Haiku-ing It to the Man

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Friday, February 13, 2009

A few weeks ago we asked listeners to submit original haiku inspired by the state of the economy. Dozens poured in: our own unscientific proof that the financial crisis is a boon for creativity. Here are some of our favorites.

Enlighten Us: Submit your haiku about the financial crisis

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Comments [14]

MARC MORAN from HOPEWELL NJ

DISREGARD QUESTION

THE OBAMA CABINET

IS WHERE THEY WORK NOW

Feb. 23 2009 03:13 PM
MARC MORAN from HOPEWELL NJ

WHY ARE THE SAME MEN

WHO CREATED THIS PROBLEM

NOT DOING HARD TIME

Feb. 23 2009 02:05 PM
Frances R. Reidy from United States

I thought this stimulating show, with admirable results. My own quick attempts still please me somewhat as do many of those you published. I did them just after the show but don't have the knack to post quickly. May I share them anyway?:

Financial Haiku Blues (and Reflections)

Wanting to save cash
Nearly clear out of credit
I do simply without.
Having saved that cash
And doing fairly well
"without" -- pretty cool.
What's it all about
Wolfly hungry for lots more?
Necessity smirks.
Derivatives ruled
with other gamings of greed
Some failures by plan?
Do we really care
to see such mechanisms?
Like sausage of dough, oh.
We go on wishing
like we're hoping for great dope
Send out the money.

Feb. 22 2009 12:28 PM
bill moran from princeton nj


job, house, i.r.a.

vanished like a wisp of smoke

it's only money

Feb. 21 2009 02:37 PM
Krista Farmer from Woodland Park, CO

Government spends, spends.
We, the normal people work.
Government spends, spends.

Feb. 20 2009 11:42 AM
Krista Farmer from Woodland Park, CO

Money is precious.
We batten down the hatches,
looking for relief.

Feb. 20 2009 09:59 AM
John Jackson from Jefferson, NY

Lifestyle downsizing:
Middleclass to poverty;
Tax breaks for the rich.

Economic woes;
Crisis looming up ahead--
Off with their hedge funds.

Feb. 19 2009 07:03 PM
scott miller from Homer, AK

a monument built
on empty philosophy
how could it endure

Feb. 19 2009 01:35 PM
M. Joyce from Oklahoma

What's that Uncle Sam?
Somethin' about a "New Deal"?
... U Socialist, Aye?

Feb. 18 2009 10:11 PM
d williams from DC

Death Of An Ad Exec

A shot to the head
beneath the bedroom window
in a field

the lawn man
sent to find his body
by the wife

at the funeral
search for business by
competitors

Feb. 18 2009 05:02 PM
David M from Brooklyn

Five Haikus that can
Be taken together or
Can stand on their own:

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The skills of nations
Cannot be erased by the
Tantrum of markets.

The surgeon's scalpel
As sharp as the day before
The market dropped.

The violin sounds
As full as the day before
the market's collapse.

The markets insist
The workers must stay at home.
They should disobey.

Bob can still fix cars.
The farmer's car is broken.
They ignore money.

Feb. 16 2009 09:40 PM
MaryElizabeth McIlvane from Altamonte Springs, FL WMFE 90.7 FM

Economic Haiku

Swiftly spring abounds
Bursting light green bright leaves frame
Dollars disappearing.

Feb. 15 2009 06:19 PM
Timothy Jupp from United States

the enpty cubicle entry resonates with me.

Quality time

touching creatures in line

talk soothing.

Feb. 15 2009 10:51 AM
stephanie rogers from Palmyra, NJ


The money gods weep,
Great golden lie-cycle crash,
As Ponzi giggles.

S. B. Rogers

Feb. 15 2009 10:22 AM

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