masses: pandemic

painting by Marlene Vine, poem by Roy Herndon Smith

romantic grid

the mauve cloud of wild
silence storming through the grid
all we thought we knew

the shutdown quiet
other animals wander
streets we left empty

in the shelter of
our homes, behind the screens
masks off, we make love

blood flushing between
the racoon sits in stillness
on the branch beside

the walk in the park
the photographer watching
unmoving as rock

the robin hopping
unperturbed as we step by
all that was distant

the mauve sighing and
sobbing of the earth is us
a bell tolls three times