Obligatory Covid 19 Poem

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Listen.  The directionless

monoxide retch

of engines – quarrelling

in sick arteries

has quieted.

 

Listen as animals call

from traffic islands,

twitchels and premium

wasteland – unsure

of the silence but testing –

brush tails quivering

at the opportunity

to reclaim their stolen

nightlands.

 

Listen as the air thins

and echoes sound in

the urban uncertain –

leaves rattling,

soundtracking the street

with the louche cadence

of a diffident guiro.

 

Listen. You can hear

the buildings breathing.

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