Poems

John Stubley: ‘Thank You, Virus’

Thank You, Virus Thank you coronavirus for making plain to me my fear, as obvious as possible— there it is, I can hear it, it is seen. Fear in me. It comes with every passing human being. It comes with every meeting, every surface, every sneeze. There it is when I need to buy more food, or exercise outside. There it is, every morning in the mirror when I consider cutting this pandemic hair. Thank you COVID for revealing fear— fear laid bare. It has always been there. You called it up, called it out. There it is, in the…

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