Two hay(na)ku: Greatest Dear Leader & SARS-CoV-2

Day 10 of NaPoWriMo 2020

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Greatest Dear Leader
 

Amateurs
shun experts
form death squads.
 
Party
of Lincoln’s
cult of personality.
 
Liar
lies umpeenth
time, gaslights millions.
 
Push
Unproven cures,
Cover up incompetency.
 
Lie, cheat, disenfranchise
Steal the election.

 

SARS-CoV-2
 
Caged
in home
grounded by virus
 
New
vocabulary enters
lexicon – physical distancing.
 
Sacrifice
little freedom,
save many lives.
 
Life’s
little pleasures,
appreciated, when lost.

 

Now  new normal
for foreseeable future.

 

Notes:

 

Notes:  Day 10 of NaPoWriMo 2020.  The prompt is “is another one from the archives, first suggested to us by long-time Na/GloPoWriMo participant Vince Gotera. It’s the hay(na)ku). Created by the poet Eileen Tabios and named by Vince, the hay(na)ku is a variant on the haiku. A hay(na)ku consists of a three-line stanza, where the first line has one word, the second line has two words, and the third line has three words. You can write just one, or chain several together into a longer poem. For example, you could write a hay(na)ku sonnet, like the one that Vince himself wrote back during NaPoWriMo 2012! ”

Here’s my hay(na)ku sonnet from 2015: Alternate Universe.  I was really trying hard to stay away from the whole virus and the orange cheeto thing. But, when things are front and center, it is hard not to think (and write) about it.  The two 30 words hay(na)ku sonnets just spilled out.

 

Alternate Universe

Day 27 of NaPoWriMo.  Today’s prompt is to write a hay(na)ku.  A varian of haiku – it has 3-line stanza “where the first line has one word, the second line has two words, and the third line has three words”.  I chained a few together into a hay(na)ku sonnet based on an example – 4 stanzas ending in a couplet.  Just like the example, the couplet also has 6 words, which of course, I stretched  the rules a bit by using hyphenated words.

One
Direction intact
In Hawkins’ multiverse.

Sequenced
genome can
resurrect woolly mammoth.

Volcano
under Yellowstone
can destroy USA.

House
Committee says
What climate change?

Doomsday isn't instantaneous,
It's slo-mo train-wreck.

References (just so that I remember where I read these headlines):

Hawkins

Mammoth

Yellowstone

Congress