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A Collection Of Penn State Haikus

They say you can say a lot with so few words.

Sometimes, when you have a lot to say, the best way to express yourself is in the simplest way possible. Haikus usually do the trick.

For those who don’t know, haikus are a form of poetry that originated in Japan. They do not rhyme but always follow the same pattern: the first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the final line also has five syllables. These poems are also typically about nature.

While Penn State isn’t necessarily “nature,” we at Onward State thought trying to navigate the jungle that is college was close enough. So, feeling a bit creative, some staffers took a crack at channeling their inner poets.

James Franklin spotted
Head blinding, got the khakis
See him everywhere

The Nittany Lion
It’s the Symbol of our Best
And it hates Buckeyes

The old bells chime here
The sounds ringing through the land
As the weary rest

Dearly beloved,
We’ve crowded your seats today
Long live Bloop and Whoop

Traffic is coming
Red light, green light, here it comes
South Atherton Street

She won’t bend to wind
As she gives this school a name
Mount Nittany, our home

Searching for his meals
Saying hi, searching trash cans
He’s Sneezy the Squirrel

She has been quiet
Many will come to join her
Beaver Stadium

Autumn approaches
New color will arrive soon
State College, PA

He’s there every day
The red sweatshirt, a beacon
Rain or Shine, Gary

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About the Author

Charles Reinert

Charles Reinert is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. He hails from Norristown, Pennsylvania and is an avid Philadelphia sports fan. He loves playing his guitar, the color blue, and Tetris. If you feel the need to give him any positive or negative feedback, you can follow him on Twitter @charles_rein10 or email him at [email protected]


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