One thousand people
passed away in just one day
souls in flight and gone.
One thousand hearts stop
one thousand families cry
for just one more day.
Yet anti maskers
cry of lost freedoms, crowding
us closer to death.
Their loved ones will mourn
when they lie alone and dying
viruses don’t care.
i hate this nasty new disease
this virus that imperils each breath
that has me reading portents in a sneeze,
and peering round corners looking for death.
did you know sirens have a dying sound
a sort of fucked up banshee wail?
it’s the sound of a life winding down
as the body of a neighbor begins to fail.
every day we hear the lazy cry
as the ambulance crawls to a stop
at door of another family nearby
waiting for the final shoe to drop.
you feel a shameful creeping disbelief
as the stretcher moves up another’s walk
and your shoulders sag in relief
when the siren moves on up the block.
M. Morehead – 4/26/2020