November 1, 2020

Kashiana Singh

NORMAL HAIKU

 

rare blue moon—
another ambulance
and blue lights

 

obituaries—
age, color, caste
no bar

 

tourist season—
an empty colosseum
of silent coffins

 

war zones—
a world-wide bunker
of chaos

 

shallow breaths—
grandma whispers
a final blessing

 

cancelled flights—
the godwit migrates
again this year

 

ocean waves—
the dip and rise
of economics

from Poets Respond
November 1, 2020

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Kashiana Singh: “The haiku are in response to the heaviness of the pandemic, the tension of not being able to do anything. I have been writing these as my own imaginary epitaph submissions for those we have been losing, just my own selfish way to unburden. There are many many more of these I have written—I’m sharing seven that I selected which represent in my view our ability to be vulnerable in a normal way, not become used to the new normal. The trigger point to writing this was an article about an essential worker who went into refrigerators and vans to place yellow flowers she bought on unknown dead bodies just to be able to do something ‘normal’ for them. But she really did it for herself.” (web)

 

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