“How’s Pandemic Post-Election Life?”

question asked by Savannah Dudley

Uproarious joy drapes loosely over conflict,
internal dialogue between self & self-with-panic.

Beginnings of celebrations: Natasha Chen,
a CNN reporter, says, This is a party—
we have drag queens & an inflatable dinosaur.

The future is a snake hole in the garden,
the past a broken music box.

I’m getting used to the possibility
of hope, although it taunts,
says, Cower! Hide! Run!

I’ve not been infected
with true belief in anything.

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