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.


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◄ Lifting the Veil

Fugue ►


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John Marks

Wed 4th Mar 2020 18:35

Thanks Po.

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Tue 3rd Mar 2020 21:31

Just when I'm thinking its time.....

again you pull me back.

I wish I was still at school I would pay attention instead of drifting off on flights of fancy or lust and drink and drugs and rock and roll.

All of which (as we now know) is wasted on the youth.

Thanks John for another cracker

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John Marks

Mon 2nd Mar 2020 23:19

Thanks Martin.

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Martin Elder

Mon 2nd Mar 2020 21:58

What I like about your poetry John is that I always learn something new as well as being able to enjoy the poetic content
Nice one

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