coronavirus

Pandemic, schmandemic

  Cameo Appearance by Charles Simic   I had a small, nonspeaking part In a bloody epic. I was one of the Bombed and fleeing humanity. In the distance our great leader Crowed like a rooster from a balcony, Or was it a great actor Impersonating our great leader?   That’s me there, I said […]

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The Grace of Influence

    When Giving Is All We Have by Alberto Ríos            One river gives                                              Its journey to the next.   We give because someone gave to us. We give because nobody gave to us.   We give because giving has changed us. We give because giving could have changed us.   We have […]

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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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Lockdown

  From “A Married State” by Katherine Philips   A married state affords but little ease The best of husbands are so hard to please. This in wives’ careful faces you may spell Though they dissemble their misfortunes well.   Someone wrote on Twitter the other day that being in lockdown reminded her of being […]

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