March 2021 Haiku Round-Up

Neen Writes behind the verse mar2021 haiku

Judging by the #HaikuTuesdays, March 2021 seemed to be pretty consistent in terms of regular posts. This is where I’ll cue a huge sigh of relief since I can now say that I have made a conscious effort in curating my IG feed with poems. And for the first time since I started this IG page, I was posting poems and haikus weekly. Yas! Fingers crossed that I’ll keep doing it for the rest of the year.

Haiku 1: Rest your soul tonight

For me, haikus are a great exercise for my brain. It turns off the barrage of thoughts in my mind. And all I have to do is to think of that 5-7-5 syllables. It’s actually like a game for me. So this one is from the haiku vault in my trusted Evernote app. I have a notebook of haikus on my phone. Some are okay, and some are cringey bad, but this one turned out alright. 

Haiku 2: Hope will cripple you

This is also one of those haikus that weren’t half bad as the other pile of 5-7-5 syllables on my phone. I wrote it because I think I watched or read (can’t really remember) something about hope, that sometimes being hopeful can be detrimental to a person. I remembered contemplating about it, and that’s why we have this haiku here. 

Haiku 3: The world will stay numb

This one I wrote amidst the rising COVID-19 cases and thus, derailing my birthday plans for two consecutive years now. And yes, it was my birthday that day. Instead of eating out, we just had food delivered at home. Overall, it was a good birthday. I got the cake that I wanted and my boyfriend gifted me something I really loved. BUT at the back of my mind, there’s still a pandemic. It was kinda like deja vu actually. The way COVID-19 cases kept rising was too eerily similar to the events of last year. 

Haiku 4: I don’t know why this

This haiku is also from the vault. I wrote it long ago in between commutes when I just wanted my mind to wander and be a little creative. This was around the time that I was uncertain about my future and the trajectory of my career in the corporate world. So I just wanted to distract myself for a moment and write something that is not work-related. 

Haiku 5: Once I slept for peace

This one is actually inspired by a poem I wrote recently. Taking solace in sleep is something that I did ever since the lockdown happened. We’re now back to square one a year after, and I just couldn’t help but surrender to the grief and pain that seems to wrap up the entire country. 

That’s it for the Haiku Round-Up for March 2021. Did anyone notice that I actually made a template for the last two weeks of the posts? I wanted to have a unified look for the #HaikuTuesdays posts but I kept trying to postpone it. So now at last, it’s been decided (by me) that all the haikus will have that template from now on. But that’s just my silly attempt at making an ~aesthetically pleasing~ feed. So don’t mind it too much. 

Published by Neen Ramos

Neen Ramos is a Pinay (Filipina) who loves to devour pop culture and random stuff on the Internet. A lover of good books and a cup of coffee, her Spotify playlist keeps her sane as she juggles her remote work and TV show marathons. She's a self-proclaimed foodie and a habitual bargain addict. You can find her aspirational Insta-poet alter ego (@whatneenwrites) on Twitter and Instagram.

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