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Security haiku

Welcome to DC
You need two forms of ID
Please remove your shoes

Someone out of place
Suspicious activity
What if it is me?

Your experience
Controlled, limited, guarded
Monument to what?

The fence is for you
To protect you from danger
Don't go past the fence

Yesterday yellow
Today went up to orange
Wake me when it's green

This is who I am
I am bored but in control
Let me scan your bags

I remember trust
It disappeared so quickly
I guess we were fools

We want to be safe
But danger is ev'rywhere
Paranoia wins

M.V. Jantzen is a resident of DC who bikes the region with his camera, documenting streetscapes, events, parks, and people. He posts his photos primarily to


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awesome! well done!

by IMGoph on Nov 8, 2010 7:09 pm • linkreport


by Lance on Nov 8, 2010 8:09 pm • linkreport

*Clap clap clap*

by OX4 on Nov 8, 2010 9:10 pm • linkreport


by ksu499 on Nov 9, 2010 8:08 am • linkreport

Impressive first effort, Mr. M. Ian and I both read it a couple of times. Next stop: New Yorker?

by Regina Schroeder on Nov 9, 2010 9:39 am • linkreport

Bravo! What a great idea. Here's another, from experience:

You took a picture?
I took a picture.
Erase it, sir.

by John Fuller on Nov 9, 2010 10:23 am • linkreport

@John, funny, but not really a haiku since it doesn't have the 5-7-5 syllable pattern.

You took a picture?
Of this building in public.
Please erase it, sir.

by Michael Perkins on Nov 9, 2010 10:56 am • linkreport

There is no dancing
Jefferson Memorial
quiet time only

by Michael Perkins on Nov 9, 2010 10:58 am • linkreport

laptop, belt, shoes, bag
shuffle shuffle shuffle step
bag, shoes, belt, laptop

by Michael Perkins on Nov 9, 2010 11:00 am • linkreport

barn door is open
we must close it right away
though the horse is gone

by Michael Perkins on Nov 9, 2010 11:02 am • linkreport

Thanks, Michael, and oops! I didn't know the 5-7-5 rule. Here's another one, inspired by a recent Post article:

Monument so tall
Will we have a bombing nut?

by John Fuller on Nov 9, 2010 11:09 am • linkreport


by Michael Perkins on Nov 9, 2010 11:21 am • linkreport

Nice view from Lincoln
Time to take out the tripod
Oops under arrest

by OX4 on Nov 9, 2010 12:38 pm • linkreport

None of this matters
All security theater
Freedom lost for lies

by Sean Robertson on Nov 9, 2010 5:25 pm • linkreport

Hey, is that your bag?
Little words can mean so much.
They will be ignored.

by Michael Perkins on Nov 10, 2010 9:41 am • linkreport

Welcome to DC
You're a terrorist unless
Proven otherwise

by OX4 on Nov 10, 2010 5:48 pm • linkreport

Born naked you are
Board a plane naked you are
What is the matter?

by Ukabu on Nov 16, 2010 2:51 pm • linkreport

I'd just like to say
'Thank you George W Bush'
I hope you're happy

by Neil on Nov 16, 2010 3:20 pm • linkreport

It's really a shame that "don't tase me, bro" is only four syllables.

by Michael Perkins on Nov 16, 2010 3:50 pm • linkreport

Two choices await:
electronic strip searching
forcible fondling

by Michael Perkins on Nov 16, 2010 3:51 pm • linkreport

"do not tase me, bro" gets you the fifth you need!

by Geoffrey Hatchard on Nov 16, 2010 3:52 pm • linkreport

Belt, keys on the tray,
went through magnetometer
Hey! Don't touch me there!

by Matt Johnson on Nov 16, 2010 4:02 pm • linkreport

Long line to be scann'd:
a virtual strip searching
Next time, take Amtrak

by Matt Johnson on Nov 16, 2010 4:25 pm • linkreport

FlyerTalk has a list of haiku related to the AIT ("nude-o-scope") scanners:

by Jim Huggins on Nov 16, 2010 5:01 pm • linkreport

A friend of mine sent this post to Schneier on Security and there are more haikus< rel="nofollow" href="" target="blank"> over there.

by dcseain on Nov 16, 2010 7:29 pm • linkreport

Step in, Raise your arms
Hold another minute
Step out, Go over there
Turn your head and cough

by Ben Dover on Nov 24, 2010 8:45 am • linkreport

"We do this for you."
"Hey! That looks like my penis,
glowing on the screen."

by keith on Nov 26, 2010 5:07 pm • linkreport

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