Excerpt from PANDEMIC DIARY

Thursday, September 17, 2020

slo-mo melting images
in my brain
dali does a cartwheel
california’s burning
orange skies
smoke wired through clouds

do I hear fireworks
In the middle of the night
in new york
or shots fired again
and again through
cities across the nation

divisions amplified
a march
a protest
a de-evolution
or a revolution

kali the destroyer
burning it all down
to start again
how do we start again

isolated by a virus
minds spiral inward
settling on peace
or spiral outward
to meet the chaos

my hand shakes
as I reach for you
do I dare?

–Wanda Phipps


Poetry

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