Coronavirus Haikus
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These haiku sum up our Covid-19 pandemic struggles perfectly

Been there, and still doing it: eloquently written Japanese poems about these unprecedented times

Emma Steen
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Emma Steen

There are lots of ways to distract yourself from the seemingly unending wrath of the coronavirus pandemic. Some have dedicated hours upon hours to make sourdough bread from scratch. Others are more than happy to make their way through their long Netflix watchlist.

There are also those who don’t shy away from spending time alone with their own thoughts, choosing instead to write poems that sum up the experience of fighting over toilet paper and living the same day over on repeat. These haiku, which consist of three lines each following a syllable count of 5/7/5, are among some of our favourites in their contemplative relatability.

When you can't remember the day of the week

All the days blending
together into a stew
But not a good stew.

- Wanda Engracia

When WFH doesn't quite agree with you

Work from home? Now? How?
Miss office space, colleagues face
Boomer learning Zoom

- Anita Thompson-Heisterman

When some days are harder than others 

Schools closed, children home
running, screaming, crying loud.
Not them, I meant me.

- Ramon Presson

When song lyrics have a whole new meaning 

Sting wrote our anthem:
Don't stand so, don't stand so, don't
stand so close to me

- Ramon Presson

Presson wrote more coronavirus-inspired haiku for the Williamson HomePage. You can read all 24 of them here

When everyone decides to become a baker at once

I search for yeast, yes
To bake the bread we don’t knead
Gotta stay busy

- Dr Amy Bass

When you're getting dirty looks on the subway 

Sniffling and sneezing
My head floats, my mind fogs over
Promise it’s a cold 

- Jesse Glucksman

Coronavirus Haikus
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When you start eating out less 

母さんの料理がコロナで美味(うま)くなる (印南颯真(いんなみかずま)さん)

My mother’s cooking
Has gotten better thanks to

- Kazuma Inami (Inami won a gold medal prize for this submission to his school's Haiku competition)

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