Going Viral

      by Michael Dylan Welch and Gary Hotham

First published in Frogpond 43:2, Spring/Summer 2020, page 13. Originally written in March of 2020.

coronavirus—
a few things crossed off
my to-do list                                                                   Michael

        washing from my hands
        what I can’t see                                                     Gary

dialing in
to the company meeting
in my bathrobe                                                               Michael

pandemic manners
more space
between us                                                                    Gary

        a walk in the park . . .
        my mask made in China                                         Michael

oatmeal nearly boiling over
a new report increases
the numbers                                                                   Gary