Pandemic poem #5

Pandemic poem #5 is simply a narrative of the creation of Pandemic poem #5. I found that even writer’s block is inflected by this event.


Writer’s Block in the Time of Covid-19

When the poem in your body just won’t be coaxed out,
When the words laugh in mockery, rolling just out of
reach in your mind,
Nothing to do but take a walk between
the raindrops that fall, and fall, and fall,
(always maintaining six feet ‘tween self and mortal others)
Hope the words resent being ignored
as much as any attention-seeking toddler,
Dislike being isolated as much as we do,
Decide social-distancing is not for them,
And will peek back out with a giggle
to check whether you’re looking–
Permit you to catch them off-guard
and lure them to paper.

(Originally written 3/24/2020)


I invite those who are also writing creatively in response to the pandemic to share their words in the comments below. I am sharing the “poem-a-day” on Instagram and Twitter, as well; follow me @mridleyelmes !


About Melissa Ridley Elmes

Professor and writer; Unrepentant nerd; chaotic good. Author of Arthurian Things: A Collection of Poems. PhD, MFA. She/hers. Views my own.
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