25 January 2010

Haiku 2010/25

Corpulent corpses
Jitter jauntily homeward:
Stench of rotting meat


Shushu said...

Why does this make me think of Victorian novels (which I love)?

pjwv said...

Wow. Interesting. I was kind of thinking of Brueghel (as well as my daily experiences). Here's my guess: it has kind of a Dickensian bounce to it (which is similar to the Brueghel bounce) and it also has his grotesquerie and the third line, which is meant to twist the mood in a sardonic way, is like the satirical undertow in his novels. So I'm hoping you were thinking more in the Dickensian line than, say, of Gaskell or Trollope.