When my wife was 16, her English class took a field trip to the town of Mendocino, on the Northern California coast. It was shortly after "The Russian Are Coming" was filmed there. In the bathroom of one of the local cafes, she found this poem written on the wall. (Count the syllables.)

The haiku's art
you'll never glean
if you can't count
to seventeen.

--Alan Alda
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