Mar 31, 2009 “This too”

Nothing is permanent

in this wicked world –

not even our troubles.

— Charlie Chaplin

Not originally intended as a haiku, I expect, but I did notice (when the quote was featured on an episode of ABC’s “Criminal Minds”) that it was exactly seventeen syllables; and while not “5-7-5” it does exhibit similar symmetry as “6-5-6”. So that works for me.

YouTube video: The Great Dictator: Globe Scene

From Wikipedia:
“The Great Dictator is a comedy film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin. First released in October 1940, it was Chaplin’s first true talking picture, and more importantly was the only major film of its period to bitterly satirise Nazism and Adolf Hitler, culminating in an overt political plea to defy fascism.

“The film is unusual for its period, in the days prior to American entry into World War II, as the United States was still formally at peace with Nazi Germany. Chaplin’s film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Hitler, fascism, antisemitism, and the Nazis, the latter of whom he excoriates in the film as “machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts”. Despite the fact that the United States was currently at peace when the movie was made, Charlie Chaplin bitterly opposed the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler long before most Americans did.”

The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin & Paulette Goddard 1940
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