Normalish (Corona Virus poems)

Nothing is normal

nothing is normal now

Marion said Carlos said The World is Biblical

inside  ourselves in a way we weren’t before

opposite of a social distancer I’ve been

meeting  friends and strangers and anyone else

all day all my life and yet

if I am able to put aside The World for a while

presidents and consequences

and people without food and in prisons

and shelters and What Will Happen

if I am able to breathe slow deep breaths

every morning  first time

in so many years able to write

a sentence or two even three or four

occasionally one of them OK

actually almost happy in a way

I haven’t been in a while to be here

in this  apartment I still love after so many

years rent stabilized orange

books to read for a few lifetimes  food

two bottles of Vodka for Quarantinis

one block from the park where even though

nothing is normal there are yellow forsythias now.




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. Loved your poem. Reflects what I’m feeling now as well. Thank you for persevering. Best wishes for your health and safety. Carol

  2. A perfect poem. Love this: “ The World is Biblical
    inside ourselves in a way we weren’t before”
    And this: “ actually almost happy in a way
    I haven’t been in a while to be here
    in this apartment I still love”
    And this: “ two bottles of vodka for Quarantinis”

    Even though I’m a social-distance at all times, your poems are perfect ways I can’t diagram.

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