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One of my favorite concepts in literature is when writers and poets use strict literary forms to get a hold of a chaotic or complex concept. Shakespeare often wrote 14-line, strictly rhymed sonnets about the ins and outs of love.

I suppose San Diego’s housing market is about as confusing as love. I bet real estate industry professionals are firing out rhetorical questions to the cooling market like, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

Now, the regulars at Rich Toscano’s Piggington blog have taken to writing haikus about the housing market. Here’s a few of ’em:

Took an A R M

A winter wind chills my young bones

I fear the mailman

This one used seven syllables by mistake on the last line, but painted a vivid image, nonetheless:

I rent only for now

A tiger, I lie in wait

A thirties Spanish I stalk

This poetic post spoke of the rise in inventory and a renter’s resolution:

Sitting on my cash

Too many houses to choose

Can’t wait for 08

These poems are a new, slightly sardonic take on the “Home Sweet Home”-type cross-stitched samplers adorning the halls of many houses. You can check out the rest of them here.

KELLY BENNETT

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