Pandemic Poetics

RECEIVED Wed., April 22, 2020

Dear Editor,
    The demonstrators are sweating, they’ve worked up a thirst
   Hoping everything will be open by, at the latest, May 1st.
    They’re not wearing masks and they stand close and cozy
   They wanna go back to when things seemed all rosy.
    Let’s have restaurants open, oh, and bars too
   Let’s party and do what we all used to do.
    They want an end to the rules to shelter in place,
   Wash their hands all the time, and not touch their face.
    Some watch the briefings, hope the worst has now passed
   It can’t be much longer that this thing will last.
    They’re tired of suffering, being scared, and the pain
   But relaxing too soon could start it all over again.
    It’s hard to know when to reopen, but on this you can bet
   The time to do that hasn’t gotten here yet.
Michael R. Whitney
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