"The world is a beautiful place"
Lawrence Ferlinghetti 1919-2021
I’ve heard of lots of homeless people in the USA
but none with the virus, you'd think candidates, in fact
I read that out of 7,000 something infected persons
only three got the crud outdoors, so you’re good to go
if you stay indoors alone all year or two
or stay outdoors all the time …
those cardboard tents get cold though
no, it’s the human contact that gets you
not between stock brokers and them all
the only thing that makes life bearable
is what could take your life in a few days
from that first cough and fever to
no funeral no memorial no church
no wake no dinner party no friends
no relatives no kids if not housemates
no parents – the new strain favors
the young – and no sympathy from
anyone in government – I DON’T CARE,
DO U? is all you have left.
when your homeless bones leave your soul --
---- Kathi Shepherd and her daughter
did not attend the family Christmas party
because of the pandemic.
Father, ex-husband, twin sister, older sister
brother-in-law all positive within days
no family discount here, you all pay.
Father, Cecil, on oxygen and gasping
please come hold my hand
I cannot do that, Dad
things were getting better, a vaccine
things are so much worse. Why, oh,
why, do we have to live this way
or maybe today, die this way?