What the FUCK is a haiku?

  1. a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.

And then I obeyed and wrote a damn haiku, based on a specific cultural belief of death and dying.

The African concept of death has many influences from modern Islam and Christianity, however, certain historic traditions and beliefs remain deep-seeded. 

In many parts of African, people believe that they must prepare (and be prepared) properly for death. People also believe that in not ceremoniously following tradition creates risk for wandering, malevolent ghosts (Anderson, n.d.). In addition, certain African cultures believe that the dead should not be removed through a door, but through a hole in a wall, that will be quickly resealed. This is believed to assist the dead in remaining out of the world of the living (Anderson, n.d.).


Anderson, A. (n.d.). African religions. Retrieved from http://www.deathreference.com/A-Bi/African-Religions.html

Written for Medical/Surgical Nursing course NUR3550


Protect the living
Ensure that death is proper
Don’t let me wander

  My death has power
Weakened are the living
When my journey fails

  Heed ceremony
Lead death astray from doorways
Fill holes of escape

  I lived presently
My soul will travel further
Life will begin o'er