I Have Coronavirus and So Do You
“If I get corona, I get corona.”
They say that truth passes through three stages:
First, it’s ridiculed. Second, it’s violently
opposed and reported false as fake news.
Third, accepted as self-evident and true.
They say that grief passes through five stages:
Denial, anger, bargaining, depression,
and acceptance—this poem is my acceptance
that I have coronavirus—this disease
is contagious—like spring breakers in denial,
ridiculing medical truth and the facts.
Stupidity is a viral disease too,
there are no stages, and no passing through,
but there are people passing—people dying too—
I have coronavirus and so do you.
Eamon O'Caoineachan is a poet, originally from Co. Donegal, Ireland, but living in Houston, Texas. His work is published in Prometheus Dreaming, The Ekphrastic Review, Vita Brevis Press and The University of St. Thomas's literary magazines, Thoroughfare and Laurels. He is the recipient of The Robert Lee Frost-Vince D’Amico Poetry Award and the Rev. Edward A. Lee Endowed Scholarship in English at the University of St. Thomas, Houston. He is completing his MA in English and working on his first poetry collection.
The Ekphrastic Review
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