“Wild things” haiku

Maurice Sendak, June 10, 1928 — May 8, 2012

‘Bye, Maurice Sendak
You showed us we would conquer
Though there be monsters

Harry Truman, May 8, 1884 — Dec. 26, 1972
VE Day, May 8, 1945

Give ’em hell, Harry
Wish you were still in D.C.
To straighten things out

Plain spoken and tough,
Hard working and ornery.
Independence, man

The Nazis gave up
On your 61st birthday
You brought our boys home

And you took the heat
Whatever life brought your way
Give ’em hell, Harry!