March - May 2020

Small poem, global reach.




A global album of haiku-style poems in which to document and share our collective coronavirus, quarantine, and social distancing experiences.

PROJECT SUMMARY: From March to late May 2020, we collected and posted haiku-style poems—called coronakus—on the topic of global quarantine and social distancing measures. This was very much a community endeavor, and the call for contributions was issued to poets and non-poets alike. Thank you to everyone who participated. Scroll down to reach our coronaku gallery, and stay tuned for more One Planet Poetry projects.

What is a coronaku?

Traditionally, haiku is a form of Japanese poetry consisting of three lines and seventeen syllables: 5 in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the third. Often, haiku has nature as its subject.

A coronaku is a simple twist on haiku. A coronaku contains a fourth line consisting of one word (of any syllable length). Why? Because it's unexpected—and so are the circumstances in which we currently find ourselves as a global community.

The subject of a coronaku can be anything related to the writer's experience of the current coronavirus pandemic and its accompanying quarantine, self-isolation, and social distancing measures.

Below are the coronakus we received from March to late May 2020. For many, this time period marked the start of quarantine/lockdown measures related to the coronavirus.

Coronaku Gallery: We Are One Planet

(Click on a single poem to enlarge it.)

Marina - Untitled
Marina - Untitled
Fortina - Untitled
First Bloom
Maria - Us
Claire - Poem for Covid
Brenda - Untitled
A Boat Waits
Corie - Untitled
Brenda - Untitled
Joanna - Untitled
Jessica Renee - Untitled
Brenda - Untitled
Love Mug
Marsh - Untitled
Brenda - Untitled
Brenda - Untitled
Love Over All
Brenda - Untitled
Vick - Untitled
Brenda - Untitled
Brenda - Untitled
Marsh - Untitled
Brenda - Untitled
Cassie - Dueling
Cassie - Dueling 1
Diana - Untitled
Diana - Untitled
Brenda - Untitled
Gail - Untitled
More Bread
Helen - Untitled
David - Untitled
Tali - Untitled
Gail - Respite
Mo - Untitled
Easter Basket
Mo - Untitled
Karen - Untitled
Janelle - Untitled
Janelle - Untitled
Marsh - Untitled
Marsh - Untitled
Amy - Untitled
Stay Happy
Cathy - Sheltered-In-Place
Irene - Turvy-Topsy
Andrea - Untitled
Lorraine - No? Yes!
Bevin - Untitled
Andrea & Anthony - Quarantined
Sherry - But We Must
Sherry - Who Knew?
Sherry - Desperate Search
Lorraine - Untitled
Lorraine - Untitled
Lori - Untitled
Sarah - Cabin Fever VS Quarantine
Lynette - From My Window
Cathy - Sheltering-In-Place 4
Julianna - Untitled
Candice - Untitled
Andrea - Quiet Time
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Janet - Untitled
Candice - Untitled
Judy - Untitled
Candice - Untitled
Cathy - Sheltering-in-Place 3
Nancy - Mindful
Cathy - Sheltering-in-Place 2
Cathy - Sheltering-in-Place
Spring Buds
Jerry - NED
Paul - Social Distancing
Ila - Untitled
Pat - Untitled
Lisa - Untitled
Lorrie - What I'd Rather Do
Sally - Untitled
Evan - Untitled
Lynn - Behind All This
Lorrie - In the Garden
Leslie - Untitled
Edward - Untitled
Kelly - Untitled
Julianna - Love
Lucy - This Day Should Be More Fun
Kate - Social Distancing
Kate - LLNW
Kate - Social Distancing
Kim - Untitled
Aarry - Keeping in Touch
Loud hailer
Marilyn - Why
Marilyn - Untitled
Marina - Untitled
Nature Walk
Judy - Postponed
Donna - Untitled
Nancy - Channeling
Spring Comes Anyway
Lael - Agenda II (Mist)
Ben - Untitled
A Door in Northern Ireland
Lael - Lent
Sonya - Untitled
Ross - Put a Bow on It
Lael - The Question
David - Untitled
Marina - Second Breakfast
Judy - Family Meal
Fresh Bread
Kyle - The Choice
Nancy - Untitled
Jerry - Untitled
Miriam - Untitled
Doctor Preparing for Covid Shift
Nancy - Rationalizing
Nancy - Deep Breaths (No Covid)
Dorothy - In the Kitchen
Dorothy - Peace
Kathy - Untitled
Margaret - Untitled
Casco Viejo, Panama City
Fran - Untitled
Elaine - Untitled
Elaine - Untitled
Elaine - Untitled
Pastor Chilton - Untitled
Off Limits
Miriam - Untitled
Nancy - Untitled
Kathy - Untitled
Kathy - Mask
Margaret - Untitled
Sally - Untitled
Fran - Untitled
Kathy - Untitled
Fran - Untitled
Elizabeth - Quarantine
Indoor Cat

How to Write a Coronaku

A coronaku is slightly different from a traditional haiku.

  • Write a first line that contains 5 syllables.

  • Write a second line that contains 7 syllables.

  • Write a third line that contains 5 syllables again.

  • Now, write a fourth line that contains just one word (of any syllable length).

  • Your poem may or may not contain punctuation or capitalization, as you choose.

Your coronaku should relate to your experience with the coronavirus or with quarantine, self-isolation, or social distancing measures. That doesn't mean it has to mention those things, however. How are you spending your time these days? What are you thinking, wishing, planning, noticing?

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