Elian: The Haiku Version

Although the story of an international custody battle is the stuff of epic poetry, the situation of Elian Gonzalez has been covered so minutely that it lends itself to a more intimate genre. Perhaps that's why some of the people involved seem to be speaking in haikus.

Papa, I do not Want to go to Cuba. If You want to, stay here. --Elian Gonzalez

And let us, by our Example, show Castro what This land truly means. --Attorney General Janet Reno

At every turn there Has been a betrayal. We Can't let our guard down. --Carlos Rivero, 34, a car salesman,...

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