By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Apr 17, 2018 at 10:03 AM

Texting and Internet culture created an abbreviated language of its own, but conciseness in communication has existed in many forms for centuries. Take the haiku, for example. It’s usually a mere 17 syllables and yet conveys a message steeped in artistry and immediacy.

And because today is National Haiku Day, OnMilwaukee wants to celebrate this Japanese poem with Milwaukee haiku of our own – and some from you, too.

Barbara Ali published a book last year called "Milwaukee Haiku" that's chock-filled with Brew City short poems. This is one of her favorites, about a popular frozen dessert you may have heard of:

Creamy dairy treat
Whipped butterfat and egg yolk
Smothered in hot fudge

Maybe you haven't written a haiku since grade school, but today might be the day to fire up your 16th Century Asian poetry skills. Haiku are three lines long. The first line is five syllables, the second is seven syllables and the the third is again five syllables – like the first line.

Here are a few I wrote:

An April snowstorm
Makes the brandy taste better
But shandy taste worse

White wings open up
Release birds of hue and light
Then close for the night

The Milverine walks
Perfect pace – no need to run
Shirtless in the sun

You can do better. Post them in the comments section of the Facebook page and you might win yourself a copy of the Milwaukee Haiku book.

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.