quarantine
an orange peel
fills the room


5 Responses

  1. P. Dugan Says:

    How contemporary Packer's poem is in a time of Ebola and posited cures
    using massive quantities of vitamin C, colloidal (spelling?) silver, etc. Thanks for
    the beautiful understatement.

  2. Alan Summers Says:

    .
    quarantine
    an orange peel
    fills the room

    —ROLAND PACKER

    We enter or re-enter a time of quarantine or discussion of global quarantine, so this will be continually topic, which is a power of haiku.

    The wonderful last two lines are not just literal, the scent does travel, but shows not tells how contagious modern viruses and diseases can be despite the lack of co-ordinated interest and endeavour by governments around the world.

    A very strong haiku showing the power of apparently unrelated topics being anything but in actuality.

    It's one that I would love to include in my forthcoming book on haiku called Writing Poetry: the haiku way.

    Hopefully the author may give me permission.

    warm regards,

    Alan

  3. Gisele LeBlanc Says:

    I love the subtlety in this one and how it leaves plenty of room for interpretation. Very nicely crafted.

  4. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    No one can stop the scent of an orange once the skin has been broken – inspired!

    marion

  5. Dery Says:

    That which plunges us into an infinite abyss.

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