Content Note: COVID-19
for Nina, Q, and Fenrir
in the middle of a plague that’s killing thousands around her,
I learn that my friend is in remission.
another two friends are moving out of their
second shitty apartment of the year and
into a house a hundred klicks away.
and I hear from Sara Cody speaking on the TV
we’re seeing the first hints of daylight in the long storm.
I long for the day when I can once
again reach out and touch my friends, when I
can hug gleefully without the spectre of
death upon us, when I
might finally feel normal again –
and then I remember there’ll never be
normal again and I
wonder if I’m wrong for wishing for
the world to extend beyond my parents’ front door