reopening – – haibun

The library email announces they have reopened. I may pick up the item that was on hand just before the lockdown. An excursion! I roll into the deserted community centre parking lot and spot the curbside sign with the library phone number. I obediently dial and speak to a librarian who will bring my item out to the cart near the door—about 10 metres away from where I am parked. When she comes outside we exchange waves and smiles. She disappears into the building. This is my cue to get out of my car and walk to the cart. There waiting for me is a brown paper bag with my name on it. I notice a container of Lysol wipes and a hand sanitizer pump next to it…part of a disinfection decor? “Perhaps I should get out more often” I muse as I walk back to my car.

public places

going out for a taste of

surreal

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©️2020 Ontheland

hazy moon – – haibun

Another full moon is swelling in the southern sky, the second, since March 11 when the World Health Organization declared the Pandemic. They call it the ‘flower moon’. Here, on my patch of land in Eastern Ontario, daffodils and a few dandelions have complied. This year, nature’s spring has been unfolding in a gentle steady way.

Behind doors and out on the streets there have been other, human stories…. these are about to take a new turn, as we enter the gradual easing of lockdown.

hazy moon…

the corona ball still rolling

toward the pins

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Photos were taken today, May 7, 2020.

Haikai Challenge 5-3-20 Flower Moon

©️2020 Ontheland

cherry blossoms – – haiku

park closure . . .

cherry blossoms open

in solitude

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©️2020 Ontheland

Haikai Challenge #136

In Toronto they will be closing High Park when cherry blossoms bloom in early May…to prevent the usual crowds of spectators which would undoubtedly be a COVID 19 risk. The city may be offering a video or livestream so that blossom fans may at least witness this year’s spectacle from home. A video from Sakura Watch describes the situation:

https://youtu.be/84anfjmLzLY


pandemonium – – haibun

pandemonium . . .

the curve is rising

a curve is falling

lives counted as numbers

as open graves

two metres down

or between us

casting blame

before it’s over

when we need

more testing

more research

more PPE . . .

stay home

make a mask

find inner calm

.

how soon

the full moon departs

into darkness

.

©️2020 Ontheland