Monday, September 16, 2013

Tenancy Haiku

We're always on the lookout for creative ways to express ourselves here on the Tenants' Union's Brown Couch - and this week we thought it would be fun to try our hand at Haiku.

Here's one from Chris:

Section 10
Sharing a house with
A named tenant. We shook hands -
I'm out in the cold.

...and here's my own attempt:

Home for life
Written into law,
No aspiration of home.
No change comes with spring.


We'd love to see what others can come up with - why not give it a go?

If you're so inclined, Tweet your Haiku or post it on Facebook. Mention us, and we'll share it on.

If you drop us a line with your contact details, we'll also give you one of our fabulous 'Tenants Make Cities' shirts for your trouble.


  1. Rain beats on windscreen
    Old women dreamin'. Of rooms
    of their own

  2. The Lie of 63.

    Frigid rooms need heat.
    Warmth disdains a broken house
    Cold hearts numb cold hands.

  3. Mouldy Rental

    Children sound asleep
    Tiny breaths inhaling spores
    How can Landlord sleep?

    by PW

  4. What is a home?

    House is not a home
    Landlords only own the house
    Home is made by us!

    by PW

  5. SW - brutally bleak. Great stuff.

    PW - seriously creepy first effort, and nice lift in tone in the second. Well done.

    1. How does a mother sleep with kids in a damp, mouldy room a landlord refuses to fix? Not very well I can tell you. :) Cheers,PW

  6. Cat looks in, hopeful
    No pets allowed, says agent
    Schrodinger observes

  7. Filthy, broken, old
    How was it when you moved in?
    Old, broken, filthy

    1. Schrodinger's tool box, Leo. Agents use it all the time. As long as they don't look inside a house, they can tell themselves there's no need for repairs.

  8. Bathroom falling apart
    No vanity cupboard
    Landlord won't fix

  9. Hooks, nails, screws, blue-tack,
    Life scuds on a lounge room wall.
    New paint, new mirage.

  10. Blossom is fleeting
    Spring is a season of hope
    But not for repairs

    I have sakura trees and sake to provide inspiration.

  11. Thanks to all who have had a go at our Haiku game. There have been some really insightful, stirring and downright clever contributions.

    If you feel like having a go yourself, it's never too late!

    For those who have already dabbled: if you'd like one of our swanky t-shirts, please get in touch, and let us know where to send it. Best option is to contact us via Facebook, or go to for full contact details.


  12. Section 89
    Family emergency didn't pay rent
    Terminated by tribunal sheriff on my doorstep
    I can't tell the kids?

    Section 51
    Can't choose your neighbours
    Shouting fighting when will the violence end
    Time to call the police

  13. Here's an anonymous contribution, sent to me directly:


    Warm weather coming
    It really won't be too bad
    Me, homeless alone


    Cold and damp, black mould
    Grows freely, untroubled by
    My feeble efforts


  14. Robert's cat at the keyboardSeptember 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    A tenant only
    has something not quite a home
    Negatively geared


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