I’ve been wondering what to post in these strange days of lockdown, social distancing, self-isolation and quarantine. Plenty of people are hitting cyberspace with ‘haiku’ they’re writing to stave off boredom/amuse themselves and yet still want to inflict upon others.
So I thought I might try and find some decent poems that are tangentially about the situation many of us find ourselves in. One thing that occurred to me too late was that even if New Zealand’s lockdown lasts only 4 weeks, I’m going to need a haircut in that time – if lockdown lasts 8 weeks or even 12 I’ll be turning into a cavewoman! Haiku Husband has already said he won’t do it, which seems a bit unfair as I’ll be trimming his beard, as I’ve done for almost 40 years!
Still, I have given myself a haircut once before – using nail scissors and the wing mirror of a VW Kombi van parked in a campground in Salamanca, Spain! Needless to say, the next professional I saw said: “Who gave you your last cut?”. The insouciance of youth … and now age!
my child with a cold –
her forelocks almost
Sugita Hisajo (1890-1946)
from Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese women
What’s the difference between a bad haircut and a good haircut? About 2 weeks!
a fresh wind styles my hair
David J Kelly
from Kokako 30 (2019)
last week’s haircut
in the phoebe’s nest
from Bones 15 (2018)
Native to North and South America, phoebes (Sayornis) are part of the flycatcher family of birds.
from The Haiku Anthology (1999)
I braid my hair
into the dark
from Haiku North America Contest, 1999
Not having access to hair dye has apparently been a big lockdown issue for some (if you can believe the ‘popular’ press). Fortunately, not a problem for me as I’ve been naturally grey for years!
to look so old —
Julie Bloss Kelsey
from the RH Blyth Award (2019)