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



Photos were taken today, May 7, 2020.

Haikai Challenge 5-3-20 Flower Moon

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cherry blossoms – – haiku

park closure . . .

cherry blossoms open

in solitude



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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:


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


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