How to Make Popcorn Haiku

October 9, 2008

(thought I’d attempt a recipe in haiku form, just to see if it could be done)

Half cup of popcorn —
whichever kind you like best —
into a big pot.

Add your cooking oil
enough to coat the kernels
and turn on the heat.

Grind some kosher salt
in a coffee grinder, fine.
Shake in and combine.

Grab a piece of foil
and be sure to punch some holes
for steam to escape.

Cover pot with foil
and wait for the popping sounds.
Potholders are good.

Shake shake shake shake shake.
Keep on shaking till it’s done…
your arms might get tired.

Dump it in a bowl.
You won’t need any butter
if the oil was right.

Make another batch, quick,
because chances are your kids
will take all of yours!



  1. Hilarious! I’ll have to remember this next time I teach a creative writing class!

  2. So what kind of oil do you use?

  3. Someone has way too much time on her hands…. 🙂

  4. Hey, I’ll have you know that poem took all of about 8 minutes to compose. Because I am a professional 🙂

  5. Did you write
    this haiku while you were
    cooking pop corn?

  6. Excuse my husband….I don’t think haikus are allowed in Mississippi. I’ll paraphrase:

    Did you conjure up
    this witty haiku whilst you
    were cooking popcorn?

  7. Hmmmm….we’ve been having a dicussion on haikus at our house (yes, it’s another wild Friday night for us). Turns out David was using the traditional Japanese form of the poetry, which uses “ons” instead of syllables and can translate into a slightly different form and meter when converted to English. And to think, I didn’t even know he spoke Japanese! 🙂

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