Robert B. Glenn High School in Kernersville, North Carolina, is where I walked across a stage in 1988 and was handed my high school diploma. The school is named for Robert Broadnax Glenn, who served in my home state’s highest office from 1905 to 1909 and became known as the “Prohibition Governor” of North Carolina. Much better known is the fact that our mascot was the bobcat. My brother is a graduate of nearby rival East Forsyth High School, which is the home of the fighting eagles. Parkland was represented by mustangs, Reynolds was represented by demons, etc.
So this week’s haiku theme is high school mascots. Of course, you don’t necessarily have to write about the one that represented your own school. It could be a poem about your rival’s mascot or one that seemed inappropriate or outdated. It could also describe the mascot that your high school should have had. Have a little fun with this theme. All you need is five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line, like this:
We were the bobcats,
clawing at eagles, mustangs,
and, yes, demons, too.