Political Haiku Quintet (Updated to Add Egypt Haiku)

Today I’m posting four political haiku which, I fear, are all more cynical than witty. (I’ve added a 5th about Egypt’s revolution which is uplifting, rather than cynical.)

Technically each of these is a senryu, though most people would label them haiku. What the heck’s a senryu, and how does it differ from haiku? I explain it all here and, believe it or not, use a three-verse limerick to illustrate the distinctions.

Politicians strive
to make a good impression
without doing good.


The economy’s
either looking up or down.
Depends on your stance.


Commenters bicker,
thrusting political barbs,
changing no one’s mind.


How did we get here?
“Pragmatic” subjugation
of our Dem ideals.


A revolution
In Egypt transforms, uplifts,
Giving hope to all.


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5 Responses to “Political Haiku Quintet (Updated to Add Egypt Haiku)”

  1. Steve Nance says:

    Nicely done, Mad.


    The mighty empire
    Eight hundred bases abroad
    Egypt, a linchpin

    The local satrap
    Kept it open for business,
    Loyal and ruthless

    Thirty year nightmare
    The people woke up angry
    The empire changed plans

    A hard road ahead
    But the future’s unwritten
    More authors stepped up

  2. trisha says:

    very intelligent haikus/senryus.

    wonderfully written.

    Free Soul

  3. madkane says:

    Thanks so much Trisha and Steve. And I enjoyed your verse, Steve!

  4. Amanda Moore says:

    very nice Mad I enjoyed you’r Haiku on Jenn’s page as well!

  5. madkane says:

    Thanks, Amanda!