Seriously, is there a better way to wrap your brain around a potential congressional showdown, involving billions of dollars and many moving parts, than by writing a five-seven-five syllable poem? I say no.
Many of you channeled your inner poets, offering up haikus encapsulating many of the dynamics and positions in the fiscal cliff debate. In came the prose from reporters, staffers, influencers and political junkies. (I'm still waiting on a congressman or senator to offer one up -- who wants to make history?).
Here are some favorites, and you can still play along – leave a haiku in the comments’ section, or tweet it with the #FiscalCliffHaikus hashtag. Onward, political poets!
The ducks, they teeter/ Off the long-awaited cliff / Lame! it's just a hill. #FiscalCliffHaikus— Annie-Rose Strasser (@ARStrasser) December 11, 2012
Self imposed crisis/ Endlessly milked by the press/ Boxing match for nerds#fiscalcliffhaikus— dmack411 (@dmack411) December 11, 2012
Sequestration looms / All eyes on Congress asking / Lame duck or dead duck? #FiscalCliffHaikus— National Priorities(@natpriorities) December 11, 2012
POTUS still campaigns / Compromise means good balance / All new rev; no cuts! #FiscalCliffHaikus— Garrett R. Hall (@Garrett_R_Hall) December 11, 2012
Fiscal Cliff diving-Lets hope there's something soft inthe dumpster below. #FiscalCliffHaikus— Joel Dias-Porter (@diasporter) December 11, 2012
Sword of Damocles/ Avert this Satan sandwich / Fiscal castration #FiscalCliffHaiku with more actual metaphors for sequestration!— Sara Sorcher (@SaraSorcherNJ) December 11, 2012
Which of us will fall / Soon January furloughs / This Hill hissy fit #FiscalCliffHaikus— Kyle Dargan (@Free_KGD) December 11, 2012