Dispatches: LA – Homebound Haiku by Amy Uyematsu
Homebound Haiku Unstoppable spring - burst of green on bare branches virus without bounds
Which is scarier - bullets, viral pandemics, a mob ruled by fear No time to prepare - a self-absorbed president's lies and excuses Pandemic or not - the White House sees dollar signs downplays human life Still taking our walks we are struck by the orange of this spring's poppies Now that you stay home I am cooking up a storm - our waistlines thicken Is it only me - the clouds are more beautiful a stranger's smile too What deadly choices - not enough ventilators who's more deserving?
The streets so quiet no children at the playground but the bluest skies How to stay healthy - Netflix, old books, new poems sustain that deep breath No more zumba class - so last night I shut my door cha-cha'ed my heart out A two-month lockdown? Grandpa confined at Gila three relentless years I used to teach math but it took a pandemic for graphs to take hold Exponential curves - once incomprehensible, now daily fixtures These are the hard facts - I'm older than 65 may not make the cut Left in plastic bags on the streets of Ecuador - unthinkable end Find a way to smile look at something beautiful all the while grieving The cruelest spring - we watch the rising death toll, cherry blossoms too
Amy Uyematsu 18 haiku, excerpts from 3/20/20-4/3/20
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