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

They were so eager
to forget
it ever happened
that they decided
to forget
it was still happening.

*

Should you find
that you are still feeling anxious
consider cutting back
on the caffeine
you consume too much of it
so limit your intake
and after several days
you will have decent proof
that caffeine wasn’t the problem.

*

Since you do not know
how or when
the pandemic ends
you might as well
continue taking precautions
at least that way
you increase your chances
of living long enough to find out
how and when
the pandemic ends.

*

Even the worst wave
doesn’t seem too bad
when the plague
has not taken anyone
from you.

*

Editorial Note: This is a collection of Plague Poems written between August 13, 2022 and August 19, 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.

*

You cannot expect the people
to be cautious forever
instead you must
meet the people
where they are
and the people
can currently be found
coughing maskless
at the supermarket.

*

So you forgot your mask
when you ran that quick errand
and you agreed to meet
an old friend at the bar
yes sometimes
you are less careful
than you know you should be
but give yourself some credit
at least for the most part
you’re still trying.

*

I have heard it said
we must understand
that this is not a country
with a mask wearing culture
and though this claim
may not be untrue
it seems one could retort
that this was not always a country
with a seatbelt wearing culture.

*

It would be prudent
to stop referring to covid
as the plague
after all, the actual plague
is still out there
hundred contract it every year
and though we tell ourselves
that it is gone for good
we used to say the same thing
about polio.

*

The experts say
that a tough fall and winter
likely await us
but do not despair
for they are confident
we have all the tools we need
to protect the economy.

*

You wear a hard hat while building
and thick gloves to do yard work
you wear an apron while cooking
and ear plugs while mowing
you know that for every task
there is proper protective gear
but goodness forbid
you put on a mask while shopping.

*

According to my friend
she has fully recovered
the fever is gone
her throat is no longer sore
and her test results
no longer come back positive
yes, she has fully recovered
though she apologizes
for seeming a bit off
it is just that her mind
feels strangely foggy.

*

We can forgive you
for public guidance
that was at times
confusing and overwhelming
what we cannot forgive
is that you gave up.

*

I do not know how
to convince you
that you should want
to protect your neighbors
when you do not even seem
particularly interested
in trying to protect yourself.

*

It is absolutely imperative
that children
be physically back in school
for if they are not in the classroom
their caretakers
might not be able
to go to work
and that
would be an unacceptable loss.

*

He used to insist
that the young and healthy
did not need to worry
the risks were real, of course,
just not for his demographic
yet after his second infection
he no longer seems
all that healthy
and he no longer looks
all that young.

*

Of course, we have
all the tools we need
but moving forward
if you
are trying to find out
how you can obtain
all the tools you need
you’ll just have to check
with your insurer first.

Please hold.

*

You should not expect
those who shrugged
at thousands
of daily deaths
to be particularly concerned
with hundreds
of daily deaths
and you should not expect
those who shrugged
to forgive you
should you refuse
to shrug alongside them.

*

Every conscientious hiker knows
that you are to leave
a campsite
better than it was
when you found it
but your body
is not a campsite
and the plague is not
a conscientious hiker
it will leave you
worse than you were
when it found you
and that
is if it leaves you at all.

*

We used to say
when the pandemic was over
we would get a drink at our old spot
and as the pandemic dragged on
we kept waiting
but now we must delay again
for you have moved
across the country
which I suppose is fine
for the pandemic hasn’t ended
and besides our old spot closed.

*

So the summer is ending
with your hopes unmet
there were no adventures
the books are still unread
your projects remain in progress
you did not even get around
to replacing the bed frame
but give yourself credit
you survived
a third summer of plague
that should be worth something.

*

*

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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