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Quadrennial Haikus

Posted on 2008.02.07 at 00:15
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Elected - Alice Cooper
Please note that I have been bi-partisan in my approach. Your own haikus are of course welcome!

Haiku #1
If Hillary wins
Let Bill be Vice-President
He knows much of Vice

Haiku #2
The word incumbent
Is so very similar
To incompetent

Haiku #3
Why not a Mormon?
Why should such a great country
Not have First Ladies?

Haiku #4
Barack Obama
Yes the name is strange and yet
That’s not the strange part

Haiku #5
Mister Huckabee
Live up to the word Baptist
And go soak your head


(Anonymous) at 2008-02-08 05:59 (UTC) (Link)
I'm curious. What is the strange part?
charlesofcamden at 2008-02-08 06:21 (UTC) (Link)
I will answer your question at face value: As I was writing that one, I thought the "strange part" was that a black man was this close to being a major party nominee for president. As I was finalizing the wording for the haiku, though, it seemed to me that I should send a less obvious message. I have spoken to at least two people who were uneasy about the implications of his name or the "sound" of his name. I wanted, then, to send the message that, while his name may be strange, it is in the end merely a name and is not worthy of consideration, for good or for ill. I think it is much more valid to comment on the "strangeness" of his race, because while people will get used to a name if they hear it enough, the issue of his race will never disappear for a great many people - for good or for ill. And even if we hypothesize that his racial identity would never distort or improperly affect his judgments as a leader, it is simply a fact that he would be remembered for centuries to come as this nation's first black president - while the name Barack would probably become far more common. So I've probably just over-explained and neutered my little poem, but there it is!
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