People are breathless, losing their breath
They’re afraid of each other, they’re afraid to go out
Missing each other, can’t socialize
Now we are socially distant and lonely instead
No restaurants concerts or crafts fairs
No arty gatherings at the Blue Door Art Center**
No yoga but we have it on zoom
Zoom yoga: Namaste. Zoom poetry and Zoom school
Can it be I am going crazy?
In a weird and scary way I’m getting used to it
A lurking menace all around us, unseen, unheard
Nanoscopic bits of RNA
Its A’s and C’s, U’s and G’s are controlling the world
*Landay is a poetry form from Afghanistan, traditionally used by Afghan women. It consists of couplets of a first line of 9 syllables and a second one of 13 syllables.
**The Blue Door Art Center, located in Yonkers, NY is a non-profit organization bringing the arts to local communities throughout Westchester currently underserved by arts programs, galleries, and performance spaces.