3.28.2020

The Virus Is the Clock


The virus is the clock
we’ve learned
struggling to do our part
protecting

While others
like schoolyard bullies
calculate what they’ll do
with nobody watching

But now is different
with clock-watchers
following rules
of both charlatans and saints

When breaking them 
means vainglorious achievement
in running out the clock
or that we’re out of time


For Friday Flash 55 offered by Joy at Verse Escape

3.22.2020

Contamination


Close your eyes
for messages
at doors locked
against heart-sick
pinking from grey

3.15.2020

Some Kind of Legacy


This 
is your inheritance
nothing valuable
or all that interesting
unfinished poems
scrawled in ballpoint
stash of coffee beans
frozen vegetables
in case of emergency
your own drawings 
on paper scraps
and placemats
handmade greeting cards
from every occasion
all of your baby teeth
how to hear birdsong
listen to trees
and for catch of breath
indicating shock
pleasure 
or deep disappointment
In the end I hope
you find there is value
in kindness
empathy 
and all the love


For Kerry’s March word list @skyloverpoetry on Instagram
Reminder that I am also there @runawaysentence