What We Have To Do (from last night’s class) (CV)

Last night’s class women

who’d been in prison we write

together Tuesday nights in last night’s Zoom class

strong women they’d all been quarantined

so many years one works in a men’s homeless shelter

400 beds poor Brooklyn neighborhood men

are sick and difficult another helps with seniors

in low income housing  brings them meals

tells them jokes last night they said that what they

learned being inside in a Big Quarantine

was how much we have to help each other

how much we need to love.

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. Dear Esther:
    I hope you & Peter & your son are all well. Keep the
    poems coming. Lifts our spirits.

    UK Virus ALERT
    The English are feeling the pinch in relation to the recent virus threat and have therefore raised their threat level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, the level may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.”
    The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out.
    The virus has been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.
    The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s Get the Bastard.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

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