Plague – Poem #139

Toritto hunkering down playing with his new phone.  Hair is growing!

Dangerously close that shopper next to me
in this communal space at a grocery
Does she not sense I am unhinged
by the air itself now perilous to breathe?

Awake at night tempest tossed
Is that my senses or my body burning?
My mind playing tricks, the world askew
or a fear irrational, the dread of you?

So rub and scrub
’till the skin peals off
a thing so unclean as to numb all thought
filling us with fear

Clean enough?
Doubt is tapping in your brain
like a branch on a darkened window pane
playing with your mind; scrub again.

A storm is passing as we all know
hard times come and hard times go
while thunder and the darkest night
are simply heralds of morning’s light

for past the moment comes rebirth
the sun returns to warm the earth
dawn will come, we have survived
the plague has ended, let’s go outside.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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10 Responses to Plague – Poem #139

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Glad to see you and my husband share those rogue eyebrows! Stay safe. I don’t know about that Tampa minister insisting on holding services and then claiming to be persecuted Christians!

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  2. toritto says:

    As for eyebrows, they are getting kind of shaggy. They will be untended for a while!


  3. beetleypete says:

    At least you have a lot of hair left to grow. What I have left would need two years to get noticed!
    Good work with the poem, Frank. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. jfwknifton says:

    Over here, it is believed that the more prolonged and stronger that the exposure to the disease is, the worse the victim will be health wise. Men, especially ex-smokers, are particularly vulnerable.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. GP Cox says:

    I saw this meme for Florida that reads: “Major stores have designated hours for seniors to do their shopping – the other 10 people in the state are enjoying having the store to themselves the rest of the day!” 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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