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Starbucks Sees Things Differently : A Haiku

on January 19, 2015

Caffeinated minds
Backwards read the alphabet.
Out jumps MLK.

6 responses to “Starbucks Sees Things Differently : A Haiku

  1. misskutts says:

    Well this just grabbed me! I’ve tried all the various creative interpretations but I’m still trying to understand why you dropped the ‘I’

    • vivachange77 says:

      It took me a while to realize what “I” you meant. You must have read MLK as milk minus an “I”. At least this is what I think you meant. The back story on my haiku is this: Star Bucks put a full page ad in the New York Times yesterday which was Martin Luther King (Jr.) Day in the US. The ad page was a totally black background with the alphabet printed backwards in white letters and MLK in red in the center. Further down the page were the words “It’s time to look at things differently, Again.” I was struck by the idea that someone had even looked at the alphabet backwards and seen that indeed MLK, Martin Luther King’s initials were there – in order. I thought it was a stroke of genius and imagination. I didn’t write my inspiration because it would have been longer than the haiku. You’ve just confirmed again something I have noticed about haikus.I can write from a certain point of view and others read the same words and understand them to mean something else. I love this flexibility. Thank you so much for pointing out this again to me.

  2. misskutts says:

    I am so stupid. Gosh I had no idea about this! I just assumed it was ‘milk’ you were talking about because of Starbucks and coffee. And also that the missing of the ‘I’ could be due to the “caffeniated minds”. Sometimes the meanings are staring us right in the face!

  3. vivachange77 says:

    What you thought I was saying makes sense in the context of my words. I can see that. You’re not stupid at all. I appreciate your taking the time to make your own interpretation.

  4. I appreciate the explanation – I knew that you were talking about Martin Luther King so even though I didn’t know the background, I still felt a resonance from those initials, even without it.

  5. vivachange77 says:

    Thanks for you response. I’m glad you resonated with the initials and I wasn’t being obscure.

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