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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Haiku Wednesday

Generosity

I

Libertarians:
"Selfishness is a virtue."
I won't give them that!


II

Giving from the heart
To someone whose need is great
Is an act of love.



On St. Patrick's Day

They came in hunger,
Leaving behind their green home
For new life and hope.


.

8 comments:

Enchanted Oak said...

I'm new to this weekly haiku thing but not to the form. You visited my blog this morning and I'm happy to meet you. All three of your haiku are outstanding, all very different and thought-provoking. I'm very moved by number II and III. The Libertarian one puzzles me in its content. Is that what Libertarians believe? I thought they were rather left-leaning myself, like you describe yourself. As in:
Government is bad
Individuality
Is the guiding light.

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

I love all your haikus,
drawn more to the second one.

Just want to wish you HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

Have you a great one!

hugs

shakira

Oscar Wilde-The IRISH Gentleman

ART OF GENEROSITY

moorebloglife said...

A treat to read all three, great messages in all! Happy SHW!

Jazzbumpa said...

Thanks, all, for the visits and the comments.

Oak -
Libertarians are mostly as you describe, politically. There is some appeal there. But I wouldn't call them left leaning. Not at all. Economically, they are laissez faire capitalists, and quite willing to accept all the rapaciousness and structural inequality that goes along with it. The verse is a direct reference to Ayn Rand's "The Virtue of Selfishness." Rand was a whack-job, but Glibertarians love her.

Cheers!
JzB

Jenn@ You know... that blog? said...

Well said; great ones! It's cool to see what you come up with each week :D

Happy St. Patty's day!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

My Irish ancestors would appreciate your St. Patrick's Day sentiments. It was a terrible thing to have to leave their homeland, yet at the same time to embrace a great hope.

fickleinpink said...

great messages!

Happy St Patty's!

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xoxo,
fickleinpink

Enchanted Oak said...

P.S. I enjoyed your post the other day about "The Facts" and smiled at your mellow yellow haiku too.