Did You Get Your Appointment (COVID)

Vaccines have become The Big Subject Matter

Did You Get an Appointment a woman I know just a little

asked me on the street yesterday Jill’s husband

Eric said It’s Like the Toilet Paper Run I hate this

unfair system Peter said.  Life altering said a famous journalist

we ran into at the farmer’s market. Shortage and anxiety a bad

combination my economist friend Sangeeta explained.

I Got An Appointment people texted.  One even said That Was Easy

but it wasn’t. Friends would call with TIPS.  Try the drugstore.

We put our names on lists and lists, spent a day

calling the number at the Javits Center where

Barbara got three appointments on the phone for

her family wrote down phone numbers all over my apartment

and then Ellen a stranger on Next Door, my daily reading

matter, said New Appointments are Released at Midnight

from the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation so we

watched a few episodes of Community tried simultaneously

at 12:01 there were actually appointments at Bellevue Hospital

my computer froze and Peter got them both on his phone.

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.

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