Write H1N1 Political Haiku
A friend just sent me an email asking people to submit haiku about H1N1.
My First Time to Respond
She sends me these things all the time. Usually, a writer is looking for someonen to interview about a specific topic. So, I move on to another email. But, this time was different.
I Like Haiku
Here is what I have to say about Haiku.
It’s fun. It’s easy. << 5 syllables
There’s really nothing to it. << 7 syllables
Write in a rhythm. << 5 syllables
Would You Like to Participate?
Here is the information my friend emailed:
31)Summary: Looking for epidemiologists and medical professionals with literary inclinations
Name: Susanna Speier
Email: susanna AT susannaspeier DOT com
Title: H1N1 Politiku
Media Outlet: Huffington Post
Deadline: 01:11pm PACIFIC – 15 November
Query: Looking for epidemiologists and medical professionals with literary inclinations to write an original Politiku (political haiku) about the H1N1
epidemic for my The Huffington Post Politiku column. Deadline is November 15th Additional info available on my website:
Here is the link for the post requesting submissions of H1N1 haiku:
Here Are My H1N1 Haikus
I wrote a lot of them after reading the email. Then, when I went to the web page, I saw that she only wanted one per person. Aw So, I wrote one in response to one that was already posted:
To Elizabeth (Teacher of Epidemiology. Thwacker of vaccine alarmists),
Your haiku is sharp
Stings like a shot in the arm.
Immunize us all.
Then, I posted the ones I wrote after learning about the request for H1N1 haiku:
Hi Susanna, A friend told me about your project, and I wrote these haikus before coming to this page (and seeing your one-haiku rule). You can pick the one you want to post.
At first, it was called swine flu
Now, we call it BAD!
No children in here!
Hospital won’t allow it.
Might bring/take swine flu.
My job required it.
I had to get the vaccine.
Ohhhh, I hate needles!
No longer winter
Now it comes in springtime, too!
and summer and fall
Old and sick feared flu
They were the ones who might die
Fear now for children
What a bad virus
How can we protect ourselves?
Wash hands well, often
No one sneezed near me
Must have rubbed eyes/nose after
I touched a doorknob
What a topic, this!
H-1-N-1 writes itself
Live and breathe haiku
Oh, how sad this is.
All because of a pig (not!)
So many have died
How can we do it?
Wash hands. Soap, water. Often.
Please protect yourself
Water, green veggies
Vitamins C and D, too
And, get enough sleep!
Staying well, healthy.
This is my goal this winter.
No H-1 for me!
I should not worry.
I worry for those I love
And, those you love, too!
Time to wash my hands,
Eat well, drink enough water
And, get enough sleep.
This flu began small
Quickly it spread far and wide
I was on a roll, so I wrote one more:
Her rules: Submit One.
Did I follow her rules? No.
I submitted all
Why Will My Politikus (political haikus) Not Qualify?
This is who she wanted to write for her column:
Are You a Scientist or a Heath Policy Expert?
If you’re an expert on this topic, I’d love to feature your Politiku along with a Tweet length bio, specifying your expertise to supplement.
You’ve Read Mine Here, Now Read The Rest
Read her request for H1N1 Haiku, and read the ones people have submitted. Then, watch for Susanna Speier’s column on Huffington Post, and read about the medical professionals, educators, scientists and health policy experts who participated.
[UPDATE: November 19, 2009 The H1N1 Politiku piece is now up on Huffington Post.]