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Isolation, the great connector

To start off European Haiku Day here at Poem Elf, here’s a picture my daughter in Prague created. She took advantage of over-developed film to fiddle around with the image (that’s the technical explanation). She calls it “Pause.” (FYI that’s what those two yellow bars mean. I didn’t know this, dinosaur that I am.)   […]

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Hi you haiku

I have haikus to post today and tomorrow, and that will be the end of this project . . . unless. . .  my international readers step up! Sending out a challenge to Poem Elf readers in countries outside of the United States to send in a quarantine haiku. I know you’re there, I see […]

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Here come the haikus

Thank you to everyone who sent in a haiku! Can’t tell you how much I enjoy reading them. It’s a balm for my nervous system. The creative spirit is fundamental to us humans and strengthens our connections!   Up first from Jeanette, who gets extra credit for taking a picture: (Jeanette has a very droll […]

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COVID Haiku, why not

    I am in need of music, poet Elizabeth Bishop wrote in her poem of the same name.   I am in need of distraction, I find myself saying, and how nice!, distraction is everywhere— funny animal videos, show-me-your-dance-moves Instagram accounts (shout-out to my daughters), clips of Italian mayors shouting at their constituents who won’t stay […]

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An unwelcome guest

Death Barged In by Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno   In his Russian greatcoat slamming open the door with an unpardonable bang, and he has been here ever since.   He changes everything, rearranges the furniture, his hand hovers by the phone; he will answer now, he says; he will be the answer.   Tonight he sits […]

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Shameless plugging

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of my breast cancer diagnosis (all good here) and a day I’m going to do something I’ve always thought I shouldn’t. Give up my anonymity and promote something I’ve written. Makes me feel like I’m wearing a push-up bra and shimmying my way into a bar, but it’s not really […]

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