Author's Note: Science denial can be lethal. Ignorance can kill.
this simple little test kit the one that holds the verdict thumb up, or thumb down do you have it, or do you not is brought to you by science this simple mask, made to contain another's spray of viral threat, or better to protect your nurse, your doctor against the novel killer is brought to you by science this simple soap, suddenly scarce designed to function at a level of ionic charges on viral shells surrounding and stripping danger from your careless hands is brought to you by science this simple ventilator that mindlessly moves air in and out when you cannot that stands between you and circling death is brought to you by science that simple meme, shared endlessly on social media platforms the one that says "why don't we use a flu vaccine, why?" is brought to you by idiots your call
cue the gray skies and rain a thing of beauty, these drops fading in over sunshine and cloudless blue and a simultaneous shock as one word becomes a sentence pandemic, says w.h.o. pandemic, echoes c.d.c. pandemic, babbles c.n.n. and every other outlet the word comes down to me over sixty-five are to stay in guess i'll put the gray rain on repeat play it again today, tomorrow i stand at my kitchen window watch the golden poppies refuse to unfurl as though even they have grudgingly entered social isolation against some thing they cannot see
©2020 Jim Lewis
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