Other People Now (Covid)


We ordered online six jars of Tonino my favorite tuna

from a health food store in a small town in North Carolina

got seven copies of different chain letters

for recipes and poems and read two very good poems

by a very good poet from Illinois named Wilda Morris

Jenny and I met her in San Miguel a few years ago

(I’d like to hug Jenny and Wilda in San Miguel) and I called

my mother’s friend Joan almost 90 she told me

how people are that I haven’t seen in 50 years I have

always loved Joan and then I called Shatzie 90 year old woman

I don’t know who said she needed help with groceries on an email

bulletin board this was our second call

Shatzie said she is a happy lesbian  smokes weed

to sleep and runs a death cafe putting fun in funeral

she was a nurse we’ll meet after this

worked on a new story that may be ok maybe not

went to the farmer’s market stood 6 feet apart

farmers were all there although it was Easter Sunday

bought steamers and cod and sweet potatoes and leeks

we sat near the tulips in the park and thought about

how different this life is from what it was a month ago how little

time I had then to talk to Shatzie or Joan and why that was and

what about all the people who don’t have time or food right now

sick and afraid and how we might use this time

to connect our lives  with theirs.

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. Thank you, Esther. I’d like to hug you and Jenny in San Miguel again. You two added so much to the group with your open-hearted welcome of everyone, making a new friend every day. I’m flattered by your mention of my poems. And yes, I’m getting an endless assortment of requests that I join email chain letters with poems or recipes! Stay safe and be blessed.

  2. I appreciate your Covid poems. I like all your poems but unprecedented times like these create the opportunity for poets and writers to express what the rest of us are feeling. Thank you, Esther

  3. Hi Esther,
    Tried to leave comments before – something always fumbled. But I love getting your poems especially now!
    Almost as good, not quite, as having lunch!

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