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Vincent Berquez: Covid poem

 

Covid poem

 

Working in ITU Dept at a time of Covid 19

You cried for those eyes that felt no warmth,

for the afterthoughts of conversations yet to be finished.

The utter confinement gave little comfort in the dying cold

of pipes and masks, the smacking of latex gloves

trapping hands in sweaty health, the fear of a closing down.

The complete violation of sleep’s healing process,

static and dispassionate, mechanical air forced through.

The healthy milling around big bodies on small beds,

in plastic bubbles, lying on their bellies with loved ones far away.

 

Vincent Berquez

 

Vincent Berquez is a London–based artist and poet. He has published in Britain, Europe, America and New Zealand. His work is in many anthologies, collections and magazines worldwide (f.i. fleursdumal.nl).

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