Top Ten Readers’ Beatles Haikus
Yesterday was National Poetry Day, and today’s the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first single, Love Me Do. In the spirit of both we asked @guardianmusic followers for some Beatles verse in the form most suited to Twitter’s terseness: the haiku.
Here’s a Top 10 countdown of the best we received.
10. @ramshackleMac isn’t a huge fan of their later stuff: ‘White album is great/ revolution 9, not great/ too much LSD’
9. @foxbummer went for a direct quotation that puts an old favourite in a more dadaist light: ‘Na na na na na / Na na na na na na na / Na na na hey Jude’
8. @bengregg93 isn’t so big on Paul McCartney’s all-purpose events closer: ‘the greatest band ever/But will someone please tell Paul/Stop playing Hey Jude’
7. @matthewjh imagines the Beatles joining together - maybe like Transformers? - to earn Lennon’s infamous boast: ‘John, Paul, George, Ringo / Put them together and they’re / Bigger than Jesus’
6. @LizJonesSings goes all Proustian: ‘John, Paul, Ringo, George / To you I danced with mum / cooking spaghetti’
5. @Johneccleston's not a big fan of Octopus's Garden, clearly: ‘Fifty years later / One big mystery remains / Why let Ringo sing?’
4. @Inat40's artful enjambment and playful punnage earns an (unfair) swipe at Yoko: ‘Back in the Sixties / they did some songs but Ono! / Yoko ruined it’
3. @harpreeeeeeeet praises Here Comes the Sun in enigmatic style: ‘A classic from George / Sun is full of sweet relief / like a balmy breeze’
2. @Bazihnio muses on the band’s Merseyside competition: ‘Liverpools finest / Gerry And The Pacemakers / were really shit though’
1. And top of the pops – @tretsy takes things literally: '“All You Need Is Love”/ Is what the Beatles sang once / What about food though?'