An American sentence:
A stranger’s reusable bag tore; I carted her groceries home.
What’s an ‘American Sentence’?
Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing the line count freed the American Sentence up for the idiosyncrasies of English phonemes.
- Composed in one line;
- Syllabic, 17 syllables;
- Condensed, written with no unnecessary words or articles;
- Complete sentence or sentences;
- Includes a turn or enlightenment.
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30 thoughts on “Random acts, or: Kindness”
The world needs needs more of those random acts.
💜🙏🏻 Dolly 🙏🏻💜
Leading by example – always a superior method of instruction! Works much better than “Do as I say not as I do”
💜🙏🏻 Muri 🙏🏻💜
I think this American sentence deserves a good deed merit badge. I wonder about the bag person being a “stranger” and a “her,” and the bag being “reusable”–how these facts might bear, if at all, on the randomness versus the kindness of the deed. 🙂
in truth – a big part of my motivation was to teach my seven-year-old by example to be kind to people 🙂
the stranger’s being female had nothing to do with it, but her being a stranger made it feel like more of a mitzvah
And so it was. 🙂
Stranger. No more
💚 Andrew 💚 ~ exactly 🙂
💚 Filipa 💚
💚 Abi 💚 ~ thanks!
I think that’s always a nice and helpful gesture.
💚 Michael 💚 ¬ thanks! I felt it was a good thing to do, particularly to lead by example for my seven-year-old daughter!
Good stuff, David. I think seeing you around here makes me want to write. Although I been feeling rusty lately.
💚 Yassy 💚 – that is an amazing thing – thank you for letting me know!
Timely… one of my reusable bags disintegrated this afternoon. Fortunately, I had just reached home.
💚 Leenda 💚 – oy vey!
Personally I prefer the Jack Kerouac definition of an American haiku as three lines of poetry. With that said, I really like your haiku/american sentence!
💚 Phil 💚 – I’ll have to explore that one too! Thanks!
💚 Brandon 💚 – yep – it happened on Friday during the day as I was walking around and buying groceries for Shabbat with my daughter.
Very good. Another jewel to your crown. 👑
Aren’t we blessed when they are one and the same?
💚 Annette 💚 – yes!