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Dear Virus, Dear Vaccine by Michael Simms You made us wise, well-acquainted with sorrow and with love because love is specific. I don’t love dogs or trees or children. I love this dog, this tree, this child – something I often forget to remember. As we enter our new lives will we remember the faster we moved the sicker we got? Will we remember not wearing our true faces?
Copyright 2021 Michael Simms
This poem was written in response to a prompt from Naomi Shihab Nye. Please add your lines to the poem being built on this website.
Dear Vaccine is a global community poem, inviting all to share their voices to promote COVID-19 vaccination through the imaginative language of poetry. The project is a collaboration between the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences & The University of Arizona Poetry Center, housed in the College of Humanities.
The Global Vaccine Poem project is inspired by Naomi Shihab Nye and her global advocacy for the power of poetry. Nye was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2019.