No Poems About the Debate (COVID)

how hard it was to watch

no poems about whether they should debate again

about Chris Wallace and white supremacists

and how they talked to one another

and how he didn’t follow rules and how

people can be undecided even now and fake

news and real news and what is Fox Network

and we wanted to watch something

entirely different say Schitt’s Creek afterwards

Anderson Cooper and Jake Tepper instead

people talking about What Happened

and whether they should debate again and finally

I went into my room I couldn’t read so I listened to

another one of those This Will Put You To Sleep

For Sure podcasts and tried very hard not to think

about the debate and after a while I slept.

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. Creikie!!!! what a mess…. I could not watch it… Saw about 5 minutes in total…. My son has words for that… Cluster. F***…. Onward. I went to bed and am reading an amazing book about Octopus.. I recommend it. They are beyond intelligent. Smart, clever, loving and tenacious! Thanks for your insights daily…

  2. Yeah. After a half hour I switched to Netflix “Hinterland” and a gruesome murder to calm me down and fell asleep.

  3. Very succinct and exactly the way we felt. Don’t know if we could watch another debate. Your poems really reflect on life so eloquently and your daily discipline in writing, especially at this time when we hunger for other people’s opinions and experiences, is admirable.

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