COVIDTRY Poem 10

Neighbour above –
Drops everything on the floor

Neighbour across –
Burns food and opens his door

Neighbour to left –
Has super loud snores

Neighbour below –
Smokes weed outdoors

Neighbour to right –
Is quiet so I can ignore

Neighbours all new –
Six months, no more

I’m suddenly stuck –
Among folks I deplore

Of five new neighbours –
I do not like four

“It’s apartment living” –
So says the landlord

When I complain –
To get rules enforced

Well, if so, then I don’t –
Wanna live here no more

New places to live –
I must explore!

03.18.20 – 06.19.20

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

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COVIDTRY Poem 09 (#staytheblazeshome)

TALES FROM COVID #19

#staytheblazeshome

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There once was a land called Nova Scotia –
Which’s Premier asked the people not to roam –
In pandemic times of new corona –
This is their tale to #staytheblazeshome!

To prevent the spread of CoViD-19 –
They had to stay inside, with some, alone –
Until it was gone or came a vaccine –
They all would have to #staytheblazeshome!

They could still explore the world, see others –
Through Firefox, Facetime, Facebook, Skype, Edge, Chrome –
Each one on their own, or all together –
Connect with tech and #staytheblazeshome!

There were lots of other things to do, though –
If folks did not have internet or phones –
Arts, crafts, books, games, writing, music, puzzles –
So much to help them #staytheblazeshome!

Now, of course, they had to go out sometime –
But far too oft, and always with their phones –
Through which Google tracked them day and night time –
To show they did not #staytheblazeshome!

When the Premier saw this, he was livid –
He got on TV, his mouth frothed with foam –
Scolded those ignoring laws on CoViD –
And told them all to #staytheblazeshome!

Right away, the message resonated –
The world made memes, beers, songs, shirts, all things known –
Ev’ry thing with what the Premier stated –
His catchphrase hashtagged, #staytheblazeshome!

But unlike the virus that went viral –
His scolding’s biggest impact was in tone –
Worse and worse, the situation spiraled –
Folks yelled, but did not #staytheblazeshome!

So he sent police to ticket people –
For being where they’re not allowed to roam –
Or too close in public, or too social –
When they know well to #staytheblazeshome!

This worked well, and things reopened slowly –
Each step with rules, enough to make a tome –
To avoid more peaks and waves that’d only –
Return them all to #staytheblazeshome!

So did Nova Scotians follow plenty –
Enough to rid of CoVidD from their home?
Will there be a Tales from CoViD 20?
One called You Did Not #staytheblazeshome!

Meh! For now, heed Nova Scotia’s screw-up –
As detailed in this cautionary poem –
To diminish such pandemics’ wallop –
Right from the start, ye #staytheblazeshome!

04.18.20 – 05.17.20

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COVIDTRY Poem 08 (What Sound does an Outbreak Make?)

One night in May, 2020 –
A boy in his doggy –
In Saskatchewan, Canada –
Had a little chatty

Hey, doggy!
––Yeah, boy.

What sound does a snake make?
––Why, hisssss, of course!
––––The dog said menacingly.

And what sound does a quake make?
––Why rrrrrumble, of course!
––––The dog said unsteadily.

And what sound does an outbreak make?
––Why, um, ask the horse!
––––The dog said quite mockingly.

What sound does an outbreak make?
Why, it’s… BOOOM!
Bahahahahaha!
––––Laughed the boy heartily –
––––Watching his startled dog run away –
––––For days and more days –
––––As you only can –
––––In flat Saskatchewan

05.06.20

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COVIDTRY Poem 07

 

Nova Scotia –
Last province in Canada –
To get COVID-19 –
First province in Canada –
To go crazy in quarantine

04.24.20

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COVIDTRY Poem 05

 

A very deep ocean harbour –
In very windy city –
So calm it is a mirror –
Reflecting the tranquility –
Of a COVID locked down city

03.31.20

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