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For the Love of Haiku

Train packed with Chavettes.
Gollum has discovered bling
and bad time-keeping.

My contribution to this week’s haiku challenge — hosted as usual by the wonderful adollyciousirony at http://allaboutlemon.com/2012/11/24/for-the-love-of-haiku-12/  — possibly requires some explanation of its slang content, for the sake of the international blogging platform.

Chavette is the female version of a Chav, heralding from a town called Chatham in the county of Kent in the southeast of England. To read a full description of Chavettes, go to http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=chavette  As you will gather from entry (2) on the page, they love cheap designer jewellery, otherwise known as bling and are probably the only adults on earth who’d be seen dead wearing hairbands with fake diamonds and rabbit ears.

For those few who haven’t read JRR Tolkien‘s The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, Gollum (the traindriver in the above picture) is obsessed with what he calls his “precious”, which is a gold ring http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Gollum

And, for a bit of added amusement, here is a picture of Gollum embracing the Chav culture:

PS: A small addition to my original post on Saturday — Dolly has just fixed the link to http://allaboutlemon.com/art-game/ag-w-23-sncf-tgv-duplex-speed-train/ so do check out the artgame players and their contributions to the train picture.

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10 thoughts on “For the Love of Haiku

  1. Very cute haiku for this week image plus I learned two words: Chavetttes and Gollum… you’re a genius! xoxo

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  2. Well you are! And great imagination!

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  3. …That’s E.T. driving the train…

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  4. Sarah, this is wonderful. I just don’t know how you do it! I love Gollum with bling!

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    • Gollum is fascinating, pitiful, warped, yet I feel a strange fondness for him. I wonder what the psychologists would say about that?

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      • They say that one relates to all the different characters in a fairy tale. In Rapunzel, for instance, you have the princess representing the softer more passive side, the prince as your more active masculine side, and the witch represents the ‘id,’ the visceral childlike urgent emotions most people have learned to keep hidden, or in control. Gollum seems like a good representation of the id, and we all have to deal with that aspect of our personality. Perhaps we relate and sympathize. He is indeed a fascinating character!

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      • Just as well most of us have learned to keep the id hidden or under control, or we might end up looking like Gollum!

        That’s very interesting what you’re saying, though, but then you are a professional storyteller 🙂

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