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Political Haiku 1

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1.
my Indian friend
hates capitalism too–
but not noodles

2.
this girl I know told me
it's on the way out, but first–
all of us would die!

3.
I want to be political
he says–
you are! you are! you are!

4.
my American buddy
is sorry–
he voted for bush

5.
the “war on terror”
is now a “transcendental war”
beyond all reason

6.
nothing matters
he always says–
nothing and everything

7.
marxists
round for dinner–
should the revolution be violent?

8.
tonight I cleaned
three hundred chairs–
I hate my job

9.
the war
is over–
19 dead mice in the garden

10.
she agrees
when I tell her
I'm as red as a sunset in Cuba

11.
in Mexico, where he lives
his car radio was stolen 15 times
but he understands why

12.
at the art museum
she said–
why is everything white?

13.
someone asks him
what it's like being black–
I realise, he wasn't until then

14.
he is a capitalist–
I like having what I want
but I wish it were nicer

15.
she isn't–
doesn't everyone
deserve to be healthy?

16.
peppermint tea
with politics–
she farts loudly

17.
discussing capitalism
before sex–
a quiet night in



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Series 1 of 4 Political Haiku.

Please direct all favourites and comments to the original which can be seen here: [link]

This poem remains the property of Dick Whyte, Robyn E. Kenealy and Solarts.

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Part One: You are here
Part Two: [link]
Part Three: [link]
Part Four: [link]

Notes-

By Robyn E. Kenealy [link] and Dick Whyte

Linked haiku poem (renga) written between 4 and 5am, 28/7/2008. Our second poem together.

Spurred on by Jade [link] and Laurence's [link] linked-renga collaboration [link] - thanks you two, you are an inspiration (and some damn fine haiku writers)!!

Robyn: 1, 2, 4, 10, 14, 15
Dick: 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16, 17
Together: 3, 6, 8, 12
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