The Covid Serpent

Greenpoets from Beyond Baroque revision

Genie Nakano

Loretta*
died this morning, 12:30 AM
the ninth of my friends
who died this year
the Covid snake is gaining ground

photo by Genie Nakano, Thailand

I look back and see fangs dripping with fresh blood.

Stay away from me you evil monster–yet it keeps sliding rippling faster on the ground.

I want to live and so did they.

“Aren’t you satisfied. Haven’t you had enough to eat!!!

He raised his head began to speak.,.,.,.,

I have children. They grow faster everyday. I cannot rest till all are fed.”

I must not look back. Too much time is wasted. He will get me if I falter.
I must develop wings and fly.

Genie Nakano
January 15, 2021

*an anonymous name. in order to protect.

After attending the Green Poets workshop of Beyond Baroque in Venice in our zoom class. I revised this poem according to suggestions…here it is in revision…

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I love writing--It's my joy, my therapy--my confession. I'm a performer, dancer, yoga and meditation instructor, write a poetry column for Rafu Shimpo. Growth and love of life is a key to my happiness.

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