she is making yogurt   it is warming

in the oven   on the stovetop

she is making soup   minestrone   enough


to last a week   my task is cleaning house

top to bottom   up and down   

in and out   between the cracks   now


by the window with tea   above the empty street

i watch a still-life

knowing the sparrow will break the stillness


and that behind windows across the street

others   like us   are making do

or failing to make do   we are settling in


this may take some time   we are

presuming nothing about the outcome






marcy calls   i put her on speaker so we both

can hear and talk with her   

her voice is sure and strong   it always has been   


marcy is a third-year med school student

now doing frontline work   

her concern is with us   we reassure her 


our concern is with her   she reassures us

assuaging concern

is not enough   but it is the new reality   lots of pain   


lots of sweet kitty videos   lots of social media   

it does help   after the call

the apartment is too quiet   four walls closing in   


i put on music   the soup simmers   we slow dance

our way into the evening   







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Written on 2020-03-31 at 00:50

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Hello one trick poney,

Hunkering down, keeping busy whilst worrying like hell. The unusual everyday life of confinement in subtle poetry yet deftly applied. Excellent!

Kind regards, Tony.

Bibek The PoetBay support member heart!
A word-painting of sorts. You've made the mundane look magical. Eschewing the workshop instructor's suggestion of "step away from the expository," I would like to write more of these kinds of descriptive poems. :)

Liam The PoetBay support member heart!
An illuminating insight to the current situation and how we look to our carefully constructed nests to protect us from the ills of outside.
Very thoughtfully constructed and written. Thank you for sharing.

A superlative depiction of current life!