Poetry about the Pandemic by Lorna Wood

pink petaled flowers

Second COVID Spring, with Azaleas

A year gone by, another spring. 
Again azaleas appear.
We are still behind our glass walls, 
but now our arms are needle-sore, 
our hearts filled with intoxication.

At first glance, nothing could reflect 
our flight from fear to hope better 
than a bank of azaleas 
gaping at us through our windows,
even more riotous than last spring.

But there is something aggressive 
in these crowded, fuchsia blossoms
growing nearer every year,
something that warns against too much hope.

Their glory draws me, but I stand
helpless before their intrusion,
If they are eyes, what do they see?
If mouths, what are they screaming?

I cannot trust their mad joy now.
Yet later, when they are drooping 
pathetically after a storm, 
I will recall with sadness
how brief their frenzy was. 



Bio: Lorna Wood is a violinist and writer in Auburn, Alabama. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in 2% Milk, Angel Rust (Best of the Net nominee), Coastal Shelf, Escape Wheel (great weather for MEDIA), and Poetry South (Pushcart nominee), among others. She has also published fiction, creative nonfiction, and scholarly essays. Find out more at amazon.com/author/lornawood

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Bio: Lorna Wood is a violinist and writer in Auburn, Alabama. Her poetry is forthcoming in 2% Milk and has appeared in Before I Turn Into Gold (David L O’Nan, editor), Angel Rust (Best of the Net nominee) and Poetry South (Pushcart nominee), among others. Her fiction has appeared in Doubleback Review (Pushcart nominee) and on the Litro [USA] Lab and NoSleep Podcasts. Her creative nonfiction recently appeared in Feed, and her most recent scholarly essay is in The Palgrave Handbook of Affect Studies and Textual Criticism. Find out more at https://www.amazon.com/author/lornawood or from her blog, Word Music, here: https://lornawoodauthor.wordpress.com

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