Confinement

I sent out a ‘how are you’ email to friends around the world, have heard back from most of them, but haven’t yet replied to anyone as I feel there’s nothing to say. The story remains the same – Alert Level 3 seems very much like Alert Level 4, except there’s more online shopping to be had and the possibility of purchasing hot food. There’s another jigsaw puzzle on the table … did more gardening … did the housework (again) … played cards with the other two members of the household (again) … watched some stuff on TV/DVD (again) …

It feels as if my internal battery is running low and nothing is giving me much joy. Six weeks of being largely confined to my own property (city section) is wearing thin.  Hopefully, this week we may know when the ‘remain in your bubble’ directive will be lifted but gatherings, including clubs, may still be restricted.

I have a friend who’s keen on astrology and regularly makes decisions large and small based on what she ‘reads’ from her charts. She warned me at the end of last year that 2020 was going to be difficult. All year. Then watch out for 2024!

Searching out haiku to feature always improves my mood, so let’s do it! This selection speaks to me of confinement, so just to prove I’m not losing the plot, the next posting will be haiku that somehow say ‘freedom’.

windswept beach
my father’s voice at the other end
of a tin-can phone

Lucy Whitehead
from Windflowers anthology (Red Moon Press, 2020)

longest night
in the self-checkout lane
just me and this machine

Victor Ortiz
from Windflowers anthology (Red Moon Press, 2020)

shorter kisses
longer quarrels –
winter solstice

Eric Ammann
from A Haiku Mind (Shambhala, 2008)

dusting
her little vases
this is my devotion

Owen Bullock
from number eight wire (Piwakawaka Press, 2019)

glowing embers
I tell her a story
she already knows

Rick Tarquinio
from The Wonder Code (Girasole Press, 2017)

to-do list
the pear
ripens

Patsy Turner
from number eight wire (Piwakawaka Press, 2019)

april showers …
weeding
the bookcase

Julie Warther
from Another Trip Around the Sun anthology (Brooks Books, 2019)

music box winding down
waiting
for 
the
last
.

Catherine Moxham
from number eight wire (Piwakawaka Press, 2019)

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