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Golden Llamericks

There once was a llama of gold Whose image was one to behold The bloggers did love it And unwaveringly covet So to the new contest entrolled

A haiku is sort-of a poem Though many who read them don't know 'em The rules are unbending From start until ending Just one added word and you blow 'em

And put these two in combination And soon you have made a sensation Just write health haikus And aim to amuse And you will earn gold acclimation

And now comes the part that's unnerving For lots of them were quite deserving But I'll end the drama And hand out the Llama But from what I choose I'm not swerving

So as I present my selections The ones who have won my affection Look down to the bottom That's where I have got 'em I sure hope you grasp my directions

The first choice had me singing gaily By Hillary Gorman Israeli A Healthcare lament To put on the vent The system's survives only frailly (1)

The second tells what may undo us A fine haiku by Leigh St-Louis "Cold" is her word Of life uninsured Oh how the Canadians must view us! (2)

The third winner now I am tellin' A reader who's named Mary Ellen A likeness so true 'tween health and haiku An entry that was quite compellin' (3)

The next is from good doctor Smack Who showed that for shame she does lack Those socks from the llamas Will match my pajamas But why not use hair from a yak? (4)

The final haiku I'm presenting That Limpens gal who's unrelenting She wrote a whole post But what touched me most The hours of a life residenting (5)

But wait, guys, the party's not ending For other gold llamas I'm sending To those who unswerving Have done things deserving And so now my rhymes are extending

A nurse named Kim got us united A medblogger track was farsighted She got us to Vegas Not having to beg us And next year you all are invited

a blogger from far away nation made blogworld his lone destination so bongi's awarded his praise is accorded given sans capitalization

And so now this rhyming is ended My neruons' last energy spended Now please stop your crying And always keep trying To win a gold llama so splendid


Haiku winner #1

our healthcare system
is on a ventilator
should we pull the tube?

Haiku winner #2

can’t afford health care.
and can’t move to canada.
situation: cold.

Haiku winner #3

Healthcare like Haiku
law bound and bureaucratic
theories change, rules same

Haiku winner #4

Distractible Mind
If you send me llama hair
I will knit you socks.

Haiku winner #5

Dark when he leaves home,
Dark when he returns from work.
Resident Life.



Golden Haikus

Yea!! It's the time everyone has been waiting for.  I even got a call from Oprah asking if I have chosen the winner (she's just jealous, you know).  It's time to give away Golden Llamas!!

Not so fast.  This post won't actually award the GLA, but instead gives you all of the haikus in their glory (you are just going to have to wait, Oprah).  I am going to award GLA's in a separate post so I can drag this out as long as possible.

Since there were a lot of them (31, to be exact), I broke the haikus down into categories.  Plus, I just like bossing around poetry.  So here they are:

Category 1: Reform - I originally asked for just haikus on this, but then I chickened out.  Here are the entries that actually followed my instructions:

1. Hillary Gorman Israeli

our healthcare system is on a ventilator should we pull the tube?

RL: Excellent poem tying reform to the practice of medicine!

2, 3. Jacqueline Limpens - (Jacqueline wrote a whole post inspired by this contest! She included several entries on Facebook)

Web 2 point ooh tools, Might help to reform health care. Change needs people 2

RL:  Clever play on words numbers.

Health Care Reform. An unaffordable plan? A matter of choice.

RL:  Referring to the abortion debate?

4. George Bennie

funny 'bout reform it is health's new social norm though it causes storms

RL:  Note that haikus don't have to rhyme (although there are no points taken off if they do).  This one pulls off the haiku, rhyme, and gives a cogent message.

5. Jenni Smith

The leaves are changing Healthcare is being reformed Hell just froze over

RL:  I think it's premature to say Hell froze over; it's just a high-pressure system that's stalled out over purgatory.

6. Leigh Rhiannon Saint-louis

can't afford health care. and can't move to canada. situation: cold.

RL:  Excellent.  Perhaps the high-pressure system is over Manitoba.

7. Mary Ellen

Healthcare like Haiku law bound and bureaucratic theories change, rules same

RL:  I am very impressed at putting reform into haiku and haiku into reform.  Say hi to John Boy.

8. Amy Larsen

sad to be sick now complicated costly Please help us Dr. Spock!

RL:  I am not vulcan.

9. Gina Rybolt

Ah, healthcare reform I know little about this Thus ends this haiku

RL: That's kind of cheating, isn't it?  Just saying "healthcare reform" doesn't get you in!

9A. Jennifer Dumford

Healthcare reform: porn You know it when you see it But can't define it

RL: I left this one out in my first draft of this post.  It's really good too.  My goof...

Medical Life - When a lot of medical people write poems, there will inevitably be a bunch about what they do all day.

10. Jacqueline Limpens

Dark when he leaves home, Dark when he returns from work. Resident Life.

RL: Yep.  That nails it!

11. Kim McAllister

What is the problem? Internet search for data. Holistic hokum.

RL:  Kim gets points for saying "Holistic Hokum."  That just sounds good when you say it out loud.

12. Ramona Bates - Ramona did her own post inspired by this contest.

Vase broken, skin cut Glue repairs grandma's treasures Blue vase, baby's cheek

RL:  Baby and vase are both grandma's treasures.  To those who don't know, glue is sometimes used to repair lacerations in children (although I prefer duct tape).

13. Jenni Smith

Avoid disaster Medical billing software Gets you paid faster

RL:  You should write jingles, Jenni.

14. Neil Bonginkosi Lawrence Taverner

all bleeding does stop better if the heart does not tie that sucker off!

RL:  Bongi is always brilliant (except when it comes to capitalization) and doesn't lower standards on this one.

15. Gina Rybolt

Epi, Levophed I expertly titrate these 'Cuz I am your nurse

RL:  Epi and levophed are medications used in the ICU to keep people alive.  This captures the day-to-day life of an ICU nurse.

16, 17. Medrecgal

I’m just a coder Giving providers headaches But not on purpose

In the hospital I’ve seen both perspectives Patient and coder

RL:  Good pair of haikus about medical coding, a subject that got me on NPR!  The first one sounds like an apology.

18. Jennifer

Slogging through the fluff Battle for best DRG Code the chicken scratch

RL:  Good reference to a previous post of mine (Fluff Kills) and a nice haiku to boot!

Blatant Groveling - I have previously made it clear that one way to get a GLA is to beg for it or try to bribe me.  I am not above giving things t0 people who go out of their way to butter me up.  I like butter.  I take it along with my Lipitor every day.

19. Tara Scheck

Distractible Mind If you send me llama hair I will knit you socks.

RL:  Tara - the award is a JPG file that has no hair.  Sorry.  I need more socks.

2o. Ken O

Haiku contest is ending Dr Rob is drinking beer Return of Llamatron*

* Llamatron is an 8-bit computer game, published by Jeff Minter’s Llamasoft company in the UK, back in the 1980s.

RL: Kudos to Ken for introducing my readers to the Llamatron.  You only get that kind of thing here, folks.

21. Peggy, RN

Dr. Rob, cool dude Llamas, aardvarks and haiku Poetic & odd

RL:  Blatant, over the top and...well, thanks!  "Poetic and Odd" may end up as my life purpose.

Opinionated - Some folks couldn't keep from voicing strong opinion, and I am fine with this. It makes me diaphoretic and a bit nauseated to voice my opinions like they do, but it's OK to have opinions (as long as they don't disagree with mine in some pea-brained way).  I won't comment on them because...uh, my hands shake too much when I try.

22. Jacqueline Limpens

One trillion for war. The poor denied insurance. U.S. Death Panel.

23. Susan Schwartz

Let's hope the Senate Can help defeat this outrage. Go, Joe Lieberman!

Humorous - Humor is something I am vaguely familiar with.  Once I had my third beer, I laughed hard at the following haikus:

24. #1 Dinosaur

*Yawn* Been there, done that. Didn’t I win this last year? (Thanks for the llama.)

RL: Dino's haiku won her a GLA and is proudly posted on the front page of this blog for all to see.  She is getting pretty cocky, though.  I hope I don't get that smug when I write my book.

25. Kim

WORK for the Llama? No one ever told me THAT. Thinking of haiku

RL: Kim captures the essence of writing something that basically says nothing.  That is a staple of this blog.

Huh? - Finally is a group of haikus that made me scratch my head.  I have a feeling it has to do with the density of the skull under my itch, but I just had a hard time figuring them out.

26. Catherine Fairchild Calhoun

If you give away the milk for free who will buy the cow (and llama).

RL:  This was inspired by this article in the NY times.  I think I am just being dense on this one, so can you please explain?

27. Lael Stimers Beckwith

I don't want to pay More than healthcare costs because The "Man" can't keep track.

RL:  I guess I would understand it better if I knew who the "Man" is.  Is it Richard Simmons?

28. Tanja Cilia

Snake oil, fish livers; Antibiotics, asp'rin..?. One and the same thing!

RL: I actually understand this one...I think.  I just wonder about telling a doctor that antibiotics and aspirin are like snake oil.

29. Catherine Fairchild Calhoun

When strangers in O Canada offer to home my sick son think hcrwtf.

RL:  Catherine's son BB has a chronic genetic disorder.  I understand this one perfectly.  I just don't quite know how to pronounce that last word.

30. Leslie Brockway

Stop the wastefulness While jobs lost not an issue Feds might hire one more

RL: Hire one more?  Which one?  I probably shouldn't have had that third beer.

31. Cerulean Bill

Smiling politicos promise , The Grim Reaper cares Not.

RL:  Perhaps the people in Cerulea have different rules about haiku, but this one goes 8-6-1 (which I think was the record of the Chicago Bears last year).

32. Jonathan Lamberts

Healthcare reform is good for the people and stuff. Llama llama yay.

RL:  I don't know who this Jonathan person is, but he seems quite the scholar.  I am sure he's doing quite well in college (He had better be).

That's all of them.  Let me know what you think and if you are in the "Huh" category, please help me.  This shows that I am clearly writing up to my readers, as they are quite smart and talented people.

Thanks to all who participated!



Gunk and Haikus

If you got a bunch of gunk in your reader yesterday, it was because I tried a new plugin and I guess I didn't understand it.  If you enjoyed getting all of that in your reader, then you are welcome.  Here's a haiku to express my emotions about this:

I am so sorry About the gunk I sent you Sometimes I'm a dope

Speaking of haikus, the contest is coming to an end.  Submit your haikus and over the weekend I will judge them.  There are so many good entries that I am not certain how I will decide.  Here's a haiku to express my emotions on this:

Contest is Ending Ingenious haikus abound Need to buy more beer.

Yes, I'll have to have beer while I judge this so I won't get too stressed out.  You  guys have clearly outdone yourselves.  Here's a haiku to express how I feel about that:

Wow, those haikus rocked Even ones without llamas Were really quite good

But I do sometimes worry about you guys.  Here's a haiku I wrote about that:

My Readers are great May need psychiatric help Trauma from my blog

And finally, here is a haiku I wrote that comes from my heart.  I have really strong emotions sometimes, and verse is the only way I can express it:

Orange Julius Power Puff Girls and Gumby Flew to Oregon

I hope that touches you like it did me.



Seuss was a Doctor

Welcome, oh welcome to the world of reform,Where truth is elusive, confusion the norm! Where thinking comes only in partisan form, And people, we're just at the start of the storm!

So hear me divulge the sad story of woe. I wish I could tell you it just isn't so, But trouble's aplenty where foe faces foe Behavior starts slipping and standards get low.

In one corner stands the old party so grand The party of Lincoln who once saved our land Their numbers depleted, an overthrown band See them in the chambers as they make their stand!

A plan that is public creates great distress, Just growing the government won't fix this mess! Absolute power just leads to excess! (But what's their alternative's anyone's guess)

Determined they stand with a look in their eye That says they would hell and high water defy And right in the face of that president guy Their spokesman will utter: "you lie,sir, you lie!"

Opposing them is the great Jefferson's crew Who feel that their moment is long overdue Their numbers once meager just suddenly grew From liberal Yankees to dogs that are blue.

With such a great army they should be victorious And stand at the summit with splendor so glorious But fighting themselves is their modus notorious And keeping together extremely laborious.

Their leader is suave and a speaker so gifted And when from their task their attention has drifted Or if without warning positions have shifted He soothes and he strokes 'till their party's un-rifted

So in their committees they lobby and fight To save our great land from its medical plight They often use words that are hardly polite They wrestle and wrangle deep into the night

When every last partisan word has been said When rules long held sacred are turned on their head They offer the thing that the people all dread A bill wide and sweeping that nobody's read

And from this confusing and uncivil mess Come speeches proclaiming a certain success All quickly devoured by a clamoring press But actual outcomes one only can guess

And far from the demagogues' loud proclamations Away from champions of grand obfuscations Who speak to the cameras with brilliant orations And bow at the altar of public relations

Spread over the reaches of this tired nation Are havens of healing where doctors meet patients Who carry burden of  mounting frustrations And end being listed as sad "complications "

With all of the money the leaders are spending The obvious message to us they are sending It's totally clear, there is only one ending: It's their own agendas to which they are tending

The patients are now in the poorest condition We've put them all into this dreadful position Ignoring the help of those greedy physicians And trusting their health to those smart politicians