I started keeping my #haikudiary on the anniversary of the day in 2020 when we learned that the world was in the midst of a pandemic: March 11. Two days later, March 13, 2020, I saw those students in person for the last time.
I have been a Remote Learning Academy teacher all of this year and have never had all of my students in the same room at the same time...except through my computer screen. Being an RLA teacher is an intense and overwhelming (at times) amount of work, but that is balanced by the joy my students bring me. I mention the work by way of explaining why I will only be writing a haiku a day this year. That's all I can manage. Most of my haiku will use the traditional 5-7-5 syllable count and will focus on the natural world. Others might more rightly be called senryu because they will focus on human nature.
April 2 Dawn