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A collaborative plague poem [by Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton]


Pictures of the virus are pretty -- 
like sea creatures or pin-cushioned moons 
or holograms posing in semi-witty

situations beside balls and balloons
glowing with coronas, crowns, halos.
Under microscopes, SpongeBob cartoons  

look fractal-similar, my own lungs aglow
with pink rods and blue cones. I'm silly
then scared. Neighbors hoard Purell, ammo 

against infection. I try to chill, be 
a peaceful citizen, a good locked-up 
or locked-down member of society.

I'm "Baking Bad," filling measuring cups 
to make pot brownies for frantic friends
and a wedding cake for Sam & Sonny's nup-

tials, virtual and queer and legal and 
euphoric. We'll each dance in our Zoom box
to the host's boombox, no need to pretend

we're anywhere but in our PJs and socks,
our pink boas and perky blue face masks
(lest we're contagious). It's the Equinox,

night and day perfectly split. Sam basks 
in Sonny, Sonny in Sam, a perfect fit.
Then the day goes back to quarantined tasks--

hand washing (my fingers so dry!), chit-
chatting on my Clorox Wiped iPhone,
bombarding heaven for the sad and the sick.

November 24, 2022

September 17, 2022

August 05, 2022

August 03, 2022

August 01, 2022

May 30, 2022

April 10, 2022

February 18, 2022

January 21, 2022

January 03, 2022

January 01, 2022

December 17, 2021

September 09, 2021

September 08, 2021

September 04, 2021

August 05, 2021

June 04, 2021

June 03, 2021

June 02, 2021

February 04, 2021

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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