ZZ Top’s guitar-driven... haiku?

ZZ Top’s guitar-driven “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and “Legs” are among the most memorable tunes of the 80s.

Here is guitarist Billy Gibbons’ fun attempt at haiku, which he also sent to me in advance of a local performance.

Fire up that gee-tar…
turn it up to eleven…
and get it dirty…

I especially liked how Gibbons emphasized the sound of the word guitar, illustrating that he wrote the poem in 17 syllables. Many believe that haiku should be written in 17 syllables­—the first line having five syllables, the second having seven syllables and the third line going back to five.

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