Betty’s Birthday (COVID)

Yesterday we went to see Peter’s sister Betty

for her birthday.  Betty has some Health Challenges

we went there and celebrated

by discussing good movies on Turner Classics so many

great stars we love them still and then we walked home

stopping on the way for a drink to Betty:

Malbec for Peter I drank a better than you’d expect

Watermelon Margarita that comes in a can

friends of friends walked by said to watch

the Black Brit Steve McQueen movies on Amazon

we all agreed  movies have assumed another importance

when we got home  I asked Peter if he wanted to watch

Steve McQueen movies  and he said

no.  Another Crown.  We sat on the couch

our life in straight lines now,  discussing transition teams

and whether public schools would close

eating CVS salted cashews

knowing winter won’t last forever

Joe Biden will be President and  probably be

a vaccine and the Georgia senate race will be over

and this world will  be better by then.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. One can only hope.
    Happy Birthday Betty!
    Thank you Esther for making some sense in a senseless world.
    Better times ahead!

  2. Dear Esther, you have become part of my morning like coffee and how much sleep did I get, reflected on my Fitbit app. You are in NY and I am in CA – yet we watch and wait for the same things. You continue to inspire me to write the daily. Good Morning – joanell

  3. Hello Esther!
    I read and enjoy all your poems, so thanX!
    We send good thoughts to Betty
    with wonderful memories of time spent with her and everyone at your family,& friends fun Thanksgivings.
    Looking forward to future visits? with all of you when the world heals. Sending love.

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