I love me a good haiku. Perhaps it’s my half-Japanese heritage (Imoo is a Japanese name if you’re wondering; my other half is Chinese). Perhaps it’s because I’m lazy and a haiku – with its 17 syllables – is one of the shortest poems in existence. Or maybe it’s because my Ultimate Canucks Haiku video on YouTube (with over 30,000 views) helped me win some nice swag in the Ultimate Canucks Search contest back in 2007 (I’ve included the video at the bottom of this post).
Anyway, back to the syllables. A proper haiku follows the form of 5-7-5. That is: a line of 5 syllables, a line of 7 syllables, and then a line of 5 syllables. Good haiku (or haikus…you can use either form for the plural) usually bunches the first two “lines” together, and then leaves the third line on its own to conclude the poem. Think of it as a 12-syllable phrase followed by a 5-syllable phrase.
Tonight, the San Jose Sharks are in town to face the Vancouver Canucks in a battle for early Pacific Division supremacy. A big focal point of the Sharks will be their exciting rookie Tomas Hertl. Hertl enters Thursday’s action leading the NHL in scoring in large part to a great 4-goal performance against the Rangers Tuesday night.
An already highly-anticipated match-up now has an added element of intrigue with Hertl. Will the Canucks be able to avenge their opening night drubbing to the same Sharks? Will Hertl continue his hot streak? And will he dare try a fancy move against Roberto Luongo?
In advance of the game, I went to Twitter to solicit responses for a rather unique CHB Top 10. Turns out we have a bunch of poets and didn’t even know it. See what I did there?
Thus, I proudly present to you CHB’s Top 10 Hertl Haiku:
HM: Hertl Hertl don’t u score on us. Hertl Hertl please miss the bus. –submitted by @manlycc
HM: Ahead of the pack, a quartet he assembled. Lu will stop him cold. –submitted by @kdmurray
HM: European kid never been in a fight so Bieksa will try. –submitted by @mrsurreyjack
#10: Cute goal by Hertl. However three years ago, Daniel did it best. –submitted by @ClasssicDave
#9: Of all the damn luck Hertl is good with the puck. Come, Lu – pull the plug! -submitted by @cefair
#8: Sharks are dangerous. Laying Hertl on Rangers. Sets up Thursday night. – submitted by @PuckedintheHead
#7: Luongo, Schneider? That was the past, this is now. Luongo, Hertl. –submitted by @mikejang
#6: I’m Czech Republic hockey player this is dream. To play with sharks, ya? –submitted by @camcharron
#5: Hertl is quite good – he scored four times on Tuesday. Trade Weise for Hertl. –submitted by @passittobulis
#4: Thomas Hertl balls. I’m just saying he’s got game. I don’t mean his junk. –submitted by @jamjamtao
#3: Canucks take on Sharks – oh please Hertl, don’t hurt ‘em. Bobby Lu, stand tall! -submitted by @gloomybb
#2: Look at that kid score. Twenty, thirty, maybe more. Unsustainable. –submitted by @petbugs13