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Pandemic haiku

James Dwyer

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2020.044


As a small spiritual practice, I write one haiku every day. I don’t try to imitate classical Japanese haiku, with 17 syllables, a word that divides the poem, and a word that indicates the season. But I do use this practice to cultivate a Zen spirit: mindfulness of the moment, responsiveness to the concrete situation, and a sense of the impermanence of life. Because the Covid-19 pandemic requires those qualities – and a lot more – I kept up my practice during the pandemic.

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