
If you’ve seen that 1980 movie of Stanley Kubrick, The Shining, then you would already be familiar with the story of Jack Torrance, a writer who accepts the work of being a caretaker to an isolated hotel closed down for the winter, hoping to cure his writer’s block in the solitude of it all. Things do not turn out well for Jack and his writing though. The story slickly, horribly unravels to tell us that no sir, you cannot have your work and your play both at the same time!!!
Like the writing of Jack, mine is also going nowhere these days, except for these spurts of terrible haiku — or more aptly, senryu — that I’ve so far churned out in 2018, in keeping with a weekly schedule. As Jack in the movie types repetitively: “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
This week, I offer you another 5-7-5 senryu, The Unshining as a warning to crows and non-crows alike about the risks of dumbing down even as we try to become smarter, maybe just too smart for our own good. 🙂
All YouTube movie clips linked in this post are courtesy of their respective creator(s)
— SSJ, 27 January 2018