Day 98: Write a Haiku for Democracy!

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DAY 98 ACTION: Celebrate Poem in your Pocket Day! Write a haiku about the Trump Administration, or about preserving democratic institutions. Then, share your art!


Japanese haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) (Sick on my journey/ Only my dreams will wander/These desolate moors.)

“Dear ol’ Uncle Sam/Please don’t shut down government/Don’t want stocks to tank.” – entry in Washington City Paper government shut-down haiku contest, in 2011

This month is National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate American poetry and its place in our culture. And today is the venerated Poem in Your Pocket Day.

(NOTE: No, we had never heard of it, either.)

To mark the holiday, people carry around a favorite poem to share with others, in person or on social media. If you use Instagram or Twitter (we showed you how to join Twitter on Day 65), poets are asking you to use the hashtags #SavetheNEA or #ThankYouNEA, to support the National Endowment for the Arts.

You could carry around someone else’s poem, but we think today calls for a little more creativity. April 17 was International Haiku Day; let’s write a haiku!

A haiku is Japanese poetry that consists of 17 syllables, in three lines of 5, 7, and 5. Traditionally, they relate to nature, but we need not be so limited.

Spend a few minutes today crafting a haiku that describes how you feel about the Trump Administration or our democratic institutions. Then, share your art with friends, family, and your social networks!

Today’s Action: Write a haiku about the Trump experience. Share it with others today, in person and on Twitter. Send your poem to @misciendias on Twitter, too!!

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