One Wednesday in June (COVID)


Here we are in one of the most

ordinary beautiful places on earth

poor New York state county hipsters

few and far between culture a lower case c

some few in expensive boots in summer

people wear masks at Hannafords

in the town of Cairo they seem to believe

the virus is over days like no other in my lifetime

small days of Big Hopes the world on a media screen

poverty and then hope even in the town of Catskill

100 people signed a petition yesterday

to make a Black Lives Matter mural

we better understand what has happened

in this country read books we

should have read long ago  conversations

we’ve avoided for so long here we are

fragrant small strawberries at the farmstand

we can’t pick them this summer

we can eat them and we can

make strawberry shortcake and protest

and tell every single person to vote

and to vote and to vote.


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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