Political Haiku and Tanka Too

White House and Congress
bought and managed by donors —
puppet theater.


An epidemic —
political hypocrites —
Today’s GOP.


Unlimited cash
from corporations to pols —
democracy dies.


Economic growth
still not translating to jobs —
Republicans shrug.


Republican cuts
to budget sure to kill jobs —
Boehner: “So be it.”


destroying economy
seemed unthinkable.
No longer a silly thought —
GOP election goal.


Author’s Note: These haiku and tanka were inspired in part by the following prompts: puppet, epidemic, unlimited, growth, and silly.

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28 Responses to “Political Haiku and Tanka Too”

  1. Money rules, huh? What’s GOP?

  2. Great words. It’s the same this side of the Pond, too.

  3. Stan Ski says:

    I almost forgot how good you are at this – great satire.

  4. Tilly Bud says:

    Excellent work. ‘democracy dies’ must be the saddest phrase in English.

  5. brenda w says:

    This is impressive work. You always make me go….yeah! I’m with you.

  6. Hansi says:

    I’m the choir, and I love when you preach to it. Too bad those most in need aren’t reading your stuff. Donald Trump for President! That way when people say the Prez is an A-hole, everyone will agree :)

  7. pamelasayers says:

    Yes, to all of them, Madeleine.
    The “Grand Old Party” what a bunch of dunces.
    I guess now you know, I am a Democrat :)

  8. Adore your play on puppet theatre! Constant biting at the political stage is clever, fun and don’t forget quite a serious view of reality! Even though I have no idea what GOP means, the crunch of your words can still translate effectively into similar scenarios worldwide! An interesting piece!

  9. jingle says:

    witty words.
    well done,

  10. @Hansi: ha ha ha, that’s a good one!

    Madeleine, I applaud your political haiku. You and RJ are so good at limericks and other shorter forms, while I tend to go on and on. The best, for me, was the Boehner poem. It’s so sad, so true. There’s a lot to be said for political poetry. (Yeah, I know…!) ;)

    The Revolving Balance

  11. Harshad says:

    Hard hitting but true.

  12. Ramesh Sood says:

    All are so very beautifull..you have a way to tell..

  13. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    These are powerful haikus.

  14. Teri C says:

    You should be writing a political column with these witty and true haiku!!

  15. becca givens says:

    Witty to the core!

  16. madkane says:

    Vivienne, GOP stands for Grand Old Party, which is the Republican Party.

    Thanks so much everyone for your enthusiastic words about my political poems.

  17. Amanda says:

    Mad even tho we are on opposite side your first haiku is splendid and unfortunately the truth! Lets hope that at some point in our lives we can agree to disagree over something less tragic, gosh by then well be driving our walkers and IMing each other from the rest home LOL!

  18. madkane says:

    LOL! Amanda, let us savor this rare moment of political agreement. :)

  19. trisha says:

    fantastic collection of haikus. each and everyone.

    Free Soul

  20. gabrielle says:

    puppet theater indeed…and with citizen’s united ruling, unlimited funds! Where will it end?

  21. madkane says:

    Thanks so much Trisha and Gabrielle!

  22. quilly says:

    Depressingly true. If we can all see it, then why aren’t the voters doing something about it?

  23. trisha says:

    wit is something which i lack quite a lot- in real life and in my works. your poems are outstanding in this field .

    Free Soul

  24. madkane says:

    Thanks so much everyone. And Trisha, I really appreciate that lovely compliment!

  25. Way too close to home this week! :) Well done.

    Oh, I’ve mentioned you in my latest post also!

  26. madkane says:

    Thanks so much, Jenn!

  27. PinkLady says:

    powerful message here. it goes to show that politics actually wears one mask around the globe. we’ve got to keep in mind though that each puppet has a puppeteer. a scary thought.

  28. madkane says:

    Thanks so much PinkLady. Yes, scary indeed.