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In-person meetings suspended
Conference rooms closed to use
By keeping a 6-foot distance
everyone stays apart—not aloof.

Blues, folk, rock concerts rescheduled
Museums closed to showing art
Theatre not performed on stages
Citizens asked to do their part.

Flattening-the-curve approach required
But when our leaders fail to lead
people are driven to poor decisions
and takers feed upon their greed.

Shelves in stores stripped to empty
Essentials horded, stock-piled away
Preparing for the worst to come
Hoping to be spared anew each day.

Public schools closed until April
Red Sox Opening Day postponed
Weighing decisions to self-isolate
with every day to be spent alone.

Boston Marathon moved to September
Walk for Hunger canceled complete
Needs in air still hover, linger though
movement ceased beneath our feet.

With tents as makeshift hospital wards
first-come-first-served policy goes out the door
Triage decisions necessary to be made
disproportionally impact the poor.

Forego cavalier, casual attitudes
Avoid need for imminent, acute care
There are vulnerable people everywhere
Covid-19 travels through touch and air.

Individual freedom temporarily bartered
to provide better protection for everyone
Embrace physical-distancing as one way
war against this pandemic can be won.

© 2020-03-14
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Posted: Mar 2020
About this poem:
Reflections on current state of Covid-19 pandemic.

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History surely provides proof that it can and will be won....I suppose the multiple question marks that riddle both the so-called "experts," and average citizens with zero knowledge of such events, frustrate and confuse both groups to act out in foolish fashion. This particular virus is unique due to it's highly contagious potential. It's not a matter of "if," but "when" the world collectively gets a handle on it, be it through a vaccination or straight out cure. The Poem itself is expertly written in content and form. Nothing surprising coming from a wonderful writer that understands rules of grammar and punctuation that is taught to all in the United States in their youth, yet is forgotten by nearly all as they leave school and enter the real world where the rules still apply, yet cannot be explained by one who has nearly mastered them all, to another who was never taught them..... save it be an English Teacher, or ESL Teacher. It's always a pleasure to read from you Joy, and I do hope you are doing well, and are protected during this unpredictable time.
On a seperate note; Imagine if one always made their decisions based on what "might" happen. That is not living, it is merely existing. I "might" get in an accident driving to work tomorrow morning, but it does not mean I will stay home because there is a chance that described incident may occur. purple heart
godsprincessonline today!
This past week has been so surreal reading horror stories of what is going on in Italy and Spain knowing it's just a matter of days away for us. Praying warm weather may help but no guarantees there. Praying all my poet friends stay well and healthy.

Kathy teddybear sad flower
salamunaonline today!
Hi gnj4u .Excellent verse,so well written,.. as about corona ..totally agree with's not a matter of "if," but "when" ...thank you for sharing your thougts with us. Regards.Lily wave
trurorobonline today!
Nice to see you back Joy, good poem but I like many others have had enough of Covid-19, time we moved on to Covid-20
hedistuffonline today!
Hi Joy, checked in to fetch a write and saw your face right on top. very glad that you're still here (on Earth) among us. I suppose that I am still here as well. Our state, WV, still hasn't had a positive Covid-19 test but they've only tested 84 people. Only a matter of time. I wrote a short note about my visit to the grocer today. Let me see if I can't share it in this comment....So, went down to our only grocer in the county to fetch some pie crusts for wifey to make quiche pies. Eggs, chopped spinach, onion, and whatever else she may choose to throw in. We get 20 eggs per day from our chickens and try to make use of them. We also sell them, 2 dollars a dozen. Jimmy gets the money as he's the one who feeds, waters, and everything else chicken. Anyway, while in the store, I found that all the milk, every container of any size, was absent from the shelves. I remarked to a fellow shopper that milk is a perishable product, why would it be sold out? He replied 'because it's white, milk, toilet paper, paper products, and so on are all white.' I shook my head and then moved on. Once back home I mentioned to 'she who must be obeyed' our milk aisle conversation. Of course, wife Hilda set me straight about my inability to make sense of the milk enigma. She said 'milk can be frozen'. The clouds in my brain soon cleared...There, I was able to share it. I have always loved and appreciated you for what you carry in your heart and noggin. Lyn's good, I'm good, kids, 21 and 22 yr old autistic young men are fine. We're retired and hunkered down in our hillbilly home. Have a day Crazy.....Rick
Hi, gnj4u, all of the above ..."expertly written"...I second that......bouquet
Hi, hedistuff, It’s nice to read that you, Lyn and family are doing well. Thanks for your kind words about my poem (and me). Hi, trurorob, Since viruses usually evolve into nastier pathogens, I am in no hurry for Covid-20; but, like you, I will be happy when this pandemic is behind us. Thanks for your kind and welcoming comment. Hi, salamuna, Yes, if the “when” can be drawn out over a longer period of time, medical resources can manage critical cases; otherwise, the system will become overwhelmed resulting in more people dying. Thank you, too, for your kind and welcoming comment. Hi, godsprincess, Yes, it’s like watching the weather map of approaching systems. You know it’s coming and you just have to do your best to prepare for it. Hi, candykid, Thank you, too, for your kind and welcoming comment about my writing. Speaking to your driving analogy: Ordinarily, I get in my car and drive even though I could get in an accident; however, I won’t do so when I know there are gunmen on both sides of the road shooting at passing cars. Hi, lovecanbereal, Thank you for your kind remarks about my poem. Hi, to All, Thank y’all for reading and engaging with my offering. It's a pleasure to connect with each of you and your comments are most appreciated. I rarely post anymore but when I come on to respond to emails from people I know, I try to check out Poet’s Corner and comment on a couple of poems. It’s nice when I visit and get to read PC’s poetic offerings—from those of you who shared this space with me in earlier times and new poets who have joined to grace PC with their work.
A little historical perspective:
According to, “A rough estimate is that 25 million people in Europe died from plague during the Black Death. The population of western Europe did not again reach its pre-1348 level until the beginning of the 16th century.” And, according to, “The horrific scale of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic is hard to fathom. The virus infected 500 million people worldwide and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims...” We've come a long way since those times. With science and history to guide us, it’s good to use our gained knowledge to reduce the number of fatalities in this pandemic. May our temporary sacrifices keep its casualties VERY LOW.
Everywhere similar measures are being taken, we all are in it, united under the same deadly threat. And we are gaining valuable experience, learning what to do, how to cope in extraordinary circumstances such as these. Thank you very much, dear poetess, for sharing this poem with us. Take care and kindest regards!hug bouquet
Kathy good to hear from you and your pen
This is very dark times
There is a sense of fear of catching it
And also a sense of recklessness from some irresponsible group and person .
We are really at God's mercy now
Stay safe and god bless teddybear
Valuable Poem.
Very Well written.
I Pray to GOD to keep all Humans from the Pandemic Virus. Those who are suffering GOD Cure Them All.
Ameen angel
Keep All Humans Safe.
Hi, morgen90210, It is nice to hear from you, again. Yes, God may prepare the path; but, we are also at the mercy of our fellow travelers. Hi, timotie, It’s nice to greet you. I am pleased that you find reading my poem of value. Hi, to both: Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my poem. May we all do our best to keep ourselves and others safe. Take care.
godsprincessonline today!
Again New York State is the Epicenter of crisis. First 9/11 and now this. Prayers for my state, our country and the WORLD please and stay safe in Massachusetts Joy.

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lilygold76online today!
Isaiah the present situation of Isolation a prediction of what Isaiah had predicted?
Respected Honourable Social
Graceful Gorgeous Decent
Dearest gnj4u.
Thanks for your comment and Kind words.
Live Long Happy Healthy and Blessed.
peace bouquet hug
Hi, marikia, How was it possible for me to miss your wonderful comment? My apologies. Yes, united against the common enemy, indeed. I long for the day when we are united for the common good. Hi, lilygold76, Although Isaiah is full of one destruction after another that appear to inflict the innocent along with the said-guilty, the advice of 26:20 to “hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast” sounds reasonable, replacing “hide” with “shelter”. Hi, All, Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my Poet’s Corner offering. It is nice to connect with you again. As timotie wrote, may we all “Live Long Happy Healthy and Blessed.”
Joy, God Bless and Stay Safe !! Nice to see your post!! You sum it all up so well...... we can't let fear rule our hearts and minds.....but during such storms we need to find some shelter....a safe harbor like home!!
Hi, Yankee4you,
Yes, I agree, it is good to "to find some shelter....a safe harbor like home!!" Through these challenging times, we get to look closer at what is important and what is not...with people, nature, poetry, and other arts at the top of my list...and how to manage fear of things over which we have little or no control. May we choose to exercise the little control that we do have to stay as safe as possible. Thanks for your greeting, well-wishes, and nice comment about my poem.
mcradloffonline today!
I think of this war waged against this thing and think of the war on poverty. Since war really has no winners, I wish they could find a way to tone it down so we don't get more harm from the cure than the virus itself.santa waving
niah9online today!
Hi Joy..gnj4u....I have to commend you, as with so many poems written about covid, yours is one that is so good, and will be whenever read, at the start and now as I know the vaccine is on the horizon. Stay safe...Kathy nz...wave
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