poetry about the pandemic coronavirus COVID19 by Katherine Gotthardt


Turn off the morning news.
Go to the old stereo. Turn on the blues.
Because if anyone knows the trouble you feel
it’s the songwriters, musicians, making it real,
telling us what it is to be alive, how every thought
has a place, how every pain has brought
us closer to where we need to be. Yes, turn the TV off.
That button was made for a reason. It’s okay to cough.
It’s allergy season. That is all.

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