today’s audience participation

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

    Comment by Rick — November 9, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

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

    Comment by geezerette — November 9, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

  3. 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...]

    Comment by ZZMike — November 9, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

  4. after the voting
    comes the recrimination
    So Obie cuts out

    Comment by mojo — November 9, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

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

    Comment by bocopro — November 9, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

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

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 9, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

  7. eleven six is
    nine eleven inverted
    history is pissed

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 9, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

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

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 9, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

  9. 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.

    Comment by bocopro — November 9, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

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

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 9, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

  11. tree of liberty
    from tyrants and patriots
    blood for watering

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 9, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

  12. Haiku
    Scmaiku
    I just hate the bastard.

    Comment by JoeBandmember® — November 9, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

  13. 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.

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 9, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  14. ^^^Joebm^^^:)))

    Comment by geezerette — November 9, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

  15. after the spanking
    we expect the anal sex
    kill the centipede

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 9, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

  16. 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”

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 9, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

  17. fucked fucked fucked fucked fucked
    boned boned boned boned boned boned boned
    maybe also screwed

    Comment by apotheosis — November 9, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

  18. I am mad and sad

    mad sad mad mad mad mad mad

    Oh pffft what ever

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — November 9, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

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

    Comment by accipiter NW — November 9, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

  20. 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.

    Comment by Steve Skubinna — November 9, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

  21. 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.

    Comment by JoeBandMember® — November 9, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

  22. 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.

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 9, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

  23. 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

    Comment by Paldin — November 9, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

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

    Comment by Hog Whitman — November 9, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

  25. 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.

    Comment by Steve Skubinna — November 9, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

  26. 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

    Comment by Rededmonds — November 10, 2012 @ 12:13 am

  27. karma is a bitch…

    Obama’s purgatory:
    sleep with fat michelle

    Comment by joey — November 10, 2012 @ 7:48 am

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

    Comment by Freddie Sykes — November 10, 2012 @ 8:17 am

  29. ^!!!!!!!! LMFAO!!!!!!!!!^

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — November 10, 2012 @ 8:34 am

  30. 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.

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — November 10, 2012 @ 8:54 am

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

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — November 10, 2012 @ 9:00 am

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

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 10, 2012 @ 11:20 am

  33. seed corn is looted
    congratulations you fools
    nature sends Sandy

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 10, 2012 @ 11:22 am

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

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 10, 2012 @ 11:27 am

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

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 10, 2012 @ 11:31 am

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

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 10, 2012 @ 11:34 am

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

    Comment by JoeBandMember&#174 — November 10, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

  38. like a cat
    he shits
    and hides it

    Comment by JoeBandMember® — November 10, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

  39. the new religion
    no fair counting your fingers
    totally fucked now

    Comment by Hog Whitman — November 10, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

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

    Comment by Hog Whitman — November 10, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

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

    We need limericks. The dirtier, the better.

    Comment by PeggyU — November 11, 2012 @ 12:53 am

  42. #38— like the cat
    he shits
    and hides it
    like a nose
    it finds it.

    Comment by geezerette — November 12, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

  43. PeggyU (#41)

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

    Comment by ZZMike — November 12, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

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