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    Traffic sign haiku--from npr


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    Nice!

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    Bike lane sign:

    Life in the bike lane
    Oh how much I love to ride
    Maybe I'm insane

    Deer Warning:

    How do they train them
    Prancing deer to cross right here
    Why not deer lights, then?

    BrianMc

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    I feel like a humorless broken record about this stuff, but blaming the vulnerable traffic users - which pretty much all of these do - is just the same old ********. And yeah, these are cute, so they're just cute ********.

    From New York state's 2010 stats, it looks like pedestrian actions are a factor in a little over 20% of collisions. 20% - which includes all the drunks and kids - whoo.

    The car is the king
    Even if I run you down
    It's your fault somehow

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    Sign/poetry combo:
    I don`t get it. The poems are written on the back? Broadcast over your car radio? On a separate sign next to the picture sign?

    Haiku in general:
    I don`t get it. Is it some kind of game with secret rules? Is there a regular meter if you pronounce them exactly right? Do they make sense to anybody?

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    5 syllables
    7 syllables
    5 syllables

    The more ethereal/zen-like the better:

    Haiku composing
    Random vivid vibrant words
    Japanese is best



    Bikes Trikes, Recumbents
    Tandems, Unicycles, too
    Ride, coast, cruise, and smile

    Wasting so much time
    Writing these unread Haiku's
    Ask me if I care

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    Seems to me some how
    iambic pentameter
    has nothing to fear.

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    Just now following up a query, writing Haiku, my eyes weary,
    It is a form quaint and curious: seventeen syllables no more,
    While I wrote and tweaked each detail, suddenly there came a e-mail,
    From a male and not a female, saying Haikus are a bore.
    Iambic meter or he'd bail? Rhyme and rhythm else a bore
    What's a Haiku? Poem? Lower!

    Edgar Allan did inspire me, (Maybe someone will just hire me?)
    To write some more rhyme and rhythm, but this one is for Rodar
    While we may not all agree here, forum friends can speak quite free here
    'Tis a great reason to be here, cycling friends! Need say no more!
    'Tis a great season to be here, ice and snow! Please say no more!
    Cycle on! We're hard core!

    --A little rhyme and rhythm to salve poetic injury. Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    I feel like a humorless broken record about this stuff, but blaming the vulnerable traffic users - which pretty much all of these do - is just the same old ********. And yeah, these are cute, so they're just cute ********.

    From New York state's 2010 stats, it looks like pedestrian actions are a factor in a little over 20% of collisions. 20% - which includes all the drunks and kids - whoo.

    The car is the king
    Even if I run you down
    It's your fault somehow
    I guess you saw them differently. But when I read them again with a negative bias, I can see how one could think that.

    I see them, for example, the bike getting "doored," as more as an observation and awareness for a biker than some message saying it's the bikers fault. My message is always is that some idiot in a car stopping will likely not see you and open the door. It's not the cyclists fault but they certainly suffer the ill effects and the best solution is awareness and avoidance.

    Clearly there are different ways to see these messages....oh, wow, hey I heard that is what art is about.

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    Stupid ancient poem.
    Multisyllabolic count.
    Search for right amount.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    --A little rhyme and rhythm to salve poetic injury. Enjoy
    Whoo, Nice! Here ya go- I Irished one up in your honor. I trust you`ll know the "tune" to sing along with.

    Pedalling and pedalling in the narrowing lane
    The rider no longer hears the hornblows;
    Macadam falls apart; his line he cannot hold;
    Internal combustion is loosed, and everywhere
    Dimly lit are quickly drowned;
    His heart rate lacks all limits, as BrianMc
    Is full of pasionate intensity.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Stupid ancient poem.
    Multisyllabolic count.
    Search for right amount.
    The 6, 7, 6 structure is a nice sarcastic/artistic touch!

    In like mode:

    I can't count
    What's with seven syllables, anyway?
    Or seventeen?

    Haiku Schmaiku, Oy!
    Where is the beauty in them?
    In the reader's mind

    For Haiku Haters:

    There is a poem called Haiku
    Seems to be written to spite you
    I like limericks' jest
    Rhyme and rhythm is best
    Reciting better on bike too!

    (Gotta stop now!)

    BrianMc

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    Haiku for you there
    In the street texting away
    Unseeing Unsafe

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    I feel like a humorless broken record about this stuff, but blaming the vulnerable traffic users - which pretty much all of these do - is just the same old ********. And yeah, these are cute, so they're just cute ********.

    From New York state's 2010 stats, it looks like pedestrian actions are a factor in a little over 20% of collisions. 20% - which includes all the drunks and kids - whoo.

    The car is the king
    Even if I run you down
    It's your fault somehow
    I definitely see where you're coming from, and agree that it's drivers that are more at fault than pedestrians and cyclists, but pedestrians and cyclists definitely aren't innocent. I'm constantly encountering pedestrians doing stupid things.

    Last week I was driving home from work (I know...) on a narrow windy darkroad. I was coming up to a corner and a truck comes at me with very bright/poorly aimed lights so I couldn't see well. As soon as the truck passes me, there's a pedestrian wearing all black in the street in front of me I had to swerve around. Sure, technically if I hit them, it would be my fault, but honestly? Walking on that road at night is dangerous enough, but wearing black with no reflective gear or lights is suicide. So I think trying to educate pedestrians and cyclists is a great idea. I just think drivers need WAY more education too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    I definitely see where you're coming from, and agree that it's drivers that are more at fault than pedestrians and cyclists, but pedestrians and cyclists definitely aren't innocent. I'm constantly encountering pedestrians doing stupid things.... So I think trying to educate pedestrians and cyclists is a great idea. I just think drivers need WAY more education too.
    We share frustrations
    Our safety is dependent
    Preaching to the choir

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    A bottle sails, THUNK.

    Misses me, skids in the snow

    But leaves me angry

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