Can haiku help the economy?
Web site encourages poetic commentary on U.S. finances.
We’ve all read (and some of us have written) reams of prose about the economy in the last few years.
Perhaps it’s time for some economic poetry.
The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, formed by the co-founder of the Blackstone Group private equity fund, has decided that’s just what the nation needs: fiscal haiku. So it has created a Web site, appropriately named fiscalhaiku.com, where people can express their feelings about the economy in the formatted Japanese poetry called haiku. A haiku has 17 syllables, five in the first line, seven in the second and five in the third.
So far, more than 375 people have waxed poetic, or attempted to, about the current economic climate. A few samples:
The quest for riches
led us into temptation.
Now we're all flat broke.
That’s just one of several poems submitted by Kirk A. of Surfside, Fla., a Miami suburb. He also offered:
like anchovies in a can.
We swallowed them whole.
From Mary F. of Vienna, Va.:
Movie showing now
Crouching Mortgage, Growing Debt
How will good guys win?
The most highly ranked so far is by Miriam R. of Miami:
"When the tide goes out,"
Warren Buffett sagely said,
"naked swimmers blush."
Myra Sung, spokeswoman for the foundation, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the site was launched “to constructively express the multitude of frustrations of the American public.”
“We’re a foundation based primarily on the notion our financial situation with the government is hitting a crisis point, [so] we understand these are very serious issues and we devote a lot of time and resources to it,’’ she said. “But we also recognized people are frustrated and they want to voice their opinions in a variety of ways.”
We’re not sure haiku will do much to help the country out of its current economic mess, but we suppose it can’t hurt. Creative writing certainly can be therapeutic. Feel free to leave a comment in verse, haiku or otherwise. Perhaps a sonnet or a rap?
Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
ABOUT SMART SPENDING
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Saving just a single month of expenses may take longer than you think. See how your savings rate affects how quickly you can build a solid emergency fund.
VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
BLOGS WE LIKE
MUST-SEE ON MSN
- Video: Easy DIY smoked meats at home
A charcuterie master shares his process for cold-smoking meat at home.
- Jetpacks about to go mainstream
- Weird things covered by home insurance
- Bing: 70 percent of adults report 'digital eye strain'