Sally's Haiku Lockdown Diary - February 2021

Updated: Mar 2, 2021


A sea shanty, sung

in laundry basket boats, with

tennis racquet oars.

A crop of snowdrops:

pearl perfect tears, against a

swamp of rotten leaves.

Evan Rachel Wood

joins four others accusing

Manson of abuse.


Hatewear, Sadwear, I

don’t care about today’s wear:

not going ‘out there’.

Kushner for Peace Prize!?

Trump defender nominates

scandal-tainted brat.

Will missed schooling cost

in future earnings, without

radical catch-up?


Almost half of Heads

consider leaving teaching

after pandemic.

Henry VIII clause

to be challenged in court, in

row over State Aid.

Climate action sounds

a death knell for era of



Thornberry had more balls,

but the best choices are not

party policy.

Labour’s young members

joined for Corbyn and got a

New Labour Blairite.

Things fall apart, the

centre cannot hold: Labour

under Keir Starmer.

Pressure on Sunak:

inflict mass unemployment

or extend furlough.


Ryan Air advert

encouraging people to

just ‘jab and go’ banned.


When boredom scrolling

escalates into twenty

pairs of Nordic Socks.

Dreading, dreading my

am dentist appointment:

cost and the terror.


House votes to remove

Republican extremist

from committee roles.

Fox network lurches

further to the right to win

‘hard-edge’ Trump faction.

School meals: DfE

‘unconcerned’ at contractor’s

large profit margins.


Five-year-old at the

making-up-jokes stage. Bring help,

or gin for courage.


Small Thing scales the bed:

“Mum, are you getting up yet?”

I croak for coffee.


Shoots of green between

the last year’s dead. Spires of hope

for a better year.

The biscuit judging

commences in chaos of

crumbs and calories.

Rice’s Whale confirmed

as new, already threatened

species, off South Coast.


Of front-line nurses,

15 percent still without

vaccine protection.

‘Queen’s Consent’ used to

lobby and veto changes

that don’t serve the crown.


Trump impeachment trial

begins over ‘fight like hell’

tweeted rally cry.


Older women make

people anxious. Mary Beard

on Modern Witches.


My morning coffee

haiku ritual scuppered by

a quiet news day.

Texas lawyer stuck

on Zoom filter, informs Judge

he is not a cat.

Divided Senate

rules that impeachment trial is


Open secret of

family abuse exposes

France’s Great and Good.


Doomed by his own words:

Trump’s twitter archives in court

on day two of trial.

Plans afoot to seize

ministerial control

over NHS.

Tory wrecking ball:

would you trust Toxic Tigger

with our Health Service?


‘Cabin Fever’: a

romaticisation of

current living space.

Cumbria coalmine:

plans causing widespread outrage

now under review.

The US deserves

emphatic rejection of

Trump-style politics.


Impeachment ‘show’ trial

not expected to succeed,

though still symbolic.

Conclusion of trial

delayed by call to summon

witnesses to stand.

Witness vote vetoed

by deal, as impeachment trial

brings final vote near.

What is wrong in law,

when justice cannot be served?

A plague on his house.