Coronavirus VI

We are getting used
to the dying. We walk our
dogs as excuses.

is a pandemic, no thought
big enough for it.

Our dogs have to pee
anyway. And have interests
in the outside world.

They pull us this way
and that until it is time
for a news update.

NB this coronavirus lyric like the others uses the capacity of lyric form to shift and blend voices; the effect can be choral, which we too often limit by the term irony.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

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