Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tax Haikus!

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This article is about the Japanese poetic form. For haiku poetry written in English, see Haiku in English.
For other uses, see Haiku (disambiguation).
Haiku (俳句 haikai verse?) About this sound listen (help·info) (no separate plural form), is a very short form of Japanese poetry typically characterised by three qualities:
  • The essence of haiku is "cutting" (kiru).[1] This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas[2] and a kireji ("cutting word") between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.[3]
  • Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively.[4] Any one of the three phrases may end with the kireji.[5] Although haiku are often stated to have 17 syllables,[6] this is incorrect as syllables and on are not the same.
  • A kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such words. The majority of kigo, but not all, are drawn from the natural world. This, combined with the origins of haiku in pre-industrial Japan, has led to the inaccurate impression that haiku are necessarily nature poems.
Modern Japanese gendai (現代) haiku are increasingly unlikely to follow the tradition of 17 on or to take nature as their subject, but the use of juxtaposition continues to be honoured in both traditional haiku and gendai.[1] There is a common, although relatively recent, perception that the images juxtaposed must be directly observed everyday objects or occurrences.[7]
In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line while haiku in English often appear in three lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku.[8]
Previously called hokku, haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century.

Today, Kelly Phillips Erb( Issued a contest for writing a tax haiku. I've always enjoyed poetry and haikus are a fun and interesting challenge to create. Here are the ones I could come up with, and try it out, you may be a poet and didn't...I'm gonna save myself the embarrassment. Her post about the contest is

Taxes must be paid
Living in America
Pay them until you die

Give me liberty
Uncle Sam will give you it
Must pay taxes though

The IRS loves
Seeing you pay your taxes
when not, audit time!

Don't know how to file?
Want to file wrong on purpose?

Deductions are great
Only in moderation
Too late, audit's HEEYA!

The Audit Fairy
May be checking your taxes
Better have receipts!

New technology
Tax refunds on debit cards
Never again please!

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