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Good Riddance to a Bad Year in Haiku Form

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Here are (almost) all the haiku we received. They are in no particular order because...2020.

Wuhan spikes blew in

Fauci taught and fought in vain

Vaccination time!

-Gail Hoover


Order a Corona?

Think twice about that next time!

Lose your sense of taste?

-Brad Coffey


A cold thinks I have

poultice; solstice virus? Gads!

Hopeful vernal thoughts 

-Brenda C. Owens-Ryder


Too much suffering,

Isolated, fearful, death

Dark World, Soon be light

-Caroline Kozsey


Oh twenty-twenty,

You taxed my sense of being.

Twenty-one brings hope.

-Lawrence H Fram


Of all we have lost

This a cold comfort remains

We cast you away!

-Patrick Acurio 


Before you come in

Read updated symptom list

"Cannot write poems"

-Rosemary Ludway


My muse is ailing

Another COVID victim

Quick! Call an artist!

-Rosemary Ludway


Covid’s been a blast.

Twenty-twenty’s gone at last.

Stop sitting on your-

-Eugene Heard


If Rip Van Winkle

Could sleep so long, just wake me

When Covid’s over


A reason for joy

“Alexander Hamilton”

Amazing, thrilling


Twenty twenty came

And taught us Zoom was a verb

What else have we learned?


Anthony Fauci

Showed intelligent caring

Our nation’s hero


Anthony Fauci

Inoculated Santa

And saved our Christmas


In a year this grim

We wore masks on our faces

And smiled with our eyes


So sad for people

Sick, hungry, homeless, jobless

What a dreadful year


Disinfectant wipes

Toilet paper, masks, sourdough

Old people store hours


Missing hugs, kisses

Grandson, daughters and travel

Give me the vaccine!


Happy, happy news

A joyous marriage and a

New life together

-Tamara Pendleton 


Orders were: stay home 

All preconceptions be gone 


-John Koenig 


Bright starlike flowers

Shine by what was once a home,

Traces of a trail.

-R.E. Monroe


New Year is coming.

2021.  Hindsight

is 2020.

-Laurelle Palmer


Opening the doors,

At midnight release the woes,

A gentle New Year. 

-Karen Broeckel


A sad, bad, mad year

Glad to say goodbye to you

You are history 

-Janice H.


So, "This too will pass"

I would like that notarized,

Making it legit

-Vondell Petry


Terrible headlines 

Bad news day in and day out 

Wave the year goodbye 

-Adrienne Yost Hart


All that we’ve endured!

On Thanksgiving, no in-laws.

So it’s not all bad.

-John Bertschler


Theatres are closed

Concert and Dance halls silent

Streaming saves the day.

-Steven Pastor


Oh, how thrilled I'll be,

When this year has gone and past, 

And healing begins. 

-Haley Reash-Henz


face-first in wet snow

the inflatable Santa:

it's 20-20!

-Ann Lee


kicking to the curb

the year two thousand twenty

--a Hogmanay toast

("Hogmanay" is Scottish for old year's night celebrating the end of the year and the new year beginning) 

-Nancy Brady


What no one will miss, 

The year we’ll never forget. 

WCLV has kept us sane. 


A return to normalcy, 

WCLV kept us sane, 

Welcome 2021. 

-David Ritchey


A year of the worst 

In people, and of the hope 

We’re all clinging to. 


Staying up to watch

The ball drop to make sure this 

Year actually ends. 


Making peace with Zoom,

But I hope to goodness to

Never use again. 


The year makes quite a

Dramatic exit; let’s hope

The next is calmer. 

-Sara Phillips 


I’ll make you a deal

‘bout this year you can’t refuse:


-John Dober


The shot is ouchy

but Dr. Fauci said "Yes."

So shall I....I guess.

-Martha Blachly-Cross


If you made it through

without mental health issues,

something's wrong with you.

-Steve Jones


Twenty twenty ends.

Breathe a big sigh of relief.

Hope next year’s better

-Ralph Higgins


Covid in the air.

I see a way out of this.

Rocket ship prepared.

-Marvin Mullins


I’m knitting a lot. 

“Don’t cut what you can untie!”

This year? Cut it off!

-Gretchen Hallerberg


The year of the rat

Our annus horribilis

Good riddance to it!

-Margaret Bradford


As Yoda might quip

Good riddance twenty-twenty

Miss you we will not!

-Ken and Di Makar


A virus rampant

Politics unusual

Good will to all, please!

-S. Joshua Mendel



archaeologists dig up

ancient Clorox Wipes

-Barb Wilberg