QUARANTINE HAIKU

by Saramanda Swigart

Evening dusts the sky
In the hush of the city
Loneliness descends

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No screen time quotas,
Just work, “homeschool,” arts, crafts, meals
Sad kaleidoscope

• • •

Spiders, welcome in
Remain up there while we wait
Out this quarantine

• • •

The strain of waiting
My heart malnourished at home
Grows toward the sunlight

• • •

Red cushion, next to
Blue one that still holds your form,
Embodies absence

• • •

Gray day inside
Though it’s spring and the jasmine
Winds around the fence


Saramanda Swigart is thrilled to be writing fiction exclusively after years of writing advertising copy and corporate literature. She completed an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a supplementary degree in literary translation. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Alembic, Border Crossing, The Broken Plate, Caveat Lector, Clarion, Diverse Arts Project, East Jasmine Review, Euphony, Expanded Field, Fogged Clarity, Glint Literary Journal, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Grief Diaries, The Literati Quarterly, OxMag, The Penmen Review, The MacGuffin, Ragazine, Superstition Review, and Thin Air; her work has received an honorable mention from Glimmer Train and a 2017 Pushcart Prize nomination. Saramanda is working on translating some of the more salacious stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Saramanda teaches at City College of San Francisco.