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Haiku Contest: It's time for a vote

Posted by: Steve Hamm on January 06, 2006

Thirty plus years ago, Paul Simon asked: Is poetry really dead? I’m here to tell you it is not. We got 33 entries for the BW TechBeat Haiku Contest. The participants included Business Week colleagues and old friends whom I arm-twisted into taking part; a CEO of a tech company (Marc Benioff), a real poet (Kit Robinson), a 9-year-old boy (Ari Fay), and his grandmother.

Now it’s time for the popular vote. Please send in your votes (by number) as comments. There are two categories: Best, and Funniest. Voting ends a week from today. Read on for the full list of the 33:

Heather Green:
Blogs, oh, bloggy blogs
ever changing, ever new,
Now video, blog

Eric Sohn:
Comment spam on blog
Compares unfavorably
To Blue Screen of Death
PortalPlayer chip
The heart of 5G iPods
Keeps boredom at bay
Let's use AJAX for
A haiku generator
Web 2.0 rocks!
Curry rewrites history
"Podfather", indeed!


want to blog, compulsively
growing your reputation
or get a real job?

Jim Turner:
Companies should blog
It's the wave of the future
If not wave goodbye


popular post hits home
my site dies fast and quiet
in monster blogswarm

June Klein:
Mainframe architect.
Needs evolution museum.
Global money biz.

Sarah Lacy:
Open source software
Getting more mainstream every year
Sorry Microsoft
Software IPOs?
Where are they? 2005 only had a few
And few on tap for 2006 :(

Alex Bellinger:
Stop it RSS
Simple yes, but a thousand
feeds give me nosebleeds.

Ari Fay:
green technology
frogs master. when they rule the world
they use it wisely

John R:
(a vote that’s also a haiku, I guess)
Eric Sohn's haiku
about Web 2.0 is
the best so far.

Phil Gomes:
Tech haikus? Pshaw! ...
I've been pitching in haiku ...
For quite a long time ...

David Singer:
Haiku about tech?
Syllables: five, seven, five.
Don't quit your day job.

Web 1.0 - Bursted
Web 2.0 - Bloated

Rob Weisman:
A Google PC --
No more climbing through Windows
to compute?

Kit Robinson:
Torrent of data
Forest of zeros and ones
I am on my way

Dave Clark:
P.C.: Boot daily --
The solid, humble mainframe
keeps running for years.


i'M a sPaM comMenT
AwEsomE blOg, cLicK herE, wIn cAsH
WhY yoU hAte mE sO?

No spam post blocker?
Thanks for helping my S.E.O
Link, Link, Link, and Link.

RSS is great!
Instead of surfing for news,
I get drowned in it.
I'm tech haiku
for business week contest
I think I will win!

Ari’s Grammy:
Latest techno
gee, it's not just for the young.
Grey heads get it too!

Bob Van L:
would love to haiku blogs
what is the format again
five six seven blog

Marc Benioff:
There is no software.
Live or Dead. Microsoft decides.
There is only software.

Bruce Francis:
Bill’s future is Live
Dead code fills today’s coffers
Microsoft’s tough choice
Life at Oracle

Old software must rest
Bingo games, chamomile tea
Larry’s Shady Pines

Life at Oracle

Old software must rest
Bingo games, chamomile tea
Safra cashes checks
Redwood Shores Elegy

Old software winds down
Bingo games, chamomile tea
Oracle’s grand plan

Steve Baker:


Ancient Paterno
in sultry Miami
grins as dawn nears

Andrew Watson:
Web two point zero
Last year’s catch phrase, this year’s thing
Whatever it means

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Reader Comments

Annie N. Moss

January 6, 2006 05:26 PM

Safe, secure mainframe
It’s keeping secrets secret
Rove! Get the big iron!


January 8, 2006 03:10 PM

umm... Didn't Paul Simon sing, "Is the *theater* really dead?"?

Eric Sohn

January 9, 2006 01:17 PM

Since I shouldn't vote for my own entries, I'll vote for #19.

Steve Hamm

January 9, 2006 02:24 PM

Re: Paul Simon. Whoops. Klim's memory is better than mine.

Eric Sohn

January 12, 2006 01:42 PM

Honestly, if my vote is the only one (and so far it is), change it to #4 (one of mine). I deserve to win just because I'm actually participating...

Steve Hamm

January 13, 2006 03:28 PM

I've got to say I'm disappointed with the paucity of votes. But, at least we got some good haiku submissions. Without further ado, the winner, with 100% of the votes, is Eric Sohn's:

Let's use AJAX for
A haiku generator
Web 2.0 rocks!

June Klein

January 14, 2006 03:47 AM

Can I vote for #9 and win the silver medal? I guess Woody Allen was right, 80% of life is showing up.

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