C19 timeline & poems

Carol Davis takes watercolor and poetry writing classes through SRJCs Older Adults Program.

Courtesy of Carol Davis

Carol Davis takes watercolor and poetry writing classes through SRJC’s Older Adults Program.

Carol Davis, Student, SRJC Older Adults Program

C19 Villanelle

Each day I draw the curtains back to see

An empty street so early in the day

I’m here, behind the glass, can you see me?

So much goes on in our community

It’s quiet now— we’re cautioned not to stray

Each day I draw the curtains back to see.

Our neighbors’ girls are seven and aged three

They walk and wear their little masks to play

I’m here behind the glass, can you see me?

We feed the tiny birds up in the tree

A show of song and flutter as they may

Each day I draw the curtains back to see.

The news becomes a monotone I flee

Into the yard to cut a fresh bouquet

I’m here, behind the glass, can you see me?

Be wise and take precaution is the plea

A virus on the loose, I’m locked away

Each day I draw the curtains back to see

I’m here, behind the glass, can you see me?

— Carol Davis, May 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blocks of color marking time—marking history.
Feelings and observations of life behind locked doors.
Notes, news, bittersweet cartoons, photos and sketches become a release
of the angst felt throughout the days.

 

May 1, 2020

Untitled

 

Hiding behind this mask

Makes walking an exhaustive task

My glasses are steaming

I’m certainly dreaming

Of the day this is all in the past.

 

May 3, 2020

C19 Haiku

 

Poetry through Zoom

Socializing in a box

I will wait it out.

 

Hail to those who can—

Needing to communicate

Sharing artful words.

 

Living by the path

Sequestered yet observing

Life seems to go on.

 

May 6, 2020

End words – A Sestina

 

Weren’t we oblivious early March?
Off to see Angela Davis at the Green Center.
Two nights in a hotel: unafraid, touching.
By March fourth, we were understanding more.
Information blasts and precaution news.
Reality began to change.

 

Shop and stock up, things are about to change
How can this be over by the end of March?
The president makes predictions on the news
What about the disease control center?
We need to learn more
But for now, careful, no touching.

 

So much talk about touching
We will be needing to change
Our habits will require more
It’s time— get a grip, together we march
watch, listen, be informed—front and center
Pay attention, mask up, follow the factual news

 

Every day such diverse news
Social distancing works, no touching
So much community support at our local center
We are strong, our habits change
Now in April, much hindsight in March
Out of work, out of food, and so much more

 

Any eggs, tp, garlic and more?
Listen up, pay attention to the news
Friends sick from January ‘til March
No warnings about touching
Til it was too late, C19, a life of change
Our communities must unite, be alert, the core, the center

 

Who is our leader, our center?
We need more
We need change
We need truth in news
When it’s over, who will be touching?
Who will be leading the march?

 

We have learned to unite, to  center. We will rise

up and march for change in our country. The news

is divided, we need truth so much more.  We’ll

celebrate by touching.