Afloat on hope

A viral magic act —
making all disappear
but essentials
and our souls are tore down,
emotions tested
communities spread thin
but never so together —
fear and negative mindsets
purpose and positive actions
our generosity unmasked
inspiration is contagious.
We live, we die;
we survive, but barely —
It’s been so long,
we are getting sick of this, but
it’s gotten us closer to ourselves
even as we distance from others.
A year of stern warning from
mother nature that some won’t heed
suffering, separation, and need
a year of gratitude and pain
a year of disorder, loss and gain
yes, many gifts too — science, love,
veiled blessings, principle, perspective;
months were lost but not the lessons.
We have homework: wrest the energy
to begin our rock-bottom rebuilding.

—Terri Guillemets
#covid-19  #coronavirus  #2020

October-blood

This time of year, October-blood
runs through the veins of autumn —
a slowing heartbeat, longer breaths
shorter days, golden light, scarlet leaves
warm hearts and sanguine thoughts

—Terri Guillemets

2020

canceled, isolated, distanced
dazed, befuddled, harried
rationed, washed, disinfected
zoomed, homeschooled
furloughed, fired, scared
impoverished, subsidized
learned, helped, sacrificed
inspired, respected, thanked
hospitalized, intubated, died
lied, gaslighted, denied
masked, tested, untested
endured, abided, accepted
annoyed, outraged, protested
anticipated, waited, voted

—Terri Guillemets

Saguaro arms

           a shrug, a hug
       touchdown, letdown
  waving, curling, sprouting
 disco, vogue; praise, prayer
 bird-pecked, green-specked
 skeletonized, or multiplied
 flower and fruity fingered
  flipped, frail, or fallen off
  perfected, nested, crested

—Terri Guillemets

Book party!

Let’s get drunk at the library
      and have a book party!
“What a good time!” she said
      in an excited whisper.

—Terri Guillemets

scrambled blackout poetry created from F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, 1925, Scribner trade paperback, 2004, pages 43–45