Pandemic Poems - APRIL 2020
Bio Note: I typed my first poem as a child under an Australian almond tree on my grandfather's typewriter, but claim Wisconsin as home now. My latest collection is The Blind Lifeguard, recently released from Finishing Line Press and I have four other chapbooks. I once received enough prize money from a national poetry contest to fund a Dairy Queen run.
I dreamt we could all stand together Nothing grand, like a rally, fireworks, a graduation Just watching something, a concert, a lecture, a sunset And then I woke to the calling of the crows Today, I will wave to you from my tree and maybe we can sing
The foxes are back in the paused cities, reclaiming silence Venetian swans and dolphins were, then weren’t Pumas in Santiago, wild boar in Barcelona What is your heart’s wild now, in this unsettled quiet? Choose a stillness and roam
Your Calendar on Pandemia
You watch each day’s commitments float by Cancelled everythings All now just words on days And you begin to realize there are two of you now: the calendar you and you, here, not there and you can’t figure out which could be the revenant, which the ghost
©2020 Katrin Talbot
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