Sunday Poem: “Coronavirus”


To increase awareness
of the new pandemic
I named my cat

It seems to do the trick.

I tell my friends,
I am at home with Covid.

They stop inviting me to their daily stroll.

I tell my boss,
I am dealing with Covid.

He tells me to forget work, just to stay home.

I put a sign outside the house,
Beware of Covid.

My neighbours keep a mile distance.

Covid and I
are the masters of social isolation.

It is easier than we thought.

I sit by the kitchen table,
enjoying my Cheerios.
Covid gets an extra portion
of real tuna-flavoured kibble.


We read the morning paper,
watch CNN, CBC.
The numbers are still climbing,
but the trend is changing.

I smile at him.

Covid and I
are flattening the curve.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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