today’s audience participation

the state of our union…

…in Haiku!

FreddieSykes

43 Comments!

  1. Rick
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm |

    I don’t know about the state of the union but the state of the republic appears dead.

  2. geezerette
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm |

    The State of the Union is tickin’
    The republic has taken a lickin’

  3. ZZMike
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm |

    We voted for Obama
    We are truly screwed
    Sandy’s like a peaceful day

    [Haiku's supposed to refer to nature.]
    [I'll never figure out how this site decides to double-space...]

  4. mojo
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm |

    after the voting
    comes the recrimination
    So Obie cuts out

  5. bocopro
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm |

    Our vox populi
    Cries, “Chocolate NutraSweet!”
    Goats eat caviar.

  6. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm |

    blue establishment
    Earth’s moon of hope now eclipsed
    f’n Obamaphones

  7. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm |

    eleven six is
    nine eleven inverted
    history is pissed

  8. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm |

    th-th-that’s all folks
    Amer’ca’s left the building
    haiku very much

  9. bocopro
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm |

    ZZMike:

    One of my assignments to a dual enrollment class was to give me their honest attitude toward each form of poetry we’d studied, including everything from blank verse and sonnets to vers libre and haiku.

    Got some really interesting stuff (these were really good kids specially picked for my class, mostly AP types). One kid told me that haiku is an anal-retentive limiting format for futile attempts to project obscure images nobody except the poet would want to consider.

  10. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm |

    the dark ages come
    the republic goes to seed
    we can then resow

  11. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm |

    tree of liberty
    from tyrants and patriots
    blood for watering

  12. JoeBandmember®
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm |

    Haiku
    Scmaiku
    I just hate the bastard.

  13. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm |

    bocopro (9)
    Re: “[h]aiku is an anal-retentive limiting format for futile attempts to project obscure images nobody except the poet would want to consider.” (cute)
    So are mathematics and crossword puzzles.

    As in all art, uninteresting imagery is both the artist’s and the observer’s fault, mostly the artist’s, to my way of thinkin’. If he can’t make his point, even to a rube, he sucks as an artist.

    Kid, just say, “I don’t like it.” or “It doesn’t move me.” not “What I don’t like is invalid.”
    I don’t like most poetry, either; but not because it’s beneath me.
    I attribute it to “failurrre t’communicate.”
    In other words, I think most poets, in every genre, pretty much suck;
    but there are some poets who are wonderful, even some haikuists, I suppose.

    Dunno, really. The only haikus I ever read are in these audience-participation thingies.
    You know, haikuiness.

    See? Now take ^JoeBandmember, for instance.
    He can communicate.

  14. geezerette
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm |

    ^^^Joebm^^^:)))

  15. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm |

    after the spanking
    we expect the anal sex
    kill the centipede

  16. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm |

    my flag is now furled
    but it’s still in its pole mount
    mute witness to treason

    my flag is now furled
    but it’s still in its pole mount
    crying “treachery”

  17. apotheosis
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm |

    fucked fucked fucked fucked fucked
    boned boned boned boned boned boned boned
    maybe also screwed

  18. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm |

    I am mad and sad

    mad sad mad mad mad mad mad

    Oh pffft what ever

  19. accipiter NW
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm |

    Scaley-eyed electorate
    War class envy free hand out guy
    Who is income-bent.

  20. Steve Skubinna
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm |

    Joe, so haiku appeals to the Sheldon Leonards among us? I can live with that. When I worked for the US District Court in Seattle we (the IT staff) had interminable meetings. Once, during a particularly painful one during which I saw many members of the clerk’s office peer, with visible frustration, through the windows at our sheer awesome meetingness, I wrote my death haiku and passed it around:

    Meetings without end
    How long can this continue
    I shall kill myself.

    That meeting ended about three seconds after the haiku got to the moderator. Whether he knew that I possessed a tanto is probably irrelevant. Of ocurse, if he knew that I had a katana it may have influenced his decision to close the meeting.

    DougM, you just don’t get poetry. It is intended to let the poet establish his moral and intellectual superiority over the reader. Except for declasse shit like, say Kipling. Or that fucking Homer dude. Rule of thumb: if a nebbish like you can understand and appreciate it, it isn’t poetry.

  21. JoeBandMember®
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm |

    I just learned that Rob McKenna conceded the WA Governor’s race to leftist greener creep Jay inslee.

    Now I gotta go and throw up again.

    This REALLY sucks.

    Now there is only one Republican left in any of the statewide races here in WA, Kim Wyman running for Secretary of State, and there’s over 200,000 votes to be counted yet in King County (Theattle).

    I will go to my grave firmly believing that the 2004 Governor’s race was won by Dino Rossi, but the thugs in Seattle cheated by adding ballots into the third recount. Republican Secretary Of State Sam Reed did absolutely nothing to change election rules after that. Kim Wyman is the last hope of any fairness in the WA election process.

    Buy all the guns and ammo you possibly can. This country is headed for major unrest as the tyranny of Obamacare goes into effect. Satan has been turned loose, and it’s going to be a very rough ride for several years.

  22. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm |

    Steve (20)
    And here I thought real, janyoowine po’try was s’post’a help a feller get laid.
    Reckon that’s just the romantic in me, though.

  23. Paldin
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm |

    Gawdamn Obama
    Sent my Country down the tubes
    And shook the handle

    Short-sighted bastards
    Voting to loot the wealthy
    Sure didn’t help things

  24. Posted November 9, 2012 at 11:09 pm |

    dammit! I warned you
    don’t start the evil Haiku
    but did you listen?

  25. Steve Skubinna
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 11:38 pm |

    DougM, reread Homer. It won’t get you laid, but it might disconcert the foe. If he doesn’t do the trick, go to Nietszche. Poetry can kill.

    Well, poetry combined with a machete.

  26. Rededmonds
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 12:13 am |

    US Senate:

    dumbest Senator, is now not Patty Murray, Warren wins that race

    WA governor:

    Nancy’s boy Inslee, he’s synaptically challenged, but union approved

    POTUS:

    media in glee, yet four more years of decline, barry’s back in town

    USA:

    Divine providence, bestowed on our great nation, overcomes small men

  27. joey
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 7:48 am |

    karma is a bitch…

    Obama’s purgatory:
    sleep with fat michelle

  28. Freddie Sykes
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 8:17 am |

    Vote of the people
    Like the mandate of heaven
    Oh look! A squirrel!

  29. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 8:34 am |

    ^!!!!!!!! LMFAO!!!!!!!!!^

  30. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 8:54 am |

    debt and deficit
    leaves falling, wheels coming off
    Keep your powder dry.

    Historically pig
    ignorant, “Gimmie! Free!! FREE!!”
    “Democracy” FAIL.

    Look what you did there.
    Free Stuff is not Freedom, Prole.
    Nature takes its course.

  31. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 9:00 am |

    they are slow runners
    take a progressive to woods
    look! a hungry bear!

  32. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 11:20 am |

    Most vote “Eat the rich.”
    The one percent hide their stuff.
    Deathmobile, “Eat me!”

  33. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 11:22 am |

    seed corn is looted
    congratulations you fools
    nature sends Sandy

  34. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 11:27 am |

    can’t be overdrawn
    why is there no more money?
    I still have checks left

  35. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 11:31 am |

    moral progressives
    hand out justice and fairness
    other people’s money

  36. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 11:34 am |

    see America
    goose that laid the golden egg
    now that goose is cooked

  37. JoeBandMember&#174
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm |

    Howdy Doody The Monkey Boy
    will usher in the Great Tribulation
    the nation ignored the warning

  38. JoeBandMember®
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm |

    like a cat
    he shits
    and hides it

  39. Posted November 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm |

    the new religion
    no fair counting your fingers
    totally fucked now

  40. Posted November 10, 2012 at 7:37 pm |

    song does not please me
    start by tuning the guitar
    want some fries with that

  41. PeggyU
    Posted November 11, 2012 at 12:53 am |

    Haiku seems too formal a vehicle of expression, although some of these are brilliant!

    We need limericks. The dirtier, the better.

  42. geezerette
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm |

    #38— like the cat
    he shits
    and hides it
    like a nose
    it finds it.

  43. ZZMike
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm |

    PeggyU (#41)

    There was a young man called Obama,
    ……..