Social Distancing Haiku

NPR (National Public Radio in the USA) has asked people to write Haiku about their social distancing experience. For more examples like the haiku above, go to:

Write your own social distancing haiku! Just stick this simple 3-line format:

5 syllables,

7 syllables,

5 syllables


— and share it with us in the comments below!



For those who are unfamiliar, Haiku is a form of poetry, first made popular in Japan, which has become appreciated around the world.

The most basic definition of haiku is a three line poem where the 1st and 3rd lines are 5 syllables and the 2nd line is 7 syllables. Traditionally, haiku are about nature and usually use seasonal or weather words.

Written in present tense, haiku is meant to be “in the moment,” taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary. Poetic devices like metaphor, simile, rhyme, etc are not used. Haiku is meant to be simple. Capitalization is not necessary, and punctuation is minimal or not there at all as haiku are meant to feel open, almost unfinished. The poetry in haiku is created by juxtaposing the two parts to create resonance.




12 thoughts on “Social Distancing Haiku

  1. Nuisance before,
    Nature takes creation back,
    Devastation now.

    Time runs out for us,
    Human’s children will eat us,
    But us won’t lose war.

    Distance divide us,
    But now united by heart,
    Fighting is out art.

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