Corona Virus

By Fay L. Loomis

obliterates appointments
erases calendars, blanks slates

frenzies shoppers
bares shelves

trammels government action
strangles, confounds communication

fevers, chokes data
hammers surreal into real

stampedes babies, oldsters, betweens
dares breath, hope, livelihood

isolates, abandons
relinquishes to morgue trucks

impels love to crown royal mess
annihilate indifference, antipathy

Fay L. Loomis lives a particularly quiet life in the woods. Her poetry and prose have appeared in print and online publications.

This poem was written at the beginning of the pandemic when fear circulated like fire fanned by wind, when the world was constantly blitzed with words and images that we could scarcely comprehend.

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