Savage Chickens - Haiku Fun

And that, dear readers,
Marks another big milestone:
Six hundred cartoons!

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53 Responses to Haiku Fun

  1. onehugeeye says:

    happy sixhudredth birthday

  2. Anonymous says:

    second line has one
    sylable too much. you should
    count more carefully.

  3. Janiv says:

    That is very nice,
    however, the second line
    is a bit too long.

  4. Cuidado says:

    Congratulations on 600.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Doug don’t worry about that second line, it’s disputable. You know, poetic license and all.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I dunno, the word “entire” could be only two syllables depending on the pronunciation. Methinks some people are nitpicky.

  7. ChickMeg95 says:

    Happy Six Hundredth! May there be another 600! And more!

  8. Playtah says:

    Happy 600! That’s like, 4,200 in dog cartoons.

    I don’t mind about the second line….I like em’ long. Er, wordy.

  9. rotts says:

    Hey, anonymous,

    “entire” consists of only

    two syllables, man!

  10. Dennis says:

    I am missing the ‘extra sylable’ point. I count seven. Haiku is 2 I think. So isn’t entire. the count seems to be 2 1 1 2 1 which adds to 7.

  11. WhizGidget says:

    Six hundred, huge achievement
    Keep up the great work!

    Doug, you’ve done outstanding work – congratulations!

  12. Anonymous says:

    May the chickens never die!
    Regarding line two,

    Check your sources, folks.
    “Entire” has TWO syllables.
    Look it up and see.

  13. SeriousCat says:

    woot, and may there be 600 nay, 6000 more.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I must disagree.
    “Entire” has two syllables.
    Look it up right here.

  15. Log Lady says:

    The second line is fine, since when does “entire” have 3 syllables? By the way: Congrats Doug!

  16. Leigh says:

    YAY! Congrats on the 600th! So how many hundreds of $$ does that mean you’ve sunk into Post-Its?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Only seventeen
    Syllables in a haiku
    Boop boop skidoo yah!

  18. Anonymous says:

    AWESOME!!! 600 times you have made me laugh..chickens ROCK !!

  19. Justin says:

    the second is fine
    if it is read as EN-TIRE
    not as EN-TI-YER

  20. Stacy says:

    Fans are debating
    Whether ‘entire’ has just two
    syllables or three

  21. Jim Pemberton says:

    Let’s see what I count:

    hai(1) kus(2) for(3) the(4) en(5) tire(6) day(7)

    This looks right to me.

  22. Eileen says:


    the second line is FINE!

    pronounce ENTIRE as 2 syllables!!!

  23. Lenpot says:

    Erm…no…you are wrong
    The second line is just right
    You should count again

  24. The McCords' says:

    are you pronouncing entire…en-ti-er?

    or…is it ha-i-ku?

  25. lioness says:

    Sweet! Hope to see another 600!

  26. Anonymous says:

    definition says
    length of second line is fine
    some people need lives

  27. caffeinatedpoet says:

    One syllable off?
    Only for a Southern drawl.
    Speak a faster mile.

  28. Allen says:

    Syllables too much?
    I only counted seven.
    Does “haiku” have three?

  29. The Babe says:

    I counted line two.
    It has seven syllables.
    Isn’t that correct?

  30. Dinana says:

    Six hundred is a
    Wonder, and a thousand is
    even better! Thanks!

  31. Talitha says:

    the entire crowd spent
    too much time analyzing

  32. Anonymous says:

    happy 600!
    I really look forward to the sixty-sixth one after.

    entire is 2 syllables – 3 sounds. tough call. technically correct but is it in the spirit of the poetry?
    Then you have to remember that these are just chickens.
    tasty tasty chickens…

  33. belphebe says:

    Even the nitpicks
    are written in haiku form.
    Bravo, everyone!

    But, I heard Haiku
    was not supposed to read like
    a sentence. Correct?

  34. aly says:

    Congrats on making the 600 mark, Doug! I’m not going to pick apart your syllables, as long as you’ve got your chickens lined up. That is of far greater importance.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Haiku shmaiku why
    who gives a damn when these fowl
    are truly kickass.

  36. Derek_Coleman says:

    Awesome! Congrats on the big 600. Keep ’em coming. 🙂

  37. The Freelance Cynic says:

    600 Posts Doug?
    I have so much to see then!
    Spend a day reading

    Too many Comments
    In 17 syllables!
    Till this one, where the last line was far too long…

  38. Ellie T says:

    Yay! Happy 600 Doug. Although, I have to say some of your syllably-obssessed fans do scare me quite a bit. Haikus never fail to make me happy, though, mainly based on the fact that I can’t make them. And I’d also like to say that the two people who did say that entire is three syllables were on at 1:36 AM or so. It was early in the morning.


  39. A new fan says:

    Curse your comic lots
    All six hundred in one day
    I have read through.

    ((By the way, dear friends,
    Haikus are not always
    Five, seven, then five.

    Though it may simply be
    Due to translation issues,
    The form is sometimes skewed.))

  40. M-L says:

    five-seven-five form
    myth though popularly true
    limit seventeen

    doug at 600
    my heart beats a laugh each time.
    smart, funny, hot? splash.

  41. Gail McCormick says:

    congrats and keep chicken-ing

  42. Anonymous says:

    Hate to say it, but there is a part of haiku that people often forget/don’t know, and this comic defiantly dosn’t do it. The third line in a haiku is supposed to be an image of some sort.

  43. Doug Savage says:

    I love how only
    the grammarrelated ‘toons
    cause controversy!

    Thanks for all the great comments everybody! You people are awesome.

  44. Anonymous says:

    I think the debate about entire is funny. Especially because nobody is saying anything about Milestone being 2 or three syllables.

  45. caffeinatedpoet says:

    Yeah, Doug, I agree. You seem to have a lot of obsessed English freaks (myself included) in your cult following. Apparently OCD grammarians also tend to have a fetish for SC. Keep up the awesomely witty cartoons! And thanks for giving our syntactic skills a workout!

    To “anonymous” – For the record, I did stick up for “milestone” being 2 syllables…. Actually I felt like a complete idiot for doing that, only to see everyone else focusing so much on “entire.” Regardless, SC are sheer genius. I think we can all agree on that.

  46. Doug Savage says:

    heheh and I’m very surprised that nobody caught that I used “haikus” when the actual plural is “haiku”! bwahahaha!

  47. padawan3000 says:

    Excellent work, Doug
    Haiku’s suck at poetry
    They should really die.

  48. Edric Hsu says:

    That seemed pretty hard.
    Until I tried it myself.
    Now it’s really fun!

  49. Anonymous says:

    Though other sources say otherwise, I personally disagree with the statement saying entire has two syllables. I say it has three (dictionaries be cursed).

    Tire seems to be the point of contention, so I’ll elaborate on that. I DON’T think that tire is pronounced tie-ree, but rather that it’s often pronounced tie-er. Think of someone that ties stuff for a living. He’s a tyer. And in my opinion, he’s pronounced the same way as our mysterious tire. Though this may in fact be a mispronunciation, however, all the people I polled (a grand total of one household) did indeed pronouce it this way.

    Thus, the word entire, with the addition of the syllable in front, makes for three syllables.

    Also, Mr. Savage, I believe the plural of haiku being haiku wasn’t caught was most likely due to the foreign origin of the word.

    Best Regards,
    Lord Glathil

    Post Script: Further review of’s entry for entire (along with the complementary audio pronunciation)leaves me to believe that entire is noted as having 3 syllables in the dictionary.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Savage Chickens Rock!
    Keep Up The Terrific Job!
    Happy Six Hundred!

    (haikus are fun!)

  51. helga says:

    tho9se are really bad except for the 2 one

  52. Mark says:

    I’d congratulate
    You but it seems I’m too late.
    Oh well, such is life.

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