COVID - 19 PRAGUE
Also known as SARS-CoV-2
Should we now introduce you?
A new virus inhuman-infecting Betacoronavirus
With a genetic proximity to 2 bat-derived SARS-like coronaviruses,
Likely originated in chrysanthemum bats.
Whilst, flat on their backs,
On All Souls and All Saints nights,
Or in the Moravian church where the congregation snuffle and wheeze,
Recalling all those Hussites burnt at the stake,
For believing differently; for carrying contagion.
Fireworks, like blood red poppies,
Explode nebulas of stars,
A tang of smoke
Clings to our clothes
Congregates in our throats
As we seek to continue to grow old.
A veneer of dusty history sparkles
As mists swirl..... Turks and Mongols
Prussians and Russians coalesce around
Braziers, roasting chestnuts with mufflers and gloves,
Remembering plagues of the past.
Hands into which we sneeze as the wind off the Danube.
Spreads through the freezing air,
Faces flare minutely, lighted cigarette smoke
Mingles in invisible droplets of mucus,
While silent going away parties
Fill the corners of empty rooms.