Jack Kerouac

(12 March 1922 - 21 October 1969 / Lowell, Massachusetts)

Haiku (The Taste...) - Poem by Jack Kerouac

The taste
of rain
—Why kneel?

Form: Haiku

Comments about Haiku (The Taste...) by Jack Kerouac

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/3/2016 12:01:00 AM)

    Superb! ! !
    Wonderful, amused by this haiku. (Report) Reply

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  • (10/9/2015 12:05:00 AM)

    If Kerouac's haikus were 17 syllables, they would be less meaningful. Part of the beats' deal is that they were calling all of literary tradition into question. I'd be disappointed if he just followed the rules. I don't understand why we would even want to be form police for this kind of writing. Just let it be what it is, man. (Report) Reply

  • (9/1/2015 6:41:00 AM)

    Excuse my mistake I meant 17 syllables... (Report) Reply

    Jonas Cowles Jonas Cowles (2/26/2017 3:50:00 PM)

    it's ok ever one makes mistake's some time

  • (9/1/2015 6:39:00 AM)

    I totally agree with mohammed! ! ! ! 7 syllables or of the modern age 17 words... Just because it's jack Kerouac's poem doesn't make haiku! ! ! (Report) Reply

    Mark Sak (9/1/2015 6:42:00 AM)

    I'm sorry I meant to say 17 syllables...

  • (4/29/2014 8:34:00 AM)

    More wonderful haiku's from Kerouac! (Report) Reply

  • (4/29/2014 1:33:00 AM)

    .......I love rain poems....very nice.. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Herbert Poetry (4/27/2014 3:39:00 AM)

    Well done. Beautiful idea (Report) Reply

  • (3/9/2014 8:08:00 PM)

    ........a beautiful write...and a wonderful theme.. (Report) Reply

  • (2/23/2013 9:27:00 AM)

    it is not nonsense mohammed~~the power is there but you are imprisoned by the anal retentive poetry crap someone told you, so you cannot feel it.i am sorry for you. (Report) Reply

  • (2/23/2013 9:24:00 AM)

    mohammed, open your mind.the rain is tears....why kneel refers to neal cassady, and also to why kneel to a useless god who does nothing to alleviate suffering that is, if there is a god (Report) Reply

  • (7/16/2011 3:19:00 AM)

    It's an absolute nonsense in the name of haiku. A haiku contains 17 syllables while it has only 7. The structure is not correct. I'm surprised at the wit of people how it got 31 votes and also occupied a place in top 500 poems. It should be removed at once. (Report) Reply

    Earl Grey (10/8/2015 11:54:00 PM)

    The American Haiku is not exactly the Japanese
    Haiku. The Japanese Haiku is strictly disciplined
    to seventeen syllables but since the language
    structure is different I don't think American
    Haikus (short three-line poems intended to be
    completely packed with Void of Whole) should worry
    about syllables because American speech is
    something again...bursting to pop.

    Above all, a Haiku must be very simple and free
    of all poetic trickery and make a little picture
    and yet be as airy and graceful as a Vivaldi

    Jack Kerouac

  • (1/24/2011 11:53:00 PM)

    the spirit of mysticism quest the logic of reason...its great and satisfying to
    ponder of what is the meaning of illusion...God bless...a 10 +++
    (Report) Reply

  • (10/25/2010 8:59:00 PM)

    Why grovel, when the greatest gifts of life are freely given from above, just accept them as they come to you. (Report) Reply

  • (1/26/2010 11:36:00 AM)

    I think it means that rain is just rain. No need to worship, just taste it. (Report) Reply

  • (10/25/2009 4:01:00 PM)

    i dont understand it. (Report) Reply

  • Nasra Al Adawi (3/25/2005 8:22:00 AM)

    Very true...the taste of rain...How it makes you feel... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Saturday, July 16, 2011

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