Concrete Covid by Ray Stearn, a concrete poem

                                               It started a

                                             while back, like

                                            a joke, a rumour a

                                             nuisance, Covid 19, or

                                             Coronavirus, “It’ll be over

                                             in a couple of weeks, it’s like a

                                               cold, a sneeze, a sniffle, that’s all?”

                                           how wrong we all were with that sure

                                           analogy. Thousands losing holidays and so

                                             many thousands losing work, thousands forced

                                              to stay at home. So many      thousands dead! Then

                                             the thought, how would       it be if it were me, so

                                              carelessly caught                               it. No taste,

                                              no smell, a dry, dry, dry        cough, a living

                                                hell. Self – isolating, in          my two – up,

                                              two down, on the darker side of town.

                                              The night, the ambulance, the sirens,

                                              confusion, delusion, the ward, the

                                                bed, the things to say to loved

                                                  ones left unsaid. The oxygen,

                                                the tent, the time, in limbo

                                                spent. Hours just being,

                                              not seeing, no sense,

                                           feeling body fail

                                          useless lungs

                                            filling with


© Ray Stearn 8th September 2020

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