president elect barack hussein obama haiku poems

a skinny black kid
with a funny name
yes we can

in the beginning
not much money, endorsements
yes we can

small donations
record numbers
yes we can

young volunteers
excited, engaged
yes we can

the not so young
knocking on doors, believing
yes we can


ann nixon cooper
one hundred six years old
what she's seen

just past slavery
no cars
no planes

women silenced
hopes dismissed
depression, world wars

the buses, hoses
a preacher

a man on the moon
a wall comes down

through the best of times
the darkest of hours

change can happen
a people can overcome
yes we can


this election
a vote is cast

lines stretched past
schools and churches

waiting in line
for hours

the belief that
this time must be different

that people, voices
can be that difference
yes we can


i know it's corny
and yet it's not

a day of hope
of cautious optimism

of finding a way
to believe again

yes we can


the post election speech of president elect barack obama can be found on this cnn.com page.















this image of barack obama cleaning up after himself, before leaving an ice cream shop in iowa, was taken by callie shell - obama - digital journalist.


and if this post isn't corny enough for you, let me tack on a link to the youtube video of what appears to have been the song for the obama campaign.

seriously though. following this campaign for all these months. this election, i was moved.


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33 comments:

  1. That is simply an amazing and obviously well though out haiku post. Thank you!

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  2. What a great haiku series. Love it. You should send it to the Obama people. Great job.

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  3. Wow, you're really good at writing haiku. You just summed up Obama.

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  4. This captures the excitement and the promise very well.

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  5. Nice one, Even though I am not american nor black. I belive that when Obama was elected as president it sparked a new age in human history.

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  6. thanks for the comment, devika. :)

    indeed. :)

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  7. thanks for the comment, tsannie. :)

    and thanks for the kind words. :)

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  8. thanks for the comment, jodapoet. :)

    am glad you liked it. :)

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  9. thanks for the comment, mediterranean kiwi. :)

    indeed. :)

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  10. thanks for the comment, gigi. :)

    and thanks for the kind words. :)

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  11. thanks for the comment, bill. :)

    indeed. much promise there, and much to be excited about. :)

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  12. thanks for the comment, polona. :)

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  13. thanks for the comment, dan the man. :)

    it was indeed a historical outcome. :)

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  14. Much enjoyed these haiku Kouji. This is a piece of history that will be remembered for a long time.

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  15. I really couldn't agree more. Thanks for the post, I'm from Iowa!

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  16. Very well said my friend! Indeed Obama did it!

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  17. Great Obama poem! WOW is right, a great day for the world actually. Momentous, and inspiring, without question. One of the biggest things to ever happen on this planet for sure, symbolic or otherwise. It was impossible not to cry tears of joy. People in my nabes were whooping and hollering in the streets for hours.

    May God bless and help guide President Barack Obama!
    .
    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    Bush was worse than Hitler

    and Stalin and Mao
    and Castro combined
    .

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  18. What a great poem about my next president of the U.S. I am so happy I also put together a pic of him with added text on my post.

    This is the dawning of a new day for the U.S. We are finally learning and finally are moving forward.

    Thanks for sharing the lovely poem with us.

    Blessings,

    Rhiannon

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  19. excellent words and revealing photo, made me smile.

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  20. thanks for the comment, janice thomson. :)

    am glad you like them. :)

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  21. thanks for the comment, carol. :)

    hello from over here in manila. :)

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  22. thanks for the comment, ambo. :)

    indeed, he did. :)

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  23. thanks for the comment, uspace. :)

    indeed. may your president receive much guidance. :)

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  24. thanks for the comment, rhiannon. :)

    indeed. it's good to see you move forward. :)

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  25. thanks for the comment, crafty green poet. :)

    i quite like the photo. :)

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  26. thanks for the comment, wayfaring wanderer. :)

    you did. :)

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  27. Yes We Can, Yes We Did, great Post! I have been volunteering for Obama/Biden all summer. My 55th birthday was Wednesday November 5th. Obama's landslide election was the best birthday present I could have hoped for.

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  28. thanks for the comment, lori cordeiro. :)

    it's cool that you volunteered for the campaign. you were part of that massive mobilization which resulted in his victory. :)

    belated happy birthday. :)

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  29. Isn't a haiku 5 syllables for the first line, then 7 syllables for the second line, then 5 again for the thrid line? Look it up if you don't believe me.

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