How to play the Movie Haiku Game

A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression.
— Some Dude
The new game sweeping the block.

The new game sweeping the block.

Welcome to the "Guess The Movie Haiku" game. I thought I would give a few tips to those new to our little competition.

Objective: Correctly guess the movie described by the haiku.


  • Post as many guesses as you like to this blog or "in reply" to linked social media sites.
  • Share a tough haiku with friends to enhance the game play experience for everyone. Working as a team is encouraged.
  • Ask for a private clue by sharing the haiku through social media with your friends. "Tag" me in the post. I will directly message you a clue with swift haste.
  • Submit a movie for me to haiku about. I haven't seen them all, but I do enjoy a challenge.


  • Using search engines is highly frowned upon and discouraged when perplexed by a particular haiku. We all haven't seen every movie, so check with a friend when stumped.
  • Should you guess correctly, you will receive cheers of adoration from me. Then I will delete your guess to keep the game going for others. Don't take this personal. Your clearly a genius and capable of rational thought. 


  • Consider your context clues.
    • What do you know about Matthew?
    • What type of movies would he "haiku" about?
  • Use every clue.
    • The name of the game is a clue.
    • Each line is a clue.
    • Consider every word. You get 17 syllables to solve each puzzle.
  • Do not be mislead by play on words. Some haikus are easy and others are for the hard core movie goer.

Thanks for playing.

-Matthew Ortega

p.s. Let me know how I can edit this post to be more clear or concise.

Find all of my haikus at

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