Haiku for COVID times

A neighbor invited many to offer some haiku for the times of the COVID-19 virus.

Here are some of mine.

Infectious laugh.
A lovely gliding boat ride.
One cough. Birds scatter!

Shining summertime.
Boats glide across the water.
But first, healthy masks.

Boat parties sound fun!
One bad, sudden cough erupts!
Long swim to dry shore.

Springtime flowers bloom.
The birds are happy this year.
Don’t they watch the news?

I choose healthy food,
Solid news sources, good friends.
Why carry ill will?

Extra time at home.
Time for those resolutions?
Maybe tomorrow.

Quarantine Haiku?
Westerners as Asian bards?
Let’s write limericks!

New word for the year
Look ma! I can spell.

Cheap seats on airplanes?
Cruise ship discounts? Low rent inns?
Don’t pay in advance.

Eager shoppers beg.
Long-haired, long-nailed patrons plea.
Now? Are we there yet?

Fast reopening.
The early bird gets the bug.
I’m no canary.

Point right, left, East, West.
Blaming fingers miss the mark.
Focus on the bug.

Five, seven, five beats.
Are Haiku our heart’s rhythm?
Or just stutter poems?

Think outside the box.
Boundaries separate us.
We’re in the same boat.

Free ride on the lake?
Best to take a solo ride.
Not for me. No thanks.


A different Dan In Real Life (yet not really that different)

Dan In Real Life (the movie)
Dan In Real Life (the movie)

Quotes from the movie “Dan In Real Life”

Dan Burns: “Instead of telling our young people to plan ahead, we should tell them to plan to be surprised.”

Dan Burns: “You know that feeling in your heart? When your heart is just pounding, like it’s actually outside your ribs. Exposed, vulnerable, but wonderful and awful, and heartsick, and alive, all at the same time?”

Dan Burns: “What don’t I understand, Cara? Please, help me out. What is it? Is it frustrating that you can’t be with this person? That there’s something keeping you apart? That there’s something about this person that you can connect with? And whenever you’re near this person, you don’t know what to say, and you say everything that’s in your mind and in your heart, and you know that if you could just be together, that this person would help you become the best possible version of yourself?”

Marie: “I’m looking for a book… something that can help me deal with what might be an awkward situation. Something funny might be nice, but not necessarily big, ‘ha, ha, ha,’ ‘laugh, laugh, laugh’ funny, and certainly not make-fun-of-other-people funny but rather something human-funny. And, uh, if it could uh, sneak up on you, surprise you, and at the same time make you think that what you thought wasn’t only right, in a wrong kind of way, but when you’re wrong, there’s a certain rightness in your wrongness… Well, what I mean is, more importantly, I’m looking to be swept up! And at the same time, not.”
Dan Burns: “Well, you rarely find all that in one book.”