COVID-19 Diary: 3/31/20

As he dies without
anyone he knows, the nurse
caring for him weeps.

Picking discarded
plastic bags off the street, she
tidies up her home.

Solitary man
pulls his hood over his head
after the rain stops.

Shut in on a grey
day, listening to “Blue Skies”—
memories like rain.

Roy Herndon Smith