From Carmel to Danbury, my journey in haikus

We all have to do it, I see you there with me every day. Unless you have a full work from home job, you have to go to work. This obligatory commute for some can be the most stressful part of their day. Winding and weaving among impatient drivers who are all, most likely, doing the same thing you do – go to work.

My ride takes about 30-35 minutes, and sometimes I take a trip to Yorktown first thing in the morning and you can add about another 40 minutes to that total. So, according to Best places, my ride is above average. They say the typical commute for Americans across the United States is 26.4 minutes, for workers in Connecticut it’s 26.1 minutes, slightly shorter. Many of us there too, 78.2% of the Connecticut workforce drive their cars to work alone, not much carpooling going on.

Google Street View

Google Street View

This brings us to the point of this article and what we are doing here. It came to me on my commute to work, “Highway Haikus”… I don’t like driving to work, but I like haikus. What is a Haiku? I’m glad you asked that question. Merriam-Webster tells us “A haiku is a rhyming Japanese poetic form that consists of 17 syllables arranged in three lines containing five, seven, and five syllables respectively.” I find them fun to write and can help bring color and life to every type of experience or situation.

You don’t have to name your haiku, but as Ethan says, everything should have a name. So this is it.

1 – Call this first ’84’

eighty four cruise

It’s a bit like watching Nascar

With the stupid pilots

2 – This one is… ‘Pothole’

Potholes everywhere

From New York to Connecticut

Think I need a boat

3 LEFT!”

PASSING, left!

NOT just slightly faster

What are you doing?

4 – ‘Audi’

May want to slow down

Ninety-Five is a bit fast

Audi-Guy needs to relax

5 – ‘Trucker’

Eighteen giant wheels

Honda never had a chance

I hope they had a will

6 ‘Tri-Fecta’

Taconic is the first

Six eighty four is the next step

Then eighty-four

7 “No Conscience”

Drive like you do

In a crazy and reckless way

Where’s the fucking fire? !

8 “Volkswagens”

Volkswagen Hatchback

Not a cool thing to do

I don’t think he cares

9 ‘L’

Entitled Buffoon

“L” does not represent Lexus

Go get arrested

I would have used a better, tastier word, but that would have messed up the syllable count.

These are just a few that came to mind as I put more miles on my trip to Danbury from our little place across the border in New York. I’d love to hear about your ride, or maybe you have your own Highway Haiku. Leave it in the comments below or contact me on Facebook.

I added two more on my relaxing ride today, so be sure to check back for updates. Who knows, you might see yours!

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