Small Night Song
Who among us is not afraid?
I am afraid.
Today I put my children in the shower.
a Baptism – repeat repeat repeat the prayer
“You will not get sick.”
I screamed like a madwoman from a nightmare
in this nightmare –
And what is a nightmare
but a body with no power?
This wine that stains my lips
grows in soil now gone dark
I raise a glass to you,
six feet away or six feet under,
sleep now knowing
that daffodils, crocus, tulips
will bloom, careless, in the park.
~~ for all people tending to the sick and vulnerable, pandemic of 2020