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Lockdown – Best Haiku/Senryu

 

Author
Name
(Alphabetical
order)

 

HAIKU / SENRYU

 

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Allen

Sunshine brightens the day

By Myra Allen

 

Sunshine brightens the day
Walking lightens the mood
Talking provides solace for the soul

 

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Askew

American Sentences

By Claire Askew

 

First full day of lockdown

 

Murmuration of late snow: no company here but stove, pines, mountains.

 

I return to the house after a walk

 

The cottage smells of woodsmoke, hard water: stones many times warmed, cooled, warmed.

 

I drive out to buy a paper and whisky

 

The car warms up grudgingly — the wind sings in the burn: oh, so alone.

 

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Dymock

Hugging is out, they say

by Darryl Dymock

 

Hugging is out, they say

but I can’t keep you

at arm’s length

any more

 

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Gillespie

After the Rain

By Carolyn Gillespie

 

In the crystal balls

On the cow-parsley

The future is upside down.

 

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Greenhaugh

directions for life

by Mike Greenhaugh

 

directions for life:

better two metres apart

than two metres deep

 

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Kennedy

Leaving this lockdown

By James Allan Kennedy

 

Leaving this lockdown

will be as my dentist leaves my teeth:

numbingly well-drilled.

 

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Kennedy

Self-isolation

By James Allan Kennedy

 

Self-isolation

is not a four-letter word.

It’s longer than that.

 

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Kilmartin

A small bird flying

By Margaret Kilmartin

 

A small bird flying

With every silent fast flap

A world of freedom

 

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Krishnan

Goldfish

By Arunh Krishnan

 

Thirty days into isolation,

The goldfish invites me into its humble waters

For a swim.

 

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Kulig

one man’s PPE

By Marek Kulig

 

one man’s PPE

is another man’s

COVID-19

 

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Langan

Alone

by Jane Langan

Ventilator breaths.

No goodbye, alone I go.

Death rattle, a stat.

 

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MacGranaghan

on the edge of town

by Paul MacGranaghan

 

on the edge of town

stand in the silent highway

and behold the stars

 

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MCDONAGH

I am Autumn

by MARTINE MCDONAGH

 

I am autumn, my

leaves are turning. Will you be

here to see them fall?

 

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Nash

Corporate Fallout

by Lee Nash

 

corporate fallout

the merger of Office Wear

and Pyjamas

 

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Pinchuk

Here

by M Pinchuk

 

Wild life radio

seeps in,with abandonment,

overtakes — mesmer-like

 

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Pinoff

Music

By Helen Pinoff

 

Is this how we end?
The birds inherit the earth
Let there be music!

 

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Robertson

Mellow Yellow

By Lynda Robertson

 

buttercups flourish

spread light despite cattle tread

flair of poisoned air

 

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Rowan Murray

Mum Waves

By Sarah Rowan Murray

 

Mum waves from upstairs

rainbows pressed against the glass

distant, safe, alone

 

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Shannon

Haiku

By Mary Shannon

 

Precipitation

rain falling on bog water

concentric circles

 

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Sullivan

Latency

by Laurence Sullivan

 

prison of pixels –

lag liquifies our language

frozen screens fail us

 

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Travers

April

By Julia Travers

 

Stretching out

from dry wood,

a new leaf.

 

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Walker

Together, apart

By Jennie Walker

 

Perhaps now we’ll find

new ways in which to connect –

Though nothing’s like flesh

 

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Walsh

Haiku

By Jess Walsh

 

I visualise you

Slowly counting every stitch

Unravelling your life

 

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Weston

Estimating Needs

By Dominic Weston

 

Estimating needs

redistribution of health

us, us, us, or them?

 

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