COVID-19 Diary: 3/19/20

Rain falls, siren wails
and stops. The rain doesn’t stop.
No dawn. Only grey.

Taking a too-long
hot shower. Breathing the steam.
Trying to get clean.

Washing and washing
hands. Out, out damned spot! Out! Out!
But there is no out.

Waiting, not waiting,
for a siren, for silence,
for the rain to stop.

Roy Herndon Smith