Haiku of solitude

I hope everyone’s keeping their 2m distance from anyone you’re not self-isolating with … See the NZ Government’s Covid-19 information here.

through binoculars
a woman looking at me
through binoculars

Mykel Board
from The Haiku Anthology (1999)

life alone
licking
the ladle

Owen Bullock
from The Heron’s Nest (2010)

a vacant playground
the drinking fountain
runs and runs

Rich Heller
from Modern Haiku (2019)

Despite all the stresses and anxieties – and for many this virus will be the worst thing that could happen, even if they don’t catch it – I hope there will be the odd moment when we all find a simple pleasure. 

a handstand
just to see if I can
honeysuckle

Susan Antolin
from The Wonder Code (2017)

sleeping late
wild lavender pressed
against the window

Ron C Moss
from Broken Starfish (2019)

For the first few days, at least, there has been quite a lot of home improvement work going on in my neighbourhood during the day.

fog-filled harbour
someone somewhere drives
a nail through it

Cyril Childs
from the taste of nashi (2008)

empty nail holes
on the wall that needs painting
autumn sunlight

Craig Kittner
from Cattails (2019)

But really it’s so quiet! If I wake in the night now I can hear nothing from the nearby normally busy-ish road. It’s like being deep in the countryside.

hushed night …
all the universe
in a frog’s croak

Kasturi Jhadav
from naad anunaad, anthology of contemporary world haiku (2016)

the sound
of a blooming rose …
I uncurl my fist

David He
from Presence 63 (2019)

5 thoughts on “Haiku of solitude

  1. Hopefully people who are isolated will find time to read all the wonderful blogs like yours..I’m hoping a lot will be inspired enough to join in and write poetry.

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