COVID-19 Diary: 4/10/20

the wind gusts, trees wave,
the wind dies down, trees are still,
sirens wail and fade,

tears well up, friends die,
the wind roars, the sirens cry,
trees wave, trees are still,

creaking walker and
low voices, running water,
Teresa helps Peg,

Peg is getting up,
door squeaks, Teresa saying,
“Yes, yes,” the floor creaks,

a loose line clatters,
in the distance, the sirens,
the wind gusts, trees wave

Roy Herndon Smith