Be Careful Out There

Written for:  Poets & Storytellers United
Weekly Scribblings #9 – Contagion  (posted by Magaly)
“You know what else can keep a mind from losing itself in a time of crisis? Creativity, and community, and ink-infused hope. So, dearest poets and storytellers, for our 9th Weekly Scribblings, I invite us to write new poetry or prose inspired by the idea of “Contagion”—social contagion, or metaphorical contagion, or biological contagion… Let your words spread positivity, or caution, or whatever you prefer… the choice is yours. If you go for prose, your entry should be 369 words or fewer.”

Contagion contained?
In what?  a suitcase,
a masked face, a metal
box, Trump’s words?
No. Not when streets
are empty, school and
theaters closed. Biggest
blow of all is not having
enough tests. I watch
hazmat suits walking
through streets and
hospitals–I feel as if
I am viewing a Sci-Fi
movie. Which is worse–
the contagious disease
or the contagion of panic?
Pasty-faced Emperor says
the disease will not
impact the White House.
Doesn’t that make you feel
so much better?

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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7 Responses to Be Careful Out There

  1. ivor20 says:

    “The great White Mouse”
    “The Twitter-Mouse that Roars”


  2. The first two lines ripped a bit of hysterical laughter out of me. I mean, really, how can this thing be truly contained? And your ending left me nodding.


  3. I think you nailed it!


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