Bio Note: I’m a retired library director who writes all the time. I’ve been sheltering in with my husband for the past two months. We’re doing better than our planted garden did in the ice and snow this week. How I miss spending time with my grandkids!
Index cards and virus, odd companions: the first sized three by five; the other, hides in plain sight, each call out for attention. The cards pile in a stack on the desk, tied up in a red rubber band, the deck cut from white card-stock, one side, blank; the other, printed with blue-lines, except on top, red. Hairy corona-globes jet unseen, each filament crowned with red tentacles, world trekkers, hitch-hiking parasites, equal opportunity assassins devour all races creeds, and colors. Slap and click, thumb strums deck, bend and curl from flick of card corners, shuffles mangle, soften, mis-shape paper, a yellow tinge soaks in from oily hands like hands that ruin and blacken stalactites. The virus ignites a snap and crackle, a fever so hot, water can’t slake the dry mouth and sore throat pain. Hack shake and rattle sets lungs on fire, grinding down to blue-lined quiet. The music, opposable thumbs strum cards stacked in layers like sedimentary rocks, but the red crowned virus wears no rings on her fingers, no bells on her toes, she makes silence where ever she goes. (After The Rain Stick by Seamus Heaney)
Saved by Spring & A Woodcock: Monorhyme
in the year of COVID-19, she forgets march equinox time tumbles like an unsteady stack of blocks, hits bare earth, strikes on rocks in lockdown, barricaded at home, can she outfox the corona virus commandeering the air, that hawk? a virus, regal red inquisitor wearing a crown, gems faux, stalks the skies, a bringer of sickness who knocks then breaks down the door, admitting no roadblocks. she notices curly willow pushing lime lace and walks north the day after the sun crosses the equator, tracks the wrestling seasons, caught in a headlock, climbs a deer track to a grove of hemlocks, sees, follows the flash of a red-eyed groshawk, talons stretched, a chase, a dive at a smaller woodcock that ducks undercover into a brush stack, saved for another night calling sky dance amid burdocks (After A Monorhyme for the Shower by Dick Davis)
©2020 Ingrid Bruck
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