A Covid Ode

Do ever you wonder

What threw us asunder

While chasing the lightning

Outclamoring thunder?

Well

A tiny contagion

Drop by drop passing

Each breath off-gassing

Infections amassing

So

Did your breath catch

When the world hit the brakes

And calendars snapped, and dumped out their dates

There

Spray, wipe, gel, and mask,

Fatalities counted, buried so fast,

And the news keeps ticking the count.

But also, attend…

Waving to neighbors with smiles so joyous

Seeing background as foreground, stranger as us

The world that lay hidden beneath all our hurry

It stares back and it smiles.

Chalk your walk, make a sign, bring a soup

Pour more wine

Call Grandma, stitch cotton, give food, sew a button.

Intubate, regulate, wince at sore ears

Hold up devices for last goodbyes through your tears.

Exhaustion deep-reigning, Zoom meetings so draining,

Where can I find toilet paper, oh where

Then

At some hour we turn to our beds, sleep claiming

All protestation, all thought, all blaming

Theories, conjectures, outrage, upbraiding

Quiet

 

 

 

 

 

 

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