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Palo Alto Haiku

Original post made by Just a citizen, Evergreen Park, on Sep 9, 2006

Here is some formal haiku, with a local flavor - surely others can do better than I! Try your hand!
(requirements:
first line, 5 syllables)
(second line, 7 syllables)
(third line, 5 syllables)


Here are several that were inspired by recent news; fun mental excercise -- anyone else?

Big box retailer
Everyone has one of them
Not Palo Alto

City Council meets
People smile and talk
Decisions are slow

City Manager:
"Explain yourself" they tell him
He does; they approve

Old Police building
Forty million, maybe more
How safe can we be?

Housing shortages
Property is expensive
Move to Mountain View

Unanimous vote
Every Palo Altan's dream
It doesn't happen

University...
Restaurants are everywhere
Big Box retailer?

Library needs books
There isn't any money
Bond or parcel tax?

Stanford Mall, upscale
No place to get food for kids
Bring my own apple

Palo Alto news
Seen in Weekly and Daily
But where is the truth?

Fiber to the Home
Will it ever happen here?
Wireless is good, too.









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Posted by Just a Citizen
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 9, 2006 at 7:06 pm

gee, they didn't format! - darn!

OK, I'll separate each one with a dotted line

Here is some formal haiku, with a local flavor - surely others can do better than I! Try your hand!


(requirements:


first line, 5 syllables)


(second line, 7 syllables)


(third line, 5 syllables)

Big box retailer


Everyone has one of them


Not Palo Alto
--------------




City Council meets


People smile and talk


Decisions are slow
----------------------




City Manager:


"Explain yourself" they tell him


He does; they approve
-----------------------------




Old Police building


Forty million, maybe more


How safe can we be?
-------------------------




Housing shortages


Property is expensive


Move to Mountain View
--------------------------



Unanimous vote


Every Palo Altan's dream


It doesn't happen
--------------------------




University...


Restaurants are everywhere


Big Box retailer?
---------------------------




Library needs books


There isn't any money


Bond or parcel tax?
------------------------------




Stanford Mall, upscale


No place to get food for kids


Bring my own apple
------------------------------





Palo Alto news


Seen in Weekly and Daily


But where is the truth?
-------------------------------




Fiber to the Home


Will it ever happen here?


Wireless is good, too.
-----------------------------
























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Posted by Haiku too
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 15, 2006 at 11:11 pm

"Rrrun" in Bowden Park
A car sprouts from chubby legs
I think it looks weird.
-----------
Retail or housing?
Developers fight neighbors.
We can't have it all.
-----------
Unhoused now have homes.
Opportunity Center -
a feel good story.


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Posted by dramagal
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Oct 2, 2006 at 12:05 am

kites fly in Peers Park
Grass is finally green now
Dog people happy too
_________________________

time was butterflies
cocooned in milkweed fields back
of my Midtown fence
_________________________

PA schools rated tops
Still, some choose a private school--
How special are we?
_________________________

Fields of grown wheat made
great playgrounds for burrowing--
now developed, gone
________________________

once was a tree house
high on Stanford hill where we
wrote poems for fun
_______________________

Gunn high school has its
number 40 coming up--
My class! Fun! Woo-hoo!


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