Saturday, July 18, 2020

A Room of My Own: Life and Death amidst a Pandemic

Ninety-First Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

onto the tree-lined street
for the first time
my old friend sings
to a songbird's melody

the smell
lingers in São Paulo's air
row upon row
of wooden grave markers
waiting for names

Added: Ninety-Second Entry about a cross-border marriage 

rows of Americans
and a line of Canadians
along the border fence
in the sunlit breeze
the couple sign I do, I do ...


  1. 1 Brazil’s Bolsonaro downplays coronavirus risks: "We’re all going to die one day," accessed at

    2 Brazil's Bolsonaro questions coronavirus deaths, says "sorry, some will die," accessed at

    “I’m sorry, some people will die, they will die, that’s life,” Bolsonaro said in a television interview on Friday night. “You can’t stop a car factory because of traffic deaths.”

  2. The following tanka could be read as a response poem to the ninety-second entry: Life is going on and will go on even in the Time of Covid19

    this year
    another wedding
    another baby …
    we extend the old oak table,
    squeeze in a few more chairs

    Spent Blossoms, TSA Anthology, 2015

    Susan Constable