propel yourself forward—
as in airplane force
or Air Force or forceps
forcing a baby to be born
The famous primatologist calls for an overhaul of food habits to prevent a future pandemic.
covet an easel? — its smart little body
named after onagers and donkeys, ancestor
of art kept trim.
and watch the glaciers fall
the oceans rise
When the world burns, we will be like the women
of Pompeii who left their bread loaves to bake—
our laundry mid-cycle, newspapers turned
to the op-eds, windows open to catch a breeze.
Their prose often stood head and shoulders above the standard freshman drivel, exhibiting a certain rigor of thought and depth of feeling that perhaps comes from having witnessed whole anthologies of trauma—entire villages razed by fire, wide-eyed children draped in gore, wives screaming beside mutilated husbands.
The picture would portray a few
flowering apple trees profuse in bloom
their parchment petals set
to sail with the wind, take off
A friend in Connecticut has lost
over 40 friends and relatives to covid-19.
Overwhelmed with grief,
he can no longer speak.