Jul 07 2008

Contest #2: Haiku of the Future

Category: Uncategorized @ 12:31 am

Haiku of the futureFor last week’s contest (see the winner here) we looked to the past; this week we look to the future. Contest #2 will require a willingness to play with language, some rudimentary poetry skills, and a dash of creativity.

For this week's contest you have to write a haiku about the future. I know the title says "of the future", but that's just because it's more catchy. We were thinking of calling this contest Futureku or even Haikuture, so I don’t think you have any room to complain. You can write about any aspect of the future. This includes technology, fashion, food, sports, language, Tony Danza, or whatever. Let your mind wander.

Don't worry if you've never written a haiku before; it's easy. If you can count the number of syllables in a word, you can write a haiku. For our purposes you just have to know that a standard haiku has 3 lines, and that the lines have a 5-7-5 syllable breakdown. That means the 1st and 3rd lines have 5 syllables and the 2nd line has 7.

100 Yen CoinYou can enter the contest by clicking on Contest Entries (also located below) and leaving your poem there. By leaving an entry you are agreeing to the contest rules and terms. This week’s prize is a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com and a 100 yen coin. The deadline for entry is Friday July 11th at 5pm EST. Like usual, our users will determine the winner. You can rate haikus in the Contest Entries section by clicking on the thumbs-up or thumbs-down icons. Friday evening we’ll put up a poll with 5 finalists. You’ll have until 5pm on Sunday to vote. Good luck!

Winning this week’s contest might not make you a famous poet, but it’s not a bad way to start. Let me start you out with an example entry that might make me a famous poet:

It makes crisp bagels (5 syllables in this line)
Then it downloads my emails (7 syllables in this line)
Love my iToaster (5 syllables in this line)


Contest Summary

What you have to do: Write a haiku about the future.
How to enter: Write your entry in the Contest Entries section.
Deadline: Friday, July 11th at 5pm EST
Prize: A $25 Amazon.com gift certificate and a 100 Yen coin.

Announcement: This contest is closed. Feel free to continue to leave your haiku here, but you'll be doing so strictly for our edification. Why don’t you check out the latest update or contest?

166 Responses to “Contest #2: Haiku of the Future”

  1. Gabriel Says:
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    This is where you should leave your future haiku. Lest anyone think us ignorant, I would like to point out that we know this contest doesn’t meet the exact definition of a haiku. In fact, it’s closer to a senryu. However, we’re calling it a haiku contest because a senryu contest would have about as much draw as a PBS documentary about the history of funnels.

  2. Gabriel Says:
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    This is where you should leave your future haiku. Lest anyone think us ignorant, I would like to point out that we know this contest doesn’t meet the exact definition of a haiku. In fact, it’s closer to a senryu. However, we’re calling it a haiku contest because a senryu contest would have about as much draw as a PBS documentary about the history of funnels.

  3. Brendan Says:
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    Woe be the future
    Because the president is
    Hannah Montana

  4. Brendan Says:
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    Woe be the future
    Because the president is
    Hannah Montana

  5. Agent Mammal Says:
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    in 2010
    new regulation for cops
    no more mustaches

  6. Agent Mammal Says:
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    in 2010
    new regulation for cops
    no more mustaches

  7. mclayto Says:
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    twenty ten: doesn’t work
    two thousand and ten: doesn’t work
    two thousand ten: ahhh – that one works

  8. mclayto Says:
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    twenty ten: doesn’t work
    two thousand and ten: doesn’t work
    two thousand ten: ahhh – that one works

  9. Saritah Says:
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    Twentieth of Jan
    The new president arrives
    We love you Barack

  10. Saritah Says:
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    Twentieth of Jan
    The new president arrives
    We love you Barack

  11. IngShoe Says:
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    Summer Olympics
    Overlooking human rights
    In Beijing China

  12. IngShoe Says:
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    Summer Olympics
    Overlooking human rights
    In Beijing China

  13. smodaresi Says:
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    Where’s everyone gone?
    Viruses and cockroaches
    are all that remain.

  14. smodaresi Says:
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    Where’s everyone gone?
    Viruses and cockroaches
    are all that remain.

  15. IngShoe Says:
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    I win your contest
    My prize is from Amazon
    I smile really big

  16. IngShoe Says:
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    I win your contest
    My prize is from Amazon
    I smile really big

  17. mannequin Says:
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    I love The Jetsons
    they’re my favorite cartoon
    life in the future

  18. mannequin Says:
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    I love The Jetsons
    they’re my favorite cartoon
    life in the future

  19. Ellavemia Says:
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    What might we forget
    As we stay vulnerable
    Mistakes will be made

  20. Ellavemia Says:
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    What might we forget
    As we stay vulnerable
    Mistakes will be made

  21. Garrett Says:
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    古池や かわず飛び込む でもミライ

    Into the old pond -
    Silent, unstirred, a frog jumps
    But in the future.

    (With apologies to Basho)

  22. Garrett Says:
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    Ã¥¤Ã¦± Ã£â€šâ€žÃ£â‚¬â‚¬Ã£â€¹Ã£â€šÃ£Å¡Ã©£â€ºÃ£³Ã¨¾¼Ã£â€šâ‚¬Ã£â‚¬â‚¬Ã£§Ã£â€šâ€šÃ£Æ’Ÿãƒ©Ã£â€š¤

    Into the old pond -
    Silent, unstirred, a frog jumps
    But in the future.

    (With apologies to Basho)

  23. Garrett Says:
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    Ivy-covered bricks -
    Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!
    Hey, it could happen.

  24. Garrett Says:
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    Ivy-covered bricks -
    Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!
    Hey, it could happen.

  25. gig661 Says:
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    Fresh water is gone
    Globally warmed, wells run dry
    Salt averse, I die.

  26. gig661 Says:
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    Fresh water is gone
    Globally warmed, wells run dry
    Salt averse, I die.

  27. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    Extinction of man?
    Natural selction is king;
    Why lose weight? Eat! Eat!

  28. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    Extinction of man?
    Natural selction is king;
    Why lose weight? Eat! Eat!

  29. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    Like father like daughter! Read mine, you will know what I am saying.

  30. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    Like father like daughter! Read mine, you will know what I am saying.

  31. Garrett Says:
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    All stories are old,
    There’s not a whole lot to know
    About the future.

  32. Garrett Says:
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    All stories are old,
    There’s not a whole lot to know
    About the future.

  33. IngShoe Says:
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    Polar ice caps melt
    You had better learn to swim
    Row, row, row your boat

  34. IngShoe Says:
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    Polar ice caps melt
    You had better learn to swim
    Row, row, row your boat

  35. Agent Mammal Says:
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    Am I still myself?
    After teleportation
    I am less than sure

  36. Agent Mammal Says:
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    Am I still myself?
    After teleportation
    I am less than sure

  37. Garrett Says:
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    In the near future,
    Prizes will be fifty bucks.
    I’ll try harder then.

  38. Garrett Says:
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    In the near future,
    Prizes will be fifty bucks.
    I’ll try harder then.

  39. gig661 Says:
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    Newborn baby boys
    Notched arrows for the future
    Cyrus and Morgan

  40. gig661 Says:
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    Newborn baby boys
    Notched arrows for the future
    Cyrus and Morgan

  41. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    Men will fly naked
    Women will never look up
    Wonder how they mate

  42. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    Men will fly naked
    Women will never look up
    Wonder how they mate

  43. dlawhon Says:
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    oh no, McCain won
    I should not have made that bet
    Canada, I’m home

  44. dlawhon Says:
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    oh no, McCain won
    I should not have made that bet
    Canada, I’m home

  45. Brendan Says:
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    Love? Bliss? Happiness?
    Can it be that I’ve found it??
    Nope, she’s a robot.

  46. Brendan Says:
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    Love? Bliss? Happiness?
    Can it be that I’ve found it??
    Nope, she’s a robot.

  47. vlad Says:
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    carbon credits hoax
    Big Ag, Market Traders cheer
    poor of the world starve

  48. vlad Says:
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    carbon credits hoax
    Big Ag, Market Traders cheer
    poor of the world starve

  49. vlad Says:
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    Buffy-bot?

  50. vlad Says:
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    Buffy-bot?

  51. gig661 Says:
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    Nation of cryers
    Sad songs, grief, onions galore
    Our cars fueled by tears.

  52. gig661 Says:
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    Nation of cryers
    Sad songs, grief, onions galore
    Our cars fueled by tears.

  53. IngShoe Says:
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    Next superpower
    I sure hope it’s India
    Bollywood movies!

  54. IngShoe Says:
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    Next superpower
    I sure hope it’s India
    Bollywood movies!

  55. Beverly Says:
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    Daughter graduates
    Gets a degree and a job
    Start paying Mom back

  56. Beverly Says:
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    Daughter graduates
    Gets a degree and a job
    Start paying Mom back

  57. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    U.S. survives Iraq
    Irag returns to Iraq
    Millions dead or maimed!

  58. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    U.S. survives Iraq
    Irag returns to Iraq
    Millions dead or maimed!

  59. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    G.W. walks mindless
    Heart beating, but dead and cold
    American pres.?

  60. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    G.W. walks mindless
    Heart beating, but dead and cold
    American pres.?

  61. smodaresi Says:
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    This little baby,
    Grown in my belly so big,
    Will be tall one day.

  62. smodaresi Says:
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    This little baby,
    Grown in my belly so big,
    Will be tall one day.

  63. Garrett Says:
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    Three Robotics Laws
    Ouch! Sorry to be rude, ‘droid.
    They’ve found a loophole.

  64. Garrett Says:
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    Three Robotics Laws
    Ouch! Sorry to be rude, ‘droid.
    They’ve found a loophole.

  65. saskia Says:
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    must start studying
    the bar is an awful test
    i think i will fail

  66. saskia Says:
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    must start studying
    the bar is an awful test
    i think i will fail

  67. Debra Divine Says:
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    Waves to the future
    Sprinkled salt delight
    Transition to a bright land

  68. Debra Divine Says:
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    Waves to the future
    Sprinkled salt delight
    Transition to a bright land

  69. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    Ta dada ta ta
    Dum didi dum dadida
    Life is like a rose.

  70. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    Ta dada ta ta
    Dum didi dum dadida
    Life is like a rose.

  71. Ian Randal Strock Says:
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    Future is coming,
    Future is always coming,
    But it’s never now.

  72. Ian Randal Strock Says:
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    Future is coming,
    Future is always coming,
    But it’s never now.

  73. Ian Randal Strock Says:
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    The moon is not far,
    When you wish upon a star.
    Deep space: here we come!

  74. Ian Randal Strock Says:
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    The moon is not far,
    When you wish upon a star.
    Deep space: here we come!

  75. greg hunter Says:
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    When it is finished
    The future of which I write
    Is already gone

  76. greg hunter Says:
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    When it is finished
    The future of which I write
    Is already gone

  77. greg hunter Says:
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    When the Candidate
    Wants not the Presidency
    That’s who gets my vote

  78. greg hunter Says:
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    When the Candidate
    Wants not the Presidency
    That’s who gets my vote

  79. greg hunter Says:
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    Counting on fingers…
    Checking haiku…is more work
    Than we think it is

  80. greg hunter Says:
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    Counting on fingers…
    Checking haiku…is more work
    Than we think it is

  81. greg hunter Says:
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    Putting more haiku
    Out to be seen is almost like
    Spilling gasoline

  82. greg hunter Says:
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    Putting more haiku
    Out to be seen is almost like
    Spilling gasoline

  83. greg hunter Says:
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    I regret the presence of an additional syllable in post 38. Would that I could edit it again. Would that I could quit while I’m ahead. But now you see my point?

  84. greg hunter Says:
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    I regret the presence of an additional syllable in post 38. Would that I could edit it again. Would that I could quit while I’m ahead. But now you see my point?

  85. pappap Says:
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    I. O. U. five bucks

    Will loan you ten bucks next week

    You owe me Five bucks

  86. pappap Says:
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    I. O. U. five bucks

    Will loan you ten bucks next week

    You owe me Five bucks

  87. IngShoe Says:
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    Darwin did not say
    That robots would rule the day
    Man is here to stay

  88. IngShoe Says:
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    Darwin did not say
    That robots would rule the day
    Man is here to stay

  89. IngShoe Says:
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    Esperanto flows
    Care and understanding grows
    Peace on earth follows

  90. IngShoe Says:
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    Esperanto flows
    Care and understanding grows
    Peace on earth follows

  91. nolie Says:
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    over the hoopla
    children are swimming at birth
    land is now water

  92. nolie Says:
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    over the hoopla
    children are swimming at birth
    land is now water

  93. nolie Says:
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    o satisfaction
    it’s sexy time with Robot
    no need for woman

  94. nolie Says:
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    o satisfaction
    it’s sexy time with Robot
    no need for woman

  95. nolie Says:
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    US paved the way
    shuttle is like crappy Ford
    space now China man’s

  96. nolie Says:
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    US paved the way
    shuttle is like crappy Ford
    space now China man’s

  97. Matt Says:
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    A sun of ocher
    Brings today but tomorrow
    The world a wasteland

  98. Matt Says:
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    A sun of ocher
    Brings today but tomorrow
    The world a wasteland

  99. TD Says:
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    The environment
    Something vaguely profound here
    Call me the winner

  100. TD Says:
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    The environment
    Something vaguely profound here
    Call me the winner

  101. TD Says:
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    “China man’s”?

    Nice. Why not: “Honkies paved the way” to start?

  102. TD Says:
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    “China man’s”?

    Nice. Why not: “Honkies paved the way” to start?

  103. Emily Says:
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    Food is a pill now
    Instead of being a pain
    Goodbye McDonalds

  104. Emily Says:
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    Food is a pill now
    Instead of being a pain
    Goodbye McDonalds

  105. Emily Says:
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    We all live on Mars
    And own our own private stars
    Driving flying cars

  106. Emily Says:
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    We all live on Mars
    And own our own private stars
    Driving flying cars

  107. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    Serene eternity,
    Hell or heaven, which you mean?
    Forget it, neither.

  108. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    Serene eternity,
    Hell or heaven, which you mean?
    Forget it, neither.

  109. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    I want a son babe,
    Wife refuses to have one
    I will make my own!

  110. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    I want a son babe,
    Wife refuses to have one
    I will make my own!

  111. Garrett Says:
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    Craze of the future
    Remodel retro spacecraft
    Nice floating brownstones

  112. Garrett Says:
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    Craze of the future
    Remodel retro spacecraft
    Nice floating brownstones

  113. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    From vegetable,
    To animal, to man, to dust,
    What the heck, let’s love

  114. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    From vegetable,
    To animal, to man, to dust,
    What the heck, let’s love

  115. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    Mind will shrink as does
    Environ and H2O
    Oh, no, we’ll be warms

  116. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    Mind will shrink as does
    Environ and H2O
    Oh, no, we’ll be warms

  117. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    As we breathe foul air
    We’ll become smelly balloons
    If we pop, we’ll choke

  118. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    As we breathe foul air
    We’ll become smelly balloons
    If we pop, we’ll choke

  119. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    To be happy, tell self:
    Tout est bien qui fini bien
    Problem is: we’ll die

  120. hmodaresi1 Says:
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    To be happy, tell self:
    Tout est bien qui fini bien
    Problem is: we’ll die

  121. nolie Says:
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    TD,

    Because it didn’t flow as well. Also,

    China: a national entity occupying a large portion of land in East Asia
    US: A country situated mostly in central North America.
    Man: male human

    Honky: derogatory term for a Caucasian person

    Way to be a wet blanket! Bravo!

  122. nolie Says:
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    TD,

    Because it didn’t flow as well. Also,

    China: a national entity occupying a large portion of land in East Asia
    US: A country situated mostly in central North America.
    Man: male human

    Honky: derogatory term for a Caucasian person

    Way to be a wet blanket! Bravo!

  123. nolie Says:
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    TD annoying
    take offense instead of chill
    he should find a girl

  124. nolie Says:
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    TD annoying
    take offense instead of chill
    he should find a girl

  125. Garrett Says:
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    Nolie, while I’d bet you didn’t mean to offend, I read “China man” and read “Chinaman” – your breakdown of “Chinama” or “China man” is farcical. You know as well as anyone that “Chinaman” is a derogatory epithet. Putting a space in the middle or saying it was for the flow of a haiku doesn’t really change what it is. Your ad hominem attack on TD, instead of a reasoned an fair explanation doesn’t really put you in the best light. To insult him in haiku is not exactly chilling, is it now?

  126. Garrett Says:
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    Nolie, while I’d bet you didn’t mean to offend, I read “China man” and read “Chinaman” – your breakdown of “Chinama” or “China man” is farcical. You know as well as anyone that “Chinaman” is a derogatory epithet. Putting a space in the middle or saying it was for the flow of a haiku doesn’t really change what it is. Your ad hominem attack on TD, instead of a reasoned an fair explanation doesn’t really put you in the best light. To insult him in haiku is not exactly chilling, is it now?

  127. nolie Says:
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    I’m not interested in being put “in the best light”. My aim is to write a funny haiku, not address hypersensitivity. My point is that a “reasoned and fair explanation” has as much place in this forum as a chilling comment breaking the humorous tone of the contest based on a judgement made from a spirit of hypocritical policital correctness. Kindly refrain from threadcrapping. I do not crap on your threads.

  128. nolie Says:
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    I’m not interested in being put “in the best light”. My aim is to write a funny haiku, not address hypersensitivity. My point is that a “reasoned and fair explanation” has as much place in this forum as a chilling comment breaking the humorous tone of the contest based on a judgement made from a spirit of hypocritical policital correctness. Kindly refrain from threadcrapping. I do not crap on your threads.

  129. nolie Says:
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    Alright, I apologize to all for getting upset. Political correctness is one of my pet peeves, and I get heated on the subject. Sorry to anyone who took offense ;)

  130. nolie Says:
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    Alright, I apologize to all for getting upset. Political correctness is one of my pet peeves, and I get heated on the subject. Sorry to anyone who took offense ;)

  131. TD Says:
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    Nolie, when you explain, you insult your critics. When you apologize, you insult your critics. Forgive me for finding your apology more than a little insincere.

    In my understanding, political correctness, when used negatively, is protesting or stopping legitimate discussion on the basis of insulting a vaguely defined group. I didn’t say, “You can’t criticize China!” I didn’t say, “You have to pretend China is not competing with US!”
    I said using “China man” – a well-known racial slur dating from the time of Western Imperialism in China and which carries a feeling of backwardness – was not very nice. I tried to make it light-hearted and to give you an example of how it is offensive by placing a parallel. Clearly, I failed and you did not take the point. I apologize if my syntax was offensive. I should be more careful in English perhaps.

    I pointed out your oversight (I don’t mean to accuse you of racism) and you responded with unwarranted rudeness. Garret politiely explained why it was offensive and you did the same to him.

    Then you apologized for geting upset, not for considering humor more important than consideration for other people. Not for rudely insulting someone who was polite to you. This is immature. This is bad manners.

    I pointed out that “Chinaman” is offensive, this is not political correctness. I would guess that you would not have the same reaction if someone used “N” word, but it is OK to deride Chinese? Please explain this.

    If you said, “Sorry, I didn’t think about it,” it would be finished. Instead, you made it seem my fault and you gave a phony explanation of what you did.

    It’s sad that you get “heated up” about the idea of politeness to people who aren’t white male Americans. It’s also sad that you accuse people who ask to reconsider of hypocrisy. Please check a dictionary for the word’s meaning.

    If your reply is going to be to try to insult me again, don’t waste your time.

  132. TD Says:
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    Nolie, when you explain, you insult your critics. When you apologize, you insult your critics. Forgive me for finding your apology more than a little insincere.

    In my understanding, political correctness, when used negatively, is protesting or stopping legitimate discussion on the basis of insulting a vaguely defined group. I didn’t say, “You can’t criticize China!” I didn’t say, “You have to pretend China is not competing with US!”
    I said using “China man” – a well-known racial slur dating from the time of Western Imperialism in China and which carries a feeling of backwardness – was not very nice. I tried to make it light-hearted and to give you an example of how it is offensive by placing a parallel. Clearly, I failed and you did not take the point. I apologize if my syntax was offensive. I should be more careful in English perhaps.

    I pointed out your oversight (I don’t mean to accuse you of racism) and you responded with unwarranted rudeness. Garret politiely explained why it was offensive and you did the same to him.

    Then you apologized for geting upset, not for considering humor more important than consideration for other people. Not for rudely insulting someone who was polite to you. This is immature. This is bad manners.

    I pointed out that “Chinaman” is offensive, this is not political correctness. I would guess that you would not have the same reaction if someone used “N” word, but it is OK to deride Chinese? Please explain this.

    If you said, “Sorry, I didn’t think about it,” it would be finished. Instead, you made it seem my fault and you gave a phony explanation of what you did.

    It’s sad that you get “heated up” about the idea of politeness to people who aren’t white male Americans. It’s also sad that you accuse people who ask to reconsider of hypocrisy. Please check a dictionary for the word’s meaning.

    If your reply is going to be to try to insult me again, don’t waste your time.

  133. Garrett Says:
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    Why don’t you guys both calm down?

    TD, it’s safe to say Nolie’s not a racist and that his unfortunate usage caused unintended offense. When this was pointed out, he got defensive. No need for this to escalate.

    Nolie, it would be wise to respond with reason first and save the insults.
    I apologize for implying racism on your part, that was not my intent. Nor was it my intention to “carp” on “your” thread.

    NB:
    “Hypocrisy” is doing what one speaks or acts against – a DEA agent recreationally using drugs, for instance.

    Political correctness usually carries a feeling of excess, like this.

    Now, can you guys kiss and make nice or does the omnipotent moderator need to do it.

  134. Garrett Says:
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    Why don’t you guys both calm down?

    TD, it’s safe to say Nolie’s not a racist and that his unfortunate usage caused unintended offense. When this was pointed out, he got defensive. No need for this to escalate.

    Nolie, it would be wise to respond with reason first and save the insults.
    I apologize for implying racism on your part, that was not my intent. Nor was it my intention to “carp” on “your” thread.

    NB:
    “Hypocrisy” is doing what one speaks or acts against – a DEA agent recreationally using drugs, for instance.

    Political correctness usually carries a feeling of excess, like this.

    Now, can you guys kiss and make nice or does the omnipotent moderator need to do it.

  135. Garrett Says:
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    Sorry for the typos. It was not my intent to “crap” on “your” thread.

  136. Garrett Says:
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    Sorry for the typos. It was not my intent to “crap” on “your” thread.

  137. nolie Says:
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    A big smooch to TD & Garrett. :) Hope you enjoyed the energized debate and I look forward to weekly contest #3!! Go mentalmagma.com! Games and a whole lot more.

  138. nolie Says:
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    A big smooch to TD & Garrett. :) Hope you enjoyed the energized debate and I look forward to weekly contest #3!! Go mentalmagma.com! Games and a whole lot more.

  139. vlad Says:
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    Td, I notice that you didn;t hesitate to use the epithet for white males. Why didn’t you select another group to insult? Maybe because it’s ok to insult white males? Racism at its most blatant, but you’ve obviously drunk the kool-aid, so I guess I can overlook. You may respond by saying that you are a white male, so you can’t possibly be racist toward white men. If so, I would suggest that you shed some guilt unless you’re really oppressing someone. If you aren’t a white male, disregard the last three sentences.

    Nolie, I was on your side until you rolled over.

  140. vlad Says:
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    Td, I notice that you didn;t hesitate to use the epithet for white males. Why didn’t you select another group to insult? Maybe because it’s ok to insult white males? Racism at its most blatant, but you’ve obviously drunk the kool-aid, so I guess I can overlook. You may respond by saying that you are a white male, so you can’t possibly be racist toward white men. If so, I would suggest that you shed some guilt unless you’re really oppressing someone. If you aren’t a white male, disregard the last three sentences.

    Nolie, I was on your side until you rolled over.

  141. Agent Mammal Says:
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    Vlad, I don’t think Nolie “rolled over”, I think he was trying to smooth things over so people would want to continue writing haikus. Also, TD used honkey as an example of an additional racist remark. I don’t think that qualifies him as a racist. I’m not saying you don’t have a point about racism being possible against everyone, including white men, I’m just trying to smooth things over so people want to write haikus (or whatever the next contest will be) again. Cheers.

  142. Agent Mammal Says:
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    Vlad, I don’t think Nolie “rolled over”, I think he was trying to smooth things over so people would want to continue writing haikus. Also, TD used honkey as an example of an additional racist remark. I don’t think that qualifies him as a racist. I’m not saying you don’t have a point about racism being possible against everyone, including white men, I’m just trying to smooth things over so people want to write haikus (or whatever the next contest will be) again. Cheers.

  143. IngShoe Says:
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    Words cut like a knife (5)
    They are weapons if misused (7)
    Choose them carefully (5)

    (Will I ever be able to write in non-haiku form again?!?)

  144. IngShoe Says:
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    Words cut like a knife (5)
    They are weapons if misused (7)
    Choose them carefully (5)

    (Will I ever be able to write in non-haiku form again?!?)

  145. greg hunter Says:
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    This site says for ideas you’ll get paid
    And I really don’t mean to sound staid
    But did anyone note
    What Nolie next wrote
    When he suggested that TD get laid?

    Or aren’t limericks next?

    Go figure.

  146. greg hunter Says:
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    This site says for ideas you’ll get paid
    And I really don’t mean to sound staid
    But did anyone note
    What Nolie next wrote
    When he suggested that TD get laid?

    Or aren’t limericks next?

    Go figure.

  147. Gabriel Says:
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    Very nice.

  148. Gabriel Says:
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    Very nice.

  149. greg hunter Says:
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    Just wanted to point out that even those of us who are self-proclaimed guardians of correctness are merely hypocrites as long as we are self-selective about whom we guard.

  150. greg hunter Says:
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    Just wanted to point out that even those of us who are self-proclaimed guardians of correctness are merely hypocrites as long as we are self-selective about whom we guard.

  151. vlad Says:
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    Greg, while I can appreciate and respect your consistency, the
    very idea that one can use the term “guardians of correctness”
    with a straight face boggles my mind. I half expect the UPS man
    to show up at the front door with a package with a big ACME logo
    on it. Last night I had composed about three pages dealing with
    the absolute nonsense of political correctness and the dangers
    it poses to a free society, but cyberspace ate it, so I’ve taken
    that occurrence as an omen to tone down my response. How about a
    good old fashion book-burnin’ to ensure that no material offensive
    to anyone can ever be made available to the poor bleating masses.
    I can’t wait for the speech police and a little later, the thought
    police to show up at the front door to serve their warrants. I
    guess that the definition of “free thinker” has been given a new
    definition since I first took up the mantle 40 years ago. Sticks
    and stones.

  152. vlad Says:
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    Greg, while I can appreciate and respect your consistency, the
    very idea that one can use the term “guardians of correctness”
    with a straight face boggles my mind. I half expect the UPS man
    to show up at the front door with a package with a big ACME logo
    on it. Last night I had composed about three pages dealing with
    the absolute nonsense of political correctness and the dangers
    it poses to a free society, but cyberspace ate it, so I’ve taken
    that occurrence as an omen to tone down my response. How about a
    good old fashion book-burnin’ to ensure that no material offensive
    to anyone can ever be made available to the poor bleating masses.
    I can’t wait for the speech police and a little later, the thought
    police to show up at the front door to serve their warrants. I
    guess that the definition of “free thinker” has been given a new
    definition since I first took up the mantle 40 years ago. Sticks
    and stones.

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