Linked Haiku in The Spirit of Gratitude in the Time of Coronavirus 俳句

Bird in Magnolia Tree II, Osaka, Japan by Sydney Solis. This photograph can be purchased as a print and more at Studio Solis at Society6.

I entered some haiku in a call for The Haiku Foundation’s The Haiku Hecameron: Gratitude in the Time of COVID-19, to include 100 poets. I didn’t make the cut out of 400, but I won just by writing and submitting!

I wanted to participate in the Hailstone Haiku Circle’s first online rodokukai (reading meet) with the theme of Secrets and Discoveries in the Coronavirus time. Alas, the 2:30 am alarm I set was promptly destroyed here in Florida to make the 4:30 pm Kyoto time! Enjoy the haiku of the participants here.

Haiku is one of those amazing arts from Japan’s living mythology that sustains my psyche and keeps me connected to sacred nature to cope with the profane world of life back here in the USA. So here is my linked verse in the Spirit of Gratitude in the time of Coronavirus.


Bird in Japanese Magnolia Tree, Osaka, Japan. This photograph can be purchased as wall art and more at Studio Solis on Society6.com.

Linked Haiku

in the Spirit of Gratitude

in the Time of Coronavirus

By Sydney Solis


a red-winged blackbird 

sings among cattails —

how cool the breeze!


morning birdsong

outside the window brightens  

a world trapped inside


she combs her long hair   

he watches —

april light rising


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