COVID Teaches Me

by Mike Sherry
inspired by the Goat Rodeo Allstars

COVID teaches me that I can grow passionfruit on my patio
That bluebirds will nest more than once if you give them a box
And that fresh-picked blueberries are even more delicious
When wrested from thieving pigeons

COVID teaches me that having a project helps me get up in the morning
That building a raised bed or a birdhouse
Gives me hope even when I hear
An ambulance whose siren sounds like people gasping for breath

COVID teaches me that you have to master place value before regrouping
That even a brilliant eight-year-old can be reduced to tears
By an unresponsive keyboard
Or an impatient father

COVID teaches me that a single sentence can be 
Not only a plea, but a battle cry, a rallying call
Still, I can’t breathe, if I watch,
But I can’t look away

COVID teaches me that small talk is not important
Except when a quiet chat about something beautiful
Like my neighbor’s hibiscus blooming
Over the fence, six feet away
Is the most human connection I’ve had that morning.


Written by tbawproject

We are an affiliate with the National Writing Project and a partner with the University of South Florida. Please address correspondence to co-directors, Dr. Michael B. Sherry,, and Mari Aviles,

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