Haibun – Phase Two – April 28, 2020

Haibun — Phase Two — April 28, 2020

So, yesterday I didn’t go online. The happy days of singing from the balconies and the enthusiastic – “This too shall pass! Yes We’re going to make it!” has gone by the wayside with lost jobs, death tolls, polemics and accusations. And the ravens caw all around us.

in darkest hours
old blackbird sings his song
remembering spring

It’s not that the emergency is over. People are just scared or worse bored. They aren’t worrying that there are still people dying. All too often people only understand when they too are touched. Just as they don’t know of the millions who sicken and die from lack of food or water. A photo is worth a thousand words, but pain is intimate and real.

no rain has fallen
even the flies hide away
– deadly drought

Many days have passed and many things have changed, if only for a few days. Cleaner air, cleaner water and the animals have returned. Everywhere films were made and some cheers were raised. Pretty pretty … But now humanity is tired of sheltering from a silent invisible killer, which when you look closely only kills the old and weak. The economy is wounded, petrol again has no value, people are not consuming. Stop Phase one we need to hurry up phase two!

in the silence
earthshine crescent moon
spring of COVID

© gsk ’20

Here in Europe, the common blackbird is a species of true thrush. It is also called Eurasian blackbird, or simply blackbird where this does not lead to confusion with a similar-looking local species. It breeds in Europe, Asiatic Russia, and North Africa.

In North America when one talks about a blackbirds one usually thinks about a crows or a ravens which are a completely different thing.

Read about blackbirds here:

5 thoughts on “Haibun – Phase Two – April 28, 2020

    • I think the old people in retirement and nursing homes are dying everywhere en masse. Some of the very old I’ve been told would have died because they could not safely have been put onto respirators because they’d have died anyway from heart failure. In many countries these deaths have not been included in the count because they did not take place in hospital, so there are probably more deaths that we don’t yet know about (and may never know about). And then there are the deaths of people who died at home…again not in hospital. It’s very sad.

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  1. My state, Texas, has tested only 1% of the population. Of those tested 8.5% tested positive. Positive patients have had rates of: 46% recover, 6.2% still hospitalized, and 2.5% have died. Of course these numbers are in constant flux. Just this week a retirement/nursing center just over two miles from our home found 35 residents and 15 staff with Covid-19. Non essential businesses will be reopening on Friday, May 1. So only time will tell how this all plays out in the long run. Dr. Fauci noted that antiviral drug remdesivir showed good news as a treatment for Covid. Ya’ll stay safe, keep the faith and put down that chip!

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