A Haiku - Frustration

Know the issues, think, and speak.

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A Haiku - Frustration

Just one in the world.

I can see what's wrong and wish.

But things just get worse.


"Hands across the aisle"

Why shouldn't they do it now?

Too much "power thought."


They want my vote, but

help me make mine bigger still,

so it counts for more.


Just one in the world.

Knowing what I know still counts.

Some voices get heard.


A. A. R. P.* does.

State delegates get heard, too.

Multiply myself.


Values must be shared.

Joining gives my voice more clout.

Then I can be heard.


Study the issues.

Know what can be done, and speak.

Success is at hand.


Pick issues wisely.

Pick your forum wisely, too.

Stand and be counted.


Writers have a chance.

To say what others don't say,

but can understand.


Logic in a phrase,

witty, satirical too.

Tell it like it is.


Doing nothing sucks.

Raise the alarm, soon and oft'.

Even lost sheep bleat.

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* American Association of Retired People



When we feel lost, it's time to act wisely.

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sereseus 22 months ago from kerala,India

Excellent haiku


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Ericdierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

This made me think and .... I have never thought that my vote did not count. I suppose maybe it does not really count all that much, but it still counts. Thank you.


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phdast7 22 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Demas- Excellent. I would never have thought to do a poem at all, much less a haiku about political and civic involvement. How cool is this. :) Definitely sharing. Theresa


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Victoria Lynn 22 months ago from Arkansas, USA

Well said. I especially like the "hands across the aisle" stanza. If the government had more of that, our votes really would count for more, I think.


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FlourishAnyway 22 months ago from USA

I especially like "pick issues wisely" one. Keep on writing!


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

sereseus - Hey, get some more of your Hubs on here, too!


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Ericdierker - Provocative? Yep, that's what I tried to be on this one. Have a great weekend, Eric.


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

phdast7 - I set out to write something about frustration, and the politics of the day turned out to be the foam on the top of the beer. All Americans should be rather frustrated as we approach the last week in January 2015 and all the media can cover is "Who is running in 2016?"

We have work to get done now, serious work, and daydreaming about 2016 won't get it done. Time to crack the whip!


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Victoria Lynn - Lately there have been lots of hand across the aisle, but in the shape of fists! It's time for serious, reasoned, intelligent debates toward solving problems, and then actions to solve them, one after another.

Let's find out where we are going, why we are, and together.


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

FlourishAnyway - No danger of my halting my writing, but it is always nice when someone like you and others pick a phrase that strikes them, or comments about specifics.

So far, this has comments from five Hubbers, four scores entered, 13 views, and five "Unfollows."

Hopefully I am not replying to a commenter who has already "Unfollowed"!

Keep the dialog going, and thanks for doing so this time.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean

You certainly put your poet's license to good use here. Good job!


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MsDora - Thanks for commenting on two of my Hubs today. Interestingly, my representative in Congress is Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) and the current U. S. edition of "Time" magazine has a feature and photos about his new role in the new 114th Congress. Utah's congressional delegation is entirely Republican and Rhode Island's is entirely Democrat.


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

A beautiful haiku


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

peachpurple - Thanks. Now it is your turn.


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ignugent17 22 months ago

Thought provoking haiku. Thank you! :-)


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

ignugent17 - There are a few times when silence is a blessing (when the guns of war grow silent, when silence is the best answer, etc.) but being silent about the future of one's country is not such a time.

I think you probably agree about that.


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aviannovice 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

If we don't say what we think, we'll never be heard. Good points, for sure!


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Perspycacious 21 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - I am a big believer in participatory democracy, that at a time when the Republican Party leadership in Utah is trying to continue the current caucus system of choosing presidential candidates in 2016 (something Mitt Romney opposed this week, favoring a greater, broader participation in such important choices.)

As people of a free republic, we do a very poor job of getting any majority (large or small) of our citizens to participate in even the most critical and controversial decisions we make. Surely "speaking out" is sorely lacking!

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