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Metropolis Abandoned: Haikus about Loneliness in the City during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Paul is an Engineer. A graduate from a Catholic University. A rebel and a romantic...

Loneliness in the City during times of Pandemic

Loneliness is a mental health concern which affected many people world-wide during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Many people ended 2019 with relief and entered 2020 with optimism. However, Covid-19 happend and the optimism had been replaced with feeling of fear and uncertainty.

Restaurants, Pubs, Movie Houses, and Coffee Shops are suddenly closed. Life changed before your eyes. The illusion of with people in a busy mall is now gone. Now you realize you are alone.



This concrete jungle
Lit by the distant blue moon
Knows you are alone.


Grass under your feet
Tells you to put on your shoes
And run away fast.


Thunder threatening
Water ecstatic...rising
Little flower drowned....


Butterflies looking
For flowers to give their Muse
Sadly they found none...


The bus is leaving
Soon the shadows will find out
That their friend is gone.


Wind makes bamboo dance
Testing her resilience
Before the storm comes.


Fame fortune all gone
Metropolis abandoned...
No more souls to sell


Go! Run like a deer!
The city is collapsing!
Leave the gold...take love!

© 2018 Paul Balagtas


Paul Balagtas (author) from Philippines on August 08, 2019:

Thank you Ms. Lora. I wrote this after seeing signs of collapse in my country and other places in the world. We accept failure and regret immediately but not lessons. It is true that we embrace wisdom when it is too late...

Lora Hollings on August 07, 2019:

Beautiful haikus, Paul. They really flowed and evoked vivid imagery. I especially liked the last two. We don't acquire wisdom, often times, until it is too late. Thanks for sharing.

Paul Balagtas (author) from Philippines on December 11, 2018:

Thanks Jigs for appreciating the haikus.

Jigs on November 19, 2018:

Nice haiku!

Paul Balagtas (author) from Philippines on November 17, 2018:

Thanks Mr. John. I really enjoy writing haikus lately....

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on November 17, 2018:

Very well-written haiku here, Paul. So well connected into one longer poem. I love of the city collapsing subject too.

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