Lockdown Haiku by Angelina Bong

Caged cenobium
Rice and chopsticks
Fights and laughter

Silence echoes
louder than TV blasting
Humming memory

Sprouting beans
new hobby in a kettle
Wait in the dark

First harvest
grown in quarantine
free of price tags

Seek the sacred
Modern upper room
Daily journal

Shut up
Read death haikus
Tea brewing slowly

Searching for life
in old books while

Spring cleaning
Aching arms tone up
Lose the years

Short distance driving
New luxury after
four walls

Masks and gloves
Grocery shopping
is an adventure


Angelina Bong is a poet and visual artist with a background in Fashion. She has read and performed in South Korea, Malaysia, South Africa, Botswana, UK, Australia, India, Japan and Egypt with some poems translated into Korean, Malayalam, Japanese, Arabic, French and Malay. She is published online and in print including several poetry festival anthologies. Her most recent guest poet appearance was at the 51st Cairo International Book Fair 2020, Egypt in January 2020. She chirps on Twitter and Instagram at @swakgel.

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