Pandemic Poem #37 / Unmasked Smile

I had the idea for this poem when I met up with my friend Nell Jeandet before this lockdown, but after the masks became mandatory. I hadn’t seen her in months, and the only glimpse I got of her face, smiling, was as she drove her car away.

I keep returning to the haiku form, it’s deceptively simple looking but can be tricky to achieve the meaning you want within the restrictive 5-7-5 syllable structure.

Unmasked Smile
In her car, mask off.⁠
Pulling out, she waves goodbye.⁠
Her smile breaks my heart.⁠

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