There Are Way Too Many People Dying


There are way too many people dying

Yet we, the living, complain

Because we’re still here

With masks and keeping six feet or

Two meters apart

Staying not in a factory or prison

But at home

From where we live and work

Unless you have to go away to work,

And we thank you

And (everyone) get by hopefully without catching


Such as the nineteenth COVID virus


We have to get outside,

And so we protest in Berlin

And politicians in Ohio

And D.C.

Hawk a malarial that not only

Doesn’t work but harms in other ways

If Madame Cleo came back

And recommended something,

I’d be more inclined to listen


This should be the year of doing nothing

I’ve said it elsewhere

I’m saying it again

This should be the year of doing nothing

But getting better


Next year we could try it

Without the disease


C L Couch



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United Nations COVID-19 Response

Frontline. Inspired by images of exhausted doctors and nurses. Image created by Kevin Kobsic. Submitted for United Nations Global Call Out To Creatives – help stop the spread of COVID-19.