Pandemic Poems - APRIL 2020
Bio Note: I write poems, fiction, and newspaper copy for The Boston Globe. My novel Suosso's Lane treats the Plymouth, Mass. origins of the Sacco-Vanzetti case exactly 100 years ago. I've had poems recently in The American Journal of Poetry, New Verse.News, and Writers Resist. These are from my recent poem-a-day project, which has swiftly (though not surprisingly) turned into "a journal of the pandemic."
Sometime Thursday afternoon They canceled the world The trees started disappearing from my neighbors' yards, one by incautious one, forced to stop growing by stronger powers than the growers of trees The cars on the street parked in front of the houses of those who have too many vehicles for their parking areas begin to disappear and, already, I miss them and even the garbage from those insufficiently contained recycling attempts that blows annoyingly week after week into our yard seems a tender reminder of a time and place that I hope will return again one day if only our love proved strong enough to call it back
Keeping My Distance
But who exactly is keeping my distance? I'm keeping yours So happy, and proud, that you have entrusted something so valuable to me. Keep it, you said, in good health That's the whole point, isn't it? But 'distance'? How can we keep the very thing that keeps us apart? l'll keep mine, we are tempted to say, if you keep yours, as we pass, in the sunshine, wind blowing freely, loosening that corona of dust from all the ravell'd sleeves to which it might urge, so treacherously, its tiny hooks and claws to cling Wind blows, sun cleans We are tempted to throw our cautions to it You, my love, my darling, we say I surrender it to you, my distance And you, yours, to me Enjoy it, we toast one another, in good health
©2020 Robert Knox
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