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Haiku is a noun that is the same in both the singular and plural.

Haiku reminds us that we can have poetic thoughts despite the anarchic despair and senseless destruction always bubbling up around us.

Here are five haiku about some prevalent news stories from the past few days. You guess what the hell I’m talking about.

we all want to see
what they can’t show on tv
password: hollywood

(this weekend’s iPhone hacking and celebrity nude photo circulation scandal)

first kept out natives
now keeps in all the money
welcome to wall street

(eric cantor accepting a banking job on wall street after leaving government)

you can’t get a job
but even the dole’s worth more
with your bachelor’s

(study finds college degrees are worth $272,692.00 in lifetime earnings in the u.s.a.)

try to extricate
but this fresh blood gets sticky
our handshakes get caught

(the islamic state of iraq and the levant, the murder of steven sotloff, and american involvement in the mena region)

like an old ironclad
out for a russian coast cruise
show us why you got!

(nato, meeting for the first time in two years, supporting ukraine)

 

 

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