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Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Third Week

Despite
what you may have heard
the good old days
were predominantly bad
though at least back then
it was still possible to believe
that we would be able
to handle a pandemic.

*

Please don’t exaggerate
hyperbole helps no one
it simply isn’t the case
that you can get reinfected
every single week
what you mean to say
is that reinfection is possible
after twenty-eight days
so the risk is not
of reinfection every week
but of reinfection every month.

*

If they had not died
of the plague
they surely would have died
from some other cause
sooner or later
and though that may be true
(for we all die
from some cause or another
later or sooner)
such a sentiment
provides little comfort
to the grieving.

*

Look, we get it,
the summers are getting hotter
and our rights are being dismantled
the pandemic drags on
and our institutions are crumbling
your rent rises faster than your wages
and there are guns everywhere
we get it, the situation is gloomy
but must you be such a downer?

*

Editorial Note: This is a collection of Plague Poems written between July 16, 2022 and July 22, 2022.

They were initially posted online on Twitter at @plaguepoems and Instagram at @plague_poems.

Throughout the duration of this crisis new poems will be posted regularly at that Twitter account, they will then be collected and reposted here in weekly increments.

*

No plague lasts forever
if this is not the final wave
perhaps the next will be
and if it persists after that
maybe the following wave will end it
if you greet each wave
by hailing it as the conclusive one
you’re bound to be right eventually
at least if you can last that long.

*

My father told me
find a partner who listens
my mother told me
find one who is kind
my grandfather told me
find a partner who wants to get
to the airport as early as you do
and some day if I have children
I will tell them to find a partner
who understands
that plagues drag on.

*

Given the choice
between
collective action
and
collective suicide
you must remember
that collective action
might be bad for the economy.

*

When they ask you
(and they will ask you)
if you mean it
literally or metaphorically
when you say
that the world is on fire
it is best to simply reply “yes.”

*

Those who
have grown accustomed
to ignoring the plague
will never forgive
those who
remind them of its existence.

*

If you have grown bored
of wondering
if it is just allergies
or if it is the plague
consider the new pastime
of wondering
if it is just mosquito bites
or if it is the pox.

*

And now we know
that zombie movies
are not wrong to suggest
that someone would hide
their infected bite from the group
though zombie movies
grossly underestimate
how many members of the group
would be willing
to hide their infected wounds.

*

Though it makes for
a nice change
from canceling your plans
due to the virus
there is no joy to be found
in needing to cancel your plans
because it is too hot out.

*

According to scientists
the orange-and-black wings
of the monarch butterfly
have fluttered their way
onto that list containing
the orangutan and saola
the black rhino and blue whale
the Sumatran elephant and
so many other charismatic species
endangered by what?
endangered by whom?

*

All waves crest eventually
after the pinnacle is reached
the waters crash down
and being to slowly recede
flowing back out
to the ocean from whence they came
but after every wave
the number of people watching
the waters retreat from the shore
are fewer and fewer.

*

The plague
knows not the difference
between the famous and the obscure
though you can be certain
that the treatments for the plague
know the difference.

*

You might as well
order more masks and test kits
and if they arrive too late
to be of much use
for the current wave
at least you will have them
for the next wave.

*

And now you should stop worrying
about whether or not
the plague will accustom us
to mass death.

How many died yesterday?
How many died this week?

Instead direct your worrying
to what will happen next
now that we have grown accustomed
to mass death.

*

How we long for
the plague’s early days
back when the words
we are all in this together
meant something different from
we are all going to get infected
over and over again.

*

To recover
from being sick
is to get better
returning to a status
at least as good
as you had been
before you fell ill
so how can anyone claim
that we have recovered
from this plague
when everything feels
so much worse
than it did before.

*

When the youth
in the future
rediscover the styles from our era
perhaps rather than adopt
the cut of our jeans and haircuts
they will treat the disposable masks
as a fashion accessory
though it is probably more likely
that they’ll still be wearing
such masks out of necessity.

*

It is said that
we
are at a point
that we can prevent
nearly every Covid death
in America,
yes, that is what is said,
though such words
must provide little comfort
to the many Americans
making funeral arrangements.

*

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Plague Poems…the following week

Plague Poems…the first week

Plague Poems…the full list

About Z.M.L

“I do not believe that things will turn out well, but the idea that they might is of decisive importance.” – Max Horkheimer librarianshipwreck.wordpress.com @libshipwreck

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