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Haikus about Self-Quarantine

by Daniel Dana

March 2020

Daniel Dana

Self Quarantine Report

in paired confinement
conjugal imprisonment
our luxury jail

two-bedroom, two-bath
internet, cable TV
comfy, just like home

great view of the bay
pantry stocked for life sentence
vintage dinner wine

daily walks allowed
sunset movie every night
introverts' delight!

serving our hard time
hands washed, safe social distance
could be worse... much worse

The Black Swan Has Landed

Tranquility Base
bomb shocks peaceful agora
left field's sneak attack

friends lose livelihoods
neighbors' fragile nest eggs crack
elders dread health scare

dim new normal dawns
surreal world supplants the old
fog lifts at crash scene

reframe this picture...
lucky, compared to Earth-mates
think of Syrians

pandemic's lessons:
no woulda-coulda-shoulda
this phoenix shall rise


Holding the Ph.D. in psychology, Dan Dana served for several years as a professor of organizational behavior at the University of Hartford (Connecticut) Graduate School of Business, and has held faculty appointments at Syracuse University and several other institutions. (A former student once called him "Doctor Conflict," and the moniker stuck!)

As the founder and managing director of the Mediation Training Institute International, Dr. Dana seeks to expand global awareness and use of non-adversarial methods for managing human differences – in the workplace and beyond. He is the author of Managing Differences, the sourcebook of MTI’s seminars — published worldwide in six languages — and Conflict Resolution: Mediation Tools for Everyday Worklife, a featured book in the McGraw-Hill Briefcase Books series.


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