Invincible Strains

Oh God, the chills begin.

Mutated strains, a gas
mask way
of life turned
airborne.

Darling, you’re so
warm, but are
you sure this self-
imposed quarantine isn’t
a step
too far?

Panic in the streets
began mid-August, but of
the few bio-hazards
incubating,
one emerged strongest,
testing positive for headlines
taken literally;

a
contagion of
auxiliary symptoms with
militant
precision but about as
divisive to blood
cells as

spoons in
a cutlery drawer.

Mother always said
misery has
the worst

imagination.

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