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Join us every Tuesday afternoon at the Daily Kos community political poetry club.
                    Your own poetry is always welcome in the comments.
                       Bongos, berets & turtle neck sweaters optional.                                
                            The keyboard is mightier than the sword.  
Readers and Booklovers Schedule (note; new series by Brecht to debut on the 22nd!):
DAY TIME (EST/EDT) Series Name Editor(s)
SUN 6:00 PM Young Reader's Pavilion The Book Bear
Sun 9:30 PM SciFi/Fantasy Book Club quarkstomper
Bi-Monthly Sun Midnight Reading Ramblings don mikulecky
MON 8:00 PM Monday Murder Mystery Susan from 29
Mon 11:00 PM My Favorite Books/Authors edrie, MichiganChet
TUE (alternating Tuesdays) 8:00 AM LGBT Literature Texdude50, Dave in Northridge
Tue 5:00 PM Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left bigjacbigjacbigjac
Tue 8:00 PM Contemporary Fiction Views Brecht, bookgirl
WED 7:30 AM WAYR? plf515
Wed 8:00 PM Bookflurries Bookchat cfk
THU 8:00 PM Write On! SensibleShoes
Thu (first each month) 11:00 AM Monthly Bookpost AdmiralNaismith
Thu (third each month - on hiatus) 11:00 PM Audiobooks Club SoCaliana
FRI 8:00 AM Books That Changed My Life Diana in NoVa
SAT (fourth each month) 11:00 AM Windy City Bookworm Chitown Kev
Sat 4:00 PM Daily Kos Political Book Club Freshly Squeezed Cynic
Sat 9:00 PM Books So Bad They're Good Ellid

Join us below the fold for a few poetical offerings.  Feel free to post one or more of your own in the comments.  And don't be afraid to grab the ring of your own hosting gig on the community-driven series offering.

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

Lewis Carroll
Like a butterfly
My thoughts have fluttered softly
Settling here and there.

Melissa is gone
Struck down like spring wheat stalks scythed
As thus Bob, and Jim.

Empty the prisons
Drug and alcohol treatment
Costs less and saves more.

Play nice in the Kos
This is not kindergarten
How hard can that be?

Benedict unfrocks
and chooses to die in a
cloistered nunnery.

The Patriot Act
again proves the axiom
"...refuge of scoundrels".

Franklin once queried
"Is it rising or setting?'
Our actions will answer.

Neither Rome nor Greece
We seek a higher plateau
Free from want or hate.

Fracture the black shale
What could possibly go wrong?
Feed our addiction.

Why should we listen
When the sire of torture speaks
Let his words be wind.

Records set again
A storm of the century
Every three months.

Conservatives' umbrage
Glitter and tinsel distracts
From their hollow shell.

Capitalism
Controlled by cronies is not
Capitalism.

Why pay a fair wage
When it is much easier
To crush the worker?

Teddy Roosevelt
Imperialist racist
Take him off Rushmore.

Immigrant haters
Would unravel the fabric
Which made this nation.

i will not own a gun
Amend the Constitution
If my Choice offends.

I realize that what I have written is not truly haiku, only haiku form.  But as our dear departed CJ once remarked, as some of us debated the finer points of poetical form, it is the words that matter, not how they are strung together.  Feel free to add your own poetical offerings in the comment, in whatever form you like.  And take a chance on hosting next week's diary.  You have nothing to lose but your fear.

I regret that, given my computer constraints, I shall not be able to respond to comments at the appointed time.  But you have my word that I shall read all of your comment at the morrow's rise, and return to you my feeble words.

11:34 PM PT (bigjacbigjacbigjac): Just a little note from the editor, bigjac.

It's the hosting schedule:

Next week is taken,
but open after that.

I like writing it out this way:

February:
19th   LuvSet
26th   open
March:
5th     open
12th   open
19th   open
26th   open

Don't know who will read this so late,
but it's my duty to ask for volunteers
for any open dates,
to keep this series interesting.

I still think just about anyone reasonably good with words
can use my line break trick,
and post something that'll pass as poetry,
good enough for Daily Kos.

Maybe I'll write a dairy outside this group,
and see if I can catch some fish,
I mean get new poets.

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  •  asdf (5+ / 0-)

    A response to your gun control haiku

    I own a firearm
    Bam Bam Bam Bam Bam Bam Bam
    Seven rounds only

    (Thank you NY)
    ((For those of you who were wondering; I'm shooting at a target in my haiku.))

    Republicans cause more damage than guns ever will. Share Our Wealth

    by KVoimakas on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:06:02 PM PST

    •  To clarify that haiku (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      KVoimakas, bigjacbigjacbigjac

      The capitalization of the word Choice is meant to indicate that I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees individual gun ownership.  As is often the case in questions of individual liberty, the opponents of individual gun ownership seek an easy way out.  It was not intended that removing individual civil liberties should be easy to do.  The Constitution would need to be amended.

      I cannot claim to consider the extreme positions of either side to be entirely rational.  But I do tend to default, on questions of civil liberties, to the side which favors the retention and expansion of those liberties.

      Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

      by aravir on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 05:32:07 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  It is love (4+ / 0-)

    I am searching for
    That so called empty space
    Between me and thee
    It is love
    I am in love with
    Born new every moment
    Sleeps not, rests not
    It is love
    I am pruning my wings for
    You didnt know that
    I have wings,did you?
    The next step in evolution
    Is when we break free from
    The gravity and fly
    Yes we have wings
    And we will fly
    Towards the sun
    Burning the wings and all
    It is love
    We are looking for

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:34:49 PM PST

  •  Nice to see these, aravir (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Portlaw, bigjacbigjacbigjac, aravir

    State of union? Meh.
    Thanks a lot, Republicans
    You guys killed our dreams.

    Benedict resigns
    Could it be that pedophiles
    Finally wore him down?

    Demographics shift
    Texas turns a bluer shade
    Aging white guys pissed

    GOP can't see
    Why their message drives us mad
    Try en espanol

    Never one to rest
    Karl Rove grabs for millions more
    For his latest scam

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 03:27:15 PM PST

  •  My dear aravir, I have so much to say. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    cassandracarolina, aravir

    First,
    I'm so glad you copied and pasted
    my edited version
    of the group schedule.

    I just figured out,
    I think it was last week,
    that I could go to the group schedule located in the queue,
    and go to edit mode,
    and copy the html edit mode version of the schedule,
    and paste it in my new diary,
    and then go to edit,
    and make changes.

    I did that,
    to fix our Tuesdays,
    so that the schedule would flow,
    from AM to PM.

    The schedule in this diary has that fix;
    that's why I knew you copied it from my last diary.

    We still need to fix Thursday;
    I might do that later.

    Thanks again for using the edited version;
    that reassures me
    that I'm doing things in a way
    acceptable to you.

    I'm new at this,
    so I need that reassurance.

    I'm closing this comment,
    and I'm posting a separate comment,
    about poetry.

  •  Haiku: Behind the POTUS at the SOTU (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bigjacbigjacbigjac

    Lifeless sunken eyes
    Staring drunkenly out of
    Boehner's orange face.

    He must reek of booze
    How can Joe Biden stand it?
    Oh, he's from Scranton.

  •  Before I get into analyzing poetry in general, (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Brecht

    and analyzing haiku in particular,
    who are these:
    Melissa,
    Bob,
    Jim?

    And how and when did they die?

    I've been active in The Grieving Room
    since the middle of 2008,
    after my first wife, Pam, died.

    If they are close family,
    you could post poetry about them
    in the comment thread, at least,
    on any Monday evening,
    at The Grieving Room:

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    I'm closing this comment,
    and starting another,
    this time about poetry.

    •  Melissa, Bob and Jim were friends of mine (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Brecht, bigjacbigjacbigjac

      whom I met in the rooms of a 12-step fellowship.  Bob, I knew for over 20 years, Melissa 4 years, and Jim 4 years.  Each of them succumbed to the ravages of active addiction in the last four months.  I originally considered making their deaths, and addiction, the centerpiece of this IK.  But it seemed to me that this would not conform to the purpose of this diary series.

      I loved each of these people.  I may, at some point, write a diary for the Grieving Room.  Not, so much, to talk about my process of grief, but to talk about some of the wonderful people I have known who could not make it to shore.

      Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

      by aravir on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 05:41:53 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  My dear aravir, I don't have a college degree (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    aravir, Brecht

    of any kind,
    so,
    I have very little formal education about poetry in general,
    and about haiku poetry,
    I thought the only thing that defines haiku
    is the number of syllables in each line,
    and the number of lines:
    three lines,
    5, 7, and 5 syllables in those lines.

    Actually,
    years ago,
    I somehow got the wrong information,
    and thought a haiku was defined as
    5, 7, and 3 syllables in its lines.

    When I read your words in this diary,
    stating that your haiku aren't really haiku,
    just using the haiku form,
    I decided to look up haiku,
    and take a crash course.

    I spent a few minutes reading here:

     http://www.ahapoetry.com/...

     Writing haiku is a discipline and if you are interested in haiku you are seeking more discipline in your life. Go for it. Make rules for yourself and follow them exactly, or break them completely, outgrow them and find new ones. We are all students and no one "really" knows how to write a haiku. That, however, does not stop us from trying...

    moving into the sun
    the pony takes with him
    some mountain shadow - jr  

    That is encouraging, and a little discouraging,
    all at the same time,
    if you think about it.

    But check out this quote:  

     Beginners (especially if better acquainted with Western poetry) often do well to follow the 5-7-5 discipline at first. Later, when they become comfortable with saying what they want said in the least words, as it is easier to switch to the shorter styled haiku in a natural movement. This does not mean that 5-7-5 haiku are beginners' work; many, many very good writers insist on remaining with the form scheme.  

    I read this whole article,
    two or three times,
    and it seems to me that the author,
    Jane Reichhold,
    simply failed to explain exactly what she meant.

    Her paragraphs ramble on,
    as if the reader is already familiar with Japanese,
    and the challenges of translating haiku
    from Japanese to English,
    while keeping the spirit of the work.

    Maybe I have that wrong,
    but I'm smart enough and old enough
    and self-educated enough,
    I insist that anything confusing to me,
    is simply too confusing,
    to anyone but the one who wrote it,
    or,
    maybe,
    it's not confusing to someone with a post-graduate degree
    in the topic the article is about.

    Anyway.

    Even though I don't understand exactly the details
    of why she said that,
    about making a haiku shorter than 5-7-5,
    and she gave no guides for how short to make it,
    in spite of that lack of clear details,
    I'm convinced she's very smart about haiku,
    and so,
    I feel reasonably confident,
    pending further research,
    that my old 5-7-3 formula
    is a reasonable thing to try.

    And it feels great to me.

    It follows the pattern of English composition in general:

    An article,
    and,
    maybe,
    certain paragraphs within that article,
    should state the main point,
    in few words,
    then an explanation,
    maybe with bullet points,
    each bullet point
    supporting the main point,
    then a conclusion,
    even shorter than the opening statement.

    That's the way my brain works.

    Here's an example:

    Democrats can run the USA
    better than Republicans.

    Why?

    Democrats look at reality,
    and work to put in place
    programs to make life better,
    directly and indirectly,
    for most Americans.

    Examples:
    each part of the social safety net,
    minimum wage,
    food stamps,
    unemployment insurance,
    Social Security Retirement insurance
    a comprehensive package of health care plans,
    covering everyone,
    cradle to grave,
    etc.

    Republicans,
    on the other hand,
    feel that making billionaires more wealthy
    will create enough jobs,
    and church groups will help those truly desperate.

    In summary,
    Democrats want to make sure
    everyone is okay;
    Republicans want to make sure billionaires are okay,
    believing everything will magically fall into place
    for the working class.

    That little essay,
    is my example:
    short,
    longer,
    and extra short.
    (my summary was not that short,
    but you get my intention.)

    I'm going to close this comment,
    and write just one more.

    I hope I'm not taking up too much of your time.

  •  I need to get to bed, but I'll finish writing (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    aravir

    what was on my mind.

    I want to feel a rhythm,
    and use my words as I would in speaking.

    That desire,
    along with writing a little haiku,
    along with a desire to make myself very clear,
    those factors have molded my writing style.

    If I write haiku,
    I want to feel:
    do dum do dum do,
    do dum do dum do dum do,
    do dum do.

    Writing 5-7-3
    does not necessarily give me that feel.

    That's part of why I gave up.

    But let me try again:

    Tonia is my friend;
    wife and ally, eager hands
    touching me.

    Like that.

    I just read that to Tonia,
    and she replied:

    "It's so corny!
    But it's so sweet!"

    That's her short haiku reply.

    Thanks for reading.

  •  should be republished to Street Prophets (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bigjacbigjacbigjac
    Like a butterfly
    My thoughts have fluttered softly
    Settling here and there.
    be a flower for a butterfly

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