COVID-19 Diary 3/28/20

In refugee camps,
detention centers, slums, bombed
and flooded cities,

oceans we poison,
forests we raze, and under
the paved-over earth,

you, whose voices we
fail to silence with clamors
of “We are not you!”

sing the world and all
in it as requiems for
all we all have lost.

Roy Herndon Smith