it is personal (get over it)

Cracks and reforms and bursts in the violet air
Falling towers
Jerusalem Athens Alexandria
Vienna London
Unreal

~

it has become
impossible

the streets
of the little town
are crowded
with the escapees
from other places

the pestilence
has mutated
and transmogrified
itself

hitched a ride
and taken up
residence

businesses open

businesses close

there is no
lockdown
just
self-imposed
isolations

so many workers
unwell
or waiting
while their tests wind
endlessly
through the pathology system
that is becoming daily life

no lockdown
but
it might as well
be

my phone call
came
today

I am
a contact

not close
but
not so far
either

I must monitor
myself

detect my own
symptoms

and
in truth
I want to isolate

I do not feel
safe
wandering streets
crowded with strangers

shopping
in confined
grocery aisles

I am told
that it is time
to learn
to live
with our plague

it is
everywhere
and
it is going
nowhere

so
I need
to deal with it

go about
my normal
life

ho ho

ho ho
indeed

I cannot help
but laugh

while I watch
the crack
beneath my front door

facing the street

expecting

imagining

a grey
or brown smoke
that drifts in

toward me

an expanding
shifting
inevitable
spreading smog
that is my
personal
covid

~

18 thoughts on “it is personal (get over it)

  1. It’s EVERYwhere — in California, we are seeing much more than what we saw this time last year, and that was worst-ever! Even those double-vaxxed and boosted are being told we should wear double masks now! And, of course, it is suggested that we stay away from crowds, out of public contact, etc, ~ ~ ~
    Maybe it is all wafting in through the windows after all! Stay safe, Frank!

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  2. What is crazy to me is the people who continue deniability and go free unvaccinated, unmasked and apparently willing to infect others. I wonder if they have elderly or children and even if they have a heart.

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  3. Loved your truthful poem Frank. I’ve lived in a bubble for so long at the worst time of my life and need to break free but feeling like it’s everywhere, the governments have lost control and don’t even have rapid tests available. Numbers aren’t even accurate because our government in Canada says if you think you’ve got it, act like you do. Until Omicron came along, anyone tested positive was recorded by Health Canada. No testing, not recorded. So, do we hide out and keep watching our lives pass by or do we start to live? That’s where I’m at. Triple vaxxed and double masked, I’m going to step out and take the risk of getting on a plane to Mexico instead of pass a cold lonely winter alone. Weighing mental health into the equation. 🙂

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    • I’m a few days away from getting my 3rd, Debby. Yesterday I found myself taking extreme measures to avoid passing too close to people in the street. Unbeilievable.

      I was halfway through writing today’s poem in this series/saga. The second half of it was written thinking of your reply here. Thank you.

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  4. Oh Frank I thought you were pretending, having enough concept of the facts and obviously you are not. I hope you and your wife are okay but this is now nearing the end of January So far we are ok that way Keep well Wonderful words fr someone who is not too thrilled

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