The Peter G. Peterson Foundation feels your pain.
“By now, it's no surprise that our economy's in trouble. ... America is a fiscally unstable nation,” according to an e-mail from the foundation to its supporters. “Though we can re-evaluate our spending or refinance our mortgages, there's no quick fix for our feelings.”
To give voice to those feelings, the foundation — established by the co-founder and former senior chairman of private equity powerhouse The Blackstone Group — launched a website called Fiscal Haiku, http://www.fiscalhaiku.com.
The website is dedicated to creating and sharing views about our economic situations in verse — specifically, haiku. A form of Japanese poetry, haiku in English typically has 17 syllables, in three unrhymed lines of five, seven and five syllables. So far, financial poets have submitted 166 odes to the website.
Readers can vote for their favorites. The following haiku entry, which had 21 votes, the most as of early November, is by Myra S. of Brooklyn, N.Y.:
my money is gone
but my cat likes canned tuna
so now I do too