Haikus in the Time of Covid-19

By Pauline Hall

Thinking of their faces
beautifying my own
now ready to Zoom.

Eight years old. He’s sure
our clean clever modern world
won’t know plague.

If the churches weren’t sealed
they’d be crowded with empty
-handed grandparents

Seven empty buses
the funeral procession
of a rough sleeper

By the Subway tracks
two mice fighting over a crumb
us in a god’s eye

I never found out
how The Sopranos ends, not
like The World at War.

Published in Cyphers, Stony Thursday. The Cream of the Milk  a broadsheet  about famous and infamous Irishwomen. I have published two novels: Grounds, and Eoin Doherty and the Fixers .

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Siobhan Coen
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Siobhan Coen
18 days ago

Beautiful Pauline, wonderful haikus

Anna Rogers
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Anna Rogers
28 days ago

Powerful Haikus Pauline – enjoyed them.

Cliona Hickey
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Cliona Hickey
28 days ago

Great series of images, Pauline, so evocative especially for these times

Geraldine H
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Geraldine H
28 days ago

Fantasic Hikakus. Capturing the times.

Athene
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Athene
28 days ago

Most evocative and an interesting format…and educational for me as I had never heard of Haiku!

Iseult
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Iseult
28 days ago

Lovely strong haikus. Really evocative of those strange early months of the pandemic.

Oliver Whelan
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Oliver Whelan
29 days ago

Pauline,
I enjoyed your insightful evocations of our Covid world – especially 4 and 5.

Aileen Hunt
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1 month ago

Lovely, thoughtful haikus, Pauline. The third one is very poignant – an elegy for so much.

Marie
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Marie
1 month ago

Wonderful! The Zoom one really takes my fancy’s

Hannah Linden
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Hannah Linden
1 month ago

The 8 year old one especially….wow.

Eileen kelly
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Eileen kelly
1 month ago

Wonderful Haikus. My absolute favourites are numbers 2 and 4.

Triona Mc Morrow
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Triona Mc Morrow
1 month ago

These are great and capture the mood around Covid. I especially like the fourth haiku.

Douglas Carson
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Douglas Carson
1 month ago

Enjoyable haikus on a sunny morning! Thank you Pauline.

Neville Keery
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Neville Keery
1 month ago

Fine haiku with a modern feel.

Berni Dwan
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Berni Dwan
1 month ago

These are brilliant, clever and observant, Pauline. You paint big and true pictures with few words. One, three and four are my favourites.

Neville Keery
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Neville Keery
1 month ago

Pauline Hall Haiku. Excellent, with a real modern ring.

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