The New Reality Show
Just when we thought normal life could resume,
the Virus has slapped the back of our collective head
Not so fast.
States that reopened early,
with fanfare and a smirk of arrogance,
are now teeming with new cases.
Hospital are choked with the illness,
no beds left,
triage a spreading dread.
Rewind the tape of New York City in March and April.
Newscasters call it out of control,
their expressions sobered by shock.
The side-lined Dr. Fouci bites his tongue,
but we spy it anyway:
I told you so in a cartoon balloon hovering
above his head; Science having been outshouted
by the fervent wish to believe
Let’s clink wine glasses and toast
to ignoring common sense,
to signs that boast, Selfish and proud of it!
While the rest of the world shrinks back in horror
at our numbers (and bodies) piling up,
the Virus, sporting a MAGA hat,
is laughing its ass off.
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I like having Dr. Fauci biting his tongue and love the sardonic ending!
You’ve captured it perfectly. Wonderful, Kathleen!
So painfully true!
Yes, I think there may be a market for the “selfish and proud of it’ tshirts. You nailed it.
Those t-shirts are probably already out there! Hard to believe!
Kathleen – What truth in this poem. From the title to each exact reference, you did indeed nail it (using words, not a hammer!) Love “Virus has slapped the back of our collective head.” It reminds me of Gibbs (old NCIS) slapping Tony’s head. Wake up and get rid of the nonsense. You done it again, Girl.
Sylvia, I love that the slap reminded you of Gibbs! I loved that show, but it just wasn’t the same after Ziva left! Thanks for the kudos!
Yes, Ziva took the show with her. Loved your comment on the situation that is almost too ludicrous for words even good ones like yours.