Skip to content

Haiku: A Third Rate Romance


“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.” Bernard Williams

 Haiku: A Third Rate Romance ... Starry eyed in Pink boots exits the cafe

Haiku: A Third Rate Romance … Starry eyed in Pink boots exits the cafe

Haiku: A Third Rate Romance ... Pink boots exit the cafe

Haiku: A Third Rate Romance … Starry eyed in Pink boots exits the cafe

A date night in June
He, Sharp shark. She, Starry eyed
Dress code: casual … cool

Cafe on Main St
Sharp shark is early, She … late
Bad start to a date

Starry eyes strolls in
Casual cool, leggings, PINK boots
Sharp shark looks … surprised

Have you ever had a third rate romance unfold? Many of us have had awkward moments trying to find/build a relationship with someone new. For this exercise, I decided to modify a true  story to protect the innocent/guilty. In new relationships, we often have expectations that might not gel with reality. Humor and clarity help but, if one party really dislikes what the other loves, it is probably best to scram…  Go where you’re loved.


“He was everything your mother warned you about when she told you not to walk alone in the dark.” Nenia Campbell

 Haiku: A Third Rate Romance ... Starry eyed in Pink boots exits the cafe

Haiku: A Third Rate Romance … Starry eyed in Pink boots exits the cafe

Haiku: A Third Rate Romance ... Pink boots exit the cafe

Haiku: A Third Rate Romance … Starry eyed in Pink boots exits the cafe

She, finds him … cringes
Zoot suit, Wall Street bound … black shoes
Exit signs in eyes

Sharp Shark speaks: “You’re late!”
Starry eyes replies: “Shucks! Tea?”
Fingers snap … Waiter!

Intros, Orders, taken
Sharp shark, drones on … She, fidgets
Drinks arrive … two bills


How did it end?  Have you ever had a first date the was far off in left field that you wanted to get up and run out of the building?  If we’re sincere, we might even admit being on the flip side of a third rate romance, at least once; you know, the one who sat while the other party bolted.  Whatever the  memory, it’s fine because these incidents add something to our bag of life stories and experience.  Ha!

More Below!

 “Romance is everything.” Gertrude Stein

Haiku: A Third Rate Romance ... Pink boots exit the cafe

Haiku: A Third Rate Romance … Starry eyed in Pink boots exits the cafe

Sharp shark shares his … “taste”
High heels, tight skirts, black boots … silks
Stylish gals, cheap thrills

Starry eyes smiles … stands
Nary a Bye!, Pink Boots … scrams
A 3rd Rate Romance

What inspired this version of a 3rd rate romantic escapade?  First off, the WordPress prompt got me thinking about some disastrous encounters. Then, I looked at a pair of Pink Doc Martens I bought recently, and an idea formed in my head… Interesting about the creative muse, right? Lately, I’ve taken advantage of the Haiku form in creating pieces that, while they still follow the 5-7-5 syllable format, also tell an obvious, straight up story. I tell the story without too many short, symbolic, coded  metaphors. I still love to use some but, the storytelling is also clear. Hope you enjoyed this Wednesday creative writing challenge.

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme – Third Rate Romance  – below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Third Rate Romance Tell us your funniest relationship disaster story.

Positive Motivation Tip:  All relationships and/or romantic exchanges leave us with memories that we can learn from and cherish. Make peace with yours.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

24 Comments leave one →
  1. Jacqui Odell permalink
    17/12/2015 12:48 pm

    I love those shoes!! They are so cute!!


  2. michele d permalink
    17/12/2015 1:02 pm

    I love the color of those boots. Those would be perfect for my sister.


  3. Maria Lianos-Carbone permalink
    17/12/2015 2:12 pm

    Great boots! Love the colour – I had a black pair of Doc Martens as a teen. Tempted to buy a new pair 🙂


  4. Amanda permalink
    17/12/2015 3:04 pm

    Unfortunately I have had one too many third rate romances. Thankfully I never had that problem with shoes. Never met a pair I didn’t like!


  5. patricemfoster permalink
    17/12/2015 4:59 pm

    I can’t think of any relationship disaster at present that has occur to me. But I feel comfortable trusting my gut feelings…..And walking away is my only choice.


  6. CouponGal permalink
    17/12/2015 5:48 pm

    far as i’m concerned, anybody who can connect Haiku and pink boots 🙂


  7. Shann Eva permalink
    17/12/2015 7:36 pm

    Interesting topic to pair with pink Doc Martins. They remind me of my husband’s fashion sense, and that was not a third rate romance at all 😉


  8. Ricci permalink
    17/12/2015 8:27 pm

    I love your pink boots!! They are adorable!!


  9. connie creatively renewed permalink
    17/12/2015 8:35 pm

    OMG! A sense of humor does help. So glad I’m done with those days. Love the boots.


  10. Dawn McAlexander permalink
    17/12/2015 9:56 pm

    I love your boots. I could definitely see my daughter wearing these! She has a pair that are silver and similar to these.


  11. Lisa Rios permalink
    19/12/2015 10:26 am

    The color of the boots is so different, which I have not seen much before. But I am surely loving it for being so unique. May be I would love to try one such combo or a purple one.


  12. Jonathan Key permalink
    19/12/2015 1:25 pm

    My wife would absolutely love the boots! I think my daughter would like some too if they come in kids sizes.


  13. Elizabeth Sanders Towns permalink
    19/12/2015 1:25 pm

    So interesting! I want to try it. I can think of an interesting dated dating disaster to work out in the haiku, too. And those Doc Martens? Love.


  14. Nicol permalink
    19/12/2015 3:19 pm

    oh my, those are definitely in your face shoes! i wouldn’t know how to wear them


  15. Terri Ramsey Beavers permalink
    26/12/2015 3:00 pm

    I’ve had my fair shares of third rate romance disasters lol. Those shoes are not a disaster though, I want some now.


Please leave me a meaningful, post related comment. Thank You!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: