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Plague Poems – The Fifty-Fifth Week

Forgive meI do not meanto ruin your weekwhen it has only justbegunbut you should knowthat the case number(yet again)are rising. * After more than a yearunhappily stuckinsidehow easy it isto … Continue reading

April 9, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Fifty-Fourth Week

That which makesthe tragedy unbearableis that the worldcarries on. That which makesthe tragedy bearableis that the world carries on. * Two signs hangin the shop’s windowthe first reads“mask required for … Continue reading

March 31, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Fifty-Third Week

Let not your excitementfor your impending vaccinationconvince youthat this avoidable tragedythat this historic failureshould in any waybe hailedas a success. * When first they told meto stay homeI was willing … Continue reading

March 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Fifty-Second Week

It is not that this week marks the anniversary of the plague but that this week marks the anniversary of our no longer being able to pretend that the plague … Continue reading

March 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Fifty-First Week

Though words of warning had been spoken they were said at a low volume you can be forgiven for failing to hear them over the loud assurances not to worry … Continue reading

March 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Fiftieth Week

Some outlets claim that half a million have died as of yesterday. Some outlets will claim that half a million have died by this day’s end. Some scholars quietly suspect … Continue reading

March 5, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Forty-Ninth Week

In the winter it becomes dry so very dry in my apartment the skin on my hands cracks my throat grows raspy every winter I intend to but forget to … Continue reading

February 25, 2021 · 3 Comments

Plague Poems – The Forty-Eighth Week

It is unwise to celebrate in the lifeboat mistake not your relief at being plucked from the waters with the safety of the shore you remain at sea and lifeboats … Continue reading

February 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Forty-Seventh Week

After so many weeks spent huddled indoors it is a strange pleasure to stay inside buried under blankets drinking hot beverages watching the world through your windows yet it is … Continue reading

February 10, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Forty-Sixth Week

Eventually a week will begin the way they used to with you rushing out the front door keys in hand already late hot coffee burning your hand as it spills … Continue reading

February 5, 2021 · 3 Comments

Plague Poems – The Forty-Fifth Week

That you have become so accustomed to waiting for the world to get worse does not adequately prepare you for the moments when your fears come true. * In my … Continue reading

January 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Forty-Fourth Week

Where once every ten thousand deaths gave rise to despairing cries as such large round numbers easily quantified the tragedy eventually four zeroes no longer proved shocking and now ten … Continue reading

January 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Forty-Third Week

Some claim that we should be thankful to be in a new year but thus far the only thing that has changed is the date I have written on my … Continue reading

January 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Forty-Second Week

Every winter sickness finds me though I get the flu shot take vitamin C supplements and always wear many layers every single winter sickness finds me this I try to … Continue reading

January 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Forty-First Week

You need not say thank you to those who threw you overboard to those who told you to tread water to those who left you to drown simply because they … Continue reading

December 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Fortieth Week

There have always been disasters made by men what sets this moment apart is that we know the names of the men who allowed this to become a disaster. * … Continue reading

December 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Thirty-Ninth Week

Numbering the dead there was a moment when every ghastly multiple of ten thousand was met with fresh headlines but that was a long time ago we were young then … Continue reading

December 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Thirty-Eighth Week

The month ends as it began with us shivering anxiously in our quarantined hovels as the plague marches through the streets outside. * Where once the smiling photographs from family … Continue reading

December 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Thirty-Seventh Week

When we read of how past civilizations were overwhelmed by plagues we scoff at their foolishness we sigh at their scientific ignorance we sadly shake our heads and then blithely … Continue reading

December 3, 2020 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Thirty-Sixth Week

Though you eagerly await (how could you not?) the arrival of a vaccine you must not forget that the plague has not yet departed. * It has been months since … Continue reading

November 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Thirty-Fifth Week

That we find ourselves with slightly more time in which to solve our problems does not mean that our problems have been solved. * Your hope that somehow perhaps just … Continue reading

November 17, 2020 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Thirty-Fourth Week

Clouds can block the heavens crystal balls can fall and break tarot decks can be missing cards an A+ poll can feature a mistake. Even the prescient do not know … Continue reading

November 10, 2020 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Thirty-Third Week

“We’re not going to control the pandemic” declared the harried man. “That’s the spirit” the plague replied. * An unpleasant aroma wanders from the trash beneath my sink Committed to … Continue reading

November 6, 2020 · 3 Comments

Plague Poems – The Thirty-Second Week

In the summer the plague encouraged us to demonstrate that we had learned from the spring. In the fall the plague is encouraging us to demonstrate that we have learned … Continue reading

October 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Thirty-First Week

Gathered virtually we gave voice to our feelings of loss. “I miss playing for an audience” the musician sighed. “I miss being in the classroom with my students” the teacher … Continue reading

October 23, 2020 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Thirtieth Week

In confusion and consternation a fatigued people cry out “What is happening?” “I am” replies the plague. * Do not pray for a powerful man to recover. Do not pray … Continue reading

October 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Twenty-Ninth Week

On this day of awe we set aside our excuses our frail justifications so that we may atone and so that we may forgive the transgressions against us. Sitting in … Continue reading

October 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Twenty-Eighth Week

A country that does not stop to mourn two hundred thousand deaths is a country that does not have long left. * I understand (how could I not?) why you … Continue reading

October 2, 2020 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Twenty-Seventh Week

The clearer it becomes that the future for which I had always prepared has vanished the more confused I am by the ways in which day after day I continue … Continue reading

September 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Twenty-Sixth Week

Do not allow yourself to believe that it was inevitable that a week would begin with the terrible news that the plague has claimed its one hundred and ninety thousandth … Continue reading

September 15, 2020 · 2 Comments

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