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Poetic License: ‘Shelter’

By Staff | Apr 28, 2020

(Guest poet Jim Gustafson teaches creative writing at Florida Gulf Coast University and has authored four books.)

We are not to gather.

It is against the rules

or, if not rules, what

is said about living

and how, if we dare to

gather, we will all die,

or if not die, we may

get sick and make someone

else die, and that would be

sort of like dying our-

selves. Involuntary

but still manslaughter.

I will wander today,

step around the block, pace

the yard, pull a weed, and

mourn the loss of my lawn.

It will be like yesterday

and probably tomorrow,

or if not tomorrow,

the next day which will be

just like the day before.