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Pandemic Poem #14

Since we have been sheltering-in-place and working from home, we have discovered that our usually serene rescue cat, Raven, has an extremely insistent, ear-piercing yowl which she has taken to employing at odd hours and while clawing at the base … Continue reading

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Pandemic Poem #13: The April Fools Poem

This was my April 1 poem. I’ve always hated April Fools, as most formerly-bullied kids probably do. Why devote an entire day to playing pranks on people, catching them unawares, sometimes humiliating and sometimes actually hurting them? And let’s be … Continue reading

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Pandemic Poem #12

I tend to get caught up in routine, to think “oh, I ‘d like to, ” and “oh, I want to, ” and to buy things I love–shirts, skirts, shoes–and then not wear them, waiting for “someday,” some “right occasion, … Continue reading

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Pandemic Poem #11

I was wholly unprepared to check the mail and find a college admissions brochure for my sixteen-year old daughter on Day 11. I imagine in the best of times it’s a bit jarring–I mean, she’s in tenth grade, you know … Continue reading

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Pandemic Poem #10

This little musing came as I walked early in the morning. Typically, there are cars passing me on their way to work, blaring snatches of this- or that-kind of music, of talk shows or podcasts; typically, we can hear the … Continue reading

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Pandemic Poem #9

Pandemic poem #9. Living in an apartment (and a smallish one at that) with three other people and two cats, solitary time and space are difficult to come by. In the spring when mornings are warmer, I love to take … Continue reading

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Pandemic Poem #8

Pandemic poem #8 came from the combination of a news report detailing Covid-19 symptoms and an online yoga session where the Instructor kept urging the audience to “breathe, breathe.” Awareness gurus tell us to be aware of our own breath … Continue reading

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Pandemic poem #7

As an introvert and a homebody, at first I wasn’t super distressed to work from home. But after the first week or so I realized that it’s never especially quiet at home; even before the day begins, when everyone is … Continue reading

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Pandemic Poem #6

Pandemic poem #6 is called “Little Reprieves.” After four gray, rainy days in a row (ordinarily my happy place, I love such weather dearly, but spent inside with three other people trying not to get in one another’s way, it’s … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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