Poets, Writers, Songwriters, and Artists Document the two Pandemics: Covid-19 and Confronting Racism in America and around the world.
NEW YEAR’S EVE 2020
Cowering into the New Year
Heaviness compressing everything
The air that I breath feels thick
My lungs filling only part way
Fearful I might inhale devastation
Tight chest and scratchy throat
Is this the beginning of my demise?
Diligent with my mask
Did I fail to wash my hands?
Was I too close to the shopper in front of me?
Afraid of my own body
My hands convey deadly particles
Biting my fingernails
Rubbing my itchy eyes
Thoughtless activities now lethal
Offspring yearn to hug young and old
Rejecting them weakens my heart
Isolation from them like blood letting
My elderly status a constant concern for them
Terrified my mother may succumb if I am careless
Anti-maskers flaunt their carelessness
Too weak to cooperate with the masses
Leaving the vulnerable to their lonely end
Anxiety and uncertainty forceful inhibitors for the rest of us
Cowering into the New Year.
Respectfully submitted by
© Andrew Laufer, 2020. All rights reserved.