Welcome to the world’s largest annual collaborative poem. The United Nations has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse. This is pure kismet on their part — they couldn’t possibly have known what a central part nurses would be playing in all our lives at the present moment. Our seed poem honors them, as well as one of the key figures in the history of English-language haiku, William J. Higginson. Please add your poem(s) in the Reply Box below, ideally at dawn at your location, but any time that you are able. The timeline for this begins at 12:01 A.M. on April 17 on the International Date Line (which is why it seems to have started the day before, for many of us). Your poem(s) may respond to the “seed” poem:
no visitors today I call the nurse again [This is a link from “Lunar New Year,” a renku by William J. Higginson, Elizabeth Searle Lamb, and Penny Harter, published in Elizabeth Searle Lamb’s Across the Windharp (1999).]
or to any of the posted poems, and you can even start a new thread. You may participate as often as you like. All we ask is that you respond to the theme at hand.