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Rachel Hadas: Ides of March MMXX

New York, March 2020

Nothing new,

but it feels like an end.

An end that’s new.

This end is now?

No, I said new.

But who

could hear me through my mask?

Don’t ask.


wears a glove.

I want to touch my friend.


This fear feels new.

We’ve all forgotten how

to live with it, to live it

day by day. And each

day begins anew,

begins a new

now we do not know,

oh no,

do not yet know.

From Pandemic Almanac (Ragged Sky, 2022). Copyright Rachel Hadas 2022. Included in Vox Populi with permission.

Rachel Hadas is the author of many books of poetry, prose, and translations. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant in poetry, and an award in literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Rachel Hadas (photo: Rutgers University)

2 comments on “Rachel Hadas: Ides of March MMXX

  1. Barbara Huntington
    April 11, 2022

    I feel it, too. Want to get out but curled too tightly in my shell.

    Liked by 2 people

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