by Andrew Cox
Fear. And the way Spring insists green is the royal color The way the word vaccine puts a saddle on a horse To ride through the countryside shouting the virus is coming And how one by land and two by sea are a math of arrival How arrival enters through the mouth and is swallowed To dissolve as if it were the pill that supplies answers To questions we did not ask but used to hallucinate Family history and its ride on a boat that went down at sea The way the word symptom made us lose our voices The way the word mask taught us to focus on eyes The way the word normal taught us the lesson of regret Fear. And the way Spring insists it’s flexing its muscles again ____
Andrew Cox is the author of The Equation That Explains Everything, (BlazeVOX [Books] 2010), the chapbooks This False Compare (2River View, 2020) and Fortune Cookies (2River View, 2009) and the hypertext chapbook, Company X (Word Virtual, 2000). He edits UCity Review.