Normal (COVID)

My biannual endocrinology blood test.

Don’t use real names my doctor suggested

last time I wrote a poem about him and my

biannual blood test and so today even though he has

a good name he is Jewish but has one of those names

like Abraham Lincoln today I will call my endocrinologist

not his name but Andrew Jackson

and I will go to my blood test fasting instead of drinking

coffee first and I listen to my new audio book

on the way through the park and see birds and other people

walking through the park we’re all masked as though being masked

is normal and I’ll get to his office and have my temperature taken

to make sure I don’t have a COVID temperature Peter took my

temperature this morning just in case and I did fine and I will not

go to the library afterwards  what I usually do after I will

walk back through the park listening to my audio book and pretending

that this is normal and come inside and look out the window

and then I’ll try to write a poem called Normal.


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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