Broken Haiku: A Day in the Life of a Shut-In

by Jessica Renee Dawson

Pandemic light
baptized in four walls
every morning

            Morning news
            a beaver takes a walk
           to the strip mall

she waits for groceries
at her doorstep

            Nature quest
            she peaks through glass
            to glimpse sky 

Paper hearts
taped to the window
giving thanks

            Home care aide
          a medical mask
            veils her smile

her pink-toed socks
match pyjamas

            Church pew:
           a computer chair overflows
           with prayer

Home hospital bed
the rising and falling
of her breath

Jessica Renee Dawson is a writer with disabilities living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. She has taken poetry and English writing through North Island College and workshops with award winning poets, Lynne Knight, and Jan Zwicky. Dawson’s works have appeared in journals including Poetry Quarterly, Haiku Journal, Under the Bashō, The Tulane Review, Wild Plum, and Wales Haiku Journal. In April 2020, she was a haiku contest winner with Penumbra Literary and Art Journal, housed in California State University-Stanislaus. Sabiyha Prince is an anthropologist, artist, and author based in Washington, DC.  Her books and essays explore urban change and African American culture, and her paintings and photo collages grapple with memory, identity, kinship and inequality.

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