Have you ever noticed that today’s generation is harder to understand? They spend so much time on their phones texting that they have invented a new language. There are abbreviations, new words, new pronunciations, and even the occasional emoji thrown in there just to confuse things even further.

It’s as if everyone’s speaking in haikus.

I don’t have any kids / But I like making dad jokes / I am a faux pa

If you stayed awake during high school English class, you’d know that a haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. It follows a 5/7/5 pattern of phonetic units, so there are a total of three lines.

This form of poetry is easy, but it can be a challenge to ensure that it all makes sense. Otherwise, people end up leaving off important words just to cram their message into the specific model.

I find that happens a lot in life, too. People are so busy that they don’t stop to see if a specific model makes sense. They just do whatever they want and deal with the fallout from it later on.



There’s a reason we haven’t done haikus for Sherman Pole Buildings. It’s not what works for us.

Think about it. That’s what she shed. That’s only four phonetic units. Quality erections. That’s only six units. We need five or seven to get it into a haiku model. Sure, we could add another word into the line, but that wouldn’t make a lot of sense.

We like to be sensible people whenever possible.

That doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a good haiku on occasion, if it makes sense, of course.


Be an Opportunist

When life shuts a door / just open it. It’s a door. / That is how doors work.

This one works so well, and it happens to be a bit snarky, too. It’s a reminder not to let life get too serious. Although there are going to be times when life shuts doors on you, there are plenty of ways to open them again.

You know what else has doors, right?

We wouldn’t be the opportunists that we are unless we tell you about the ways that you can customize a pole barn in Sherman Country. Whether you want one door, two doors, French doors, sliding doors, or any other doors, they can be added. You can open and shut them as often as you want because, well, that’s how doors work.


Haikus Are Hard

Haikus are hard, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t try to have some fun with them.

If you have trouble counting the phonetic units, we offer some advice in haiku form:

In case of not being, / able to count up to seven, / you can use your fingers.

As long as you don’t take yourself too seriously, you could actually text all your friends using haikus. It would be fun to see how long it takes for them to figure out what you’re doing.

There’s always the possibility that you could end up with an awkward ending, though.

Space is limited / In a haiku, so it’s hard / To finish what you

That’s what’s crazy about today’s generation. They don’t care if they make sense or not. They are out there, sending eggplant and rainbow emojis, letting everyone translate what they actually mean. They don’t use commas, periods, or any other punctuation mark when they send a text, either. It’s one gigantic run-on sentence of thoughts, and it’s confusing as hell.

Unless you’re one of them. Then, somehow, you know exactly when to pause. You know what the hidden meaning is behind the eggplant emoji (or if they’re hinting at wanting some ratatouille later). You can make sense of what they are saying, and you’ll know how to respond perfectly.

That’s too much pressure for me. I don’t know how to make sense of half the texts that are sent to me by anyone under the age of 30. They might as well be speaking in bad haikus.

Sushi Roll

Don’t Take Life Too Seriously

Ultimately, this entire post should be a reminder not to take life too seriously. If you find yourself getting stressed and spending too much time deciding how you want to present yourself, text a friend, or even get through life, it might be time to hit the pause button.

There’s a fun little Haiku Generator that you can use to figure out what you want to say.

It’s a chance to let loose and see what kind of Japanese poetry you can create with your everyday life. Perhaps you’ll want to go through the drive-through at your favorite fast food place and give them your order in the form of a haiku. We’ll give you a hint on this one: Cheeseburger, hold the pickles, would be seven units, so it’s the perfect second line. If you actually like pickles, you’re on your own on this one.

I met a man, Stan. / His nature is Afghani. / Yes! Afghanistan.

Quality erections are always serious business. It’s the one time you should take life a little more seriously because you don’t want a pole barn built by just anyone. At Sherman Pole Buildings, we have over 40 years of craftsmanship in the books, so we know what we’re doing.

We might not be experts at the haiku, but we can build a barn like no one’s business.

That’s what she shed. Though, if we’re going to even try to make it into a haiku, we need that extra syllable. That is what she shed. And yet, that doesn’t have the same flow. It’s why Japanese poetry doesn’t work for us. We’ll stick to eating Japanese food and using their poetry to make some fun dad jokes.

If you decide you want to discuss a pole barn for your own property in Minnesota or Wisconsin, give us a call. Speak in haikus, limericks, ballads, sonnets, or any other way that you wish. Though, no poetry is needed. We’ll build you the best damn pole building you’ve ever seen, whether you serenade us or not.