Canucks Haiku: Unleashing the Power of the 5-7-5


I’ve always appreciated a good haiku.

Maybe it’s because I’m half-Japanese (Imoo – pronounced “E-mo” and not “I-moo” – is a Japanese name). Or perhaps it’s because it’s a relatively easy poem to write with its simple structure of 17 syllables broken into lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables.

Regardless, the haiku has always resonated with me. So much so that when the Vancouver Canucks were making the first forays into social media on YouTube back in 2007, I won the title of “Ultimate Canucks Family” for my creation called the “Ultimate Canucks Haiku”. See a younger Sean and an even younger Jacob try to master the Japanese poetry even if they hadn’t yet mastered the English language.

At 31,000 views, this video is my 3rd most-viewed video (only behind “SOAR” and “Under John Tortorella”) and in essence it launched my YouTube channel and my desire to make more Canucks-related videos including the song parodies. So you have this video to thank….or to blame haha.

But I digress.

Seven years later, I’ve continued to show my appreciation for the haiku by working it into a regular feature of our weekly C4 podcast here on Canucks Hockey Blog. A few hours before we record, I’ll tweet out a request for followers to submit their best Canucks-inspired haiku and we go from there.

This past weekend, I wasn’t able to get the haiku into our Thanksgiving edition of C4, but I received a number of submissions that were too good not to share.

Thus, I proudly present to you – along with some of my instant reaction – Canucks Haiku.


Charlene Fairchild (@cefair):

Magic on ice back

Vrbadass Sedinery

Sparks win from The Pack.

Clay’s reaction: I really enjoyed the middle line of this haiku. I think Vrbadass could have some legs to it. Or at least attached to it. Think about it for a sec.


Keith Murray (@kdmurray):

A promising start

The fanbase wants to see more

It is still early.

Clay’s reaction: I like what Keith’s done here. He starts his haiku off with great optimism, but then tempers it slightly as the poem progresses. It’s a cautious optimism that comes with 2 wins over the Alberta powerhouses.


Anna Forsyth (@aforsyth03):

We beat Alberta

But need to do much better

Good riddance Kesler.

Clay’s reaction: Remember what I just said about beating the Alberta powerhouses (sarcasm intended)? Well Anna nails the sentiment in her haiku. And she ends with a strong parting shot to RK 17. I wonder if the majority of the fan base here agrees with her.


Earl Gordon (@Sir_Earl):

Good start with 2 wins

Why are the Canucks better?

Tom Sestito benched.

Clay’s reaction: Yet another acknowledgement of our strong start but this one from Earl goes straight to a reason that has nothing to do with the opposition. Instead, Earl takes aim at one of our own. Can’t say I disagree with him. Sestito’s going to have a hard time getting meaningful minutes this year.


Johnny Canuck (@lawyer604):

It’s Miller time, yes

Miller time – stop the puck in

A bind – Miller Time.

Clay’s reaction: Lots going on here. Lots of use of the phrase “Miller Time”. A clever rhyme embedded in the final line. This one’s just fine.


Brian Knotts (@brianknotts):

Canucks in action

Hockey Night in Canada

All is well again.

Clay’s reaction: I really like this one. Nice and simply yet it’s really natural and not forced at all. I agree with Brian: it was too long of an off-season.


Larry Wong (@LarryWong84):

Radim Vrbata

He has a stone-cold death stare

Do not mess with him.

Clay’s reaction: ‘Nuff said.


Why so serious?

Why so serious?

Clay Imoo

Clay Imoo is a Canucks season ticket member and creator of Canucks parody songs. He is a co-host of the C4 podcast and writer of Things That Make You Go Hmmm and CHB's Top 10. More importantly, he is a husband and father.

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  1. October 16, 2014

    […] Clay Imoo presents: Canucks Haiku. I particularly appreciated this one from @kdmurray, because it captures the mood of the form quite well: A promising start/The fanbase wants to see more/It is still early. [Canucks Hockey Blog] […]

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