Two Poems on the Coronavirus by Evan Mantyk and Damian Robin The Society February 27, 2020 Coronavirus, Deconstructing Communism, Human Rights in China, Poetry 6 Comments From Some Nightmarish Vial a villanelle by Evan Mantyk Did it emerge from some nightmarish vial? Is it a weapon meant for killing us, Like marching microscopic rank and file? If so, it’d sweep a nation mile by mile; The source is hard to trace, that’d be a plus. Did it emerge from some nightmarish vial, Invading bodies that then seek to rile The masses with irrational animus Like marching microscopic rank and file? There is a strange equality to its style, A sort of dark Darwinian calculus. Did it emerge from some nightmarish vial? Can money thrown at vaccines for a while Appease a godless horde that swells like pus, Like marching microscopic rank and file? I see it now, its hungry, evil smile Born out of jealous, selfish hate and thus Did it emerge from some nightmarish vial Like marching microscopic rank and file! Chinese Communist Health Care by Damian Robin O, masked surgeon, delver in sliced flesh, Incognito in an inner sanctum Near immoral jails that keep good organs fresh, Have no worries for your livelihood, Your tenure or your state career’s momentum, For your blades perform the service that they should. Your skill set won’t be moved to stop diseases. Your work of many years will still stay schtum. You will not be transferred to care for coughs of wheezes, Your cuts and thrusts can’t stab a virus dead. Your knives are dull, out-sized beside a quantum COVID-19 start-up and its viral spread. In institutions that have lost all sane decorum There are countless organs you can conjure up. You save the lives and faces of the Party Forum With red insider hands that stitch and cover up. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 6 Responses Kathleen Farrell February 28, 2020 Well Evan, I can only pray that it is not so! Reply Evan Mantyk February 28, 2020 Kathleen, thank you for reading. Whether the virus is manmade or not, I am not sure. There is compelling evidence, and either way, it may not matter. The point is that there is something virus-like, weapon-like, and manmade that is coming out of China (though it started in Europe), which is communism. Reply Joseph S. Salemi February 28, 2020 When I consider the entire matter historically, I feel nothing but deep sorrow and regret over the fact that China — the bearer of one of the oldest and most beautiful civilizations ever to arise — was fatally infected with the mental disease known as socialism-communism-collectivism, and all of the sick ideas associated with that disease. And this disease is a pathology that comes from us in the West. Our “Enlightenment” and our liberalism and our social revolutions and the insanity coming out of German Idealism generated this pandemic. We infected the world with it. Cherryl February 28, 2020 Evan I think it is man made in a vial. By evil people who want to flex their muscles and show the world what can happen with a possible pandemic. IMO I believe there’s a P4 Lab in Wuhan, about 20 miles from the Seafood place where the 1st six 6 people got sick. This lab is where biochemicals are made. They have been trying to make a virus similar to the Sars Virus of 2003. It could have been leaked accidentally, or intentionally? Will we ever know the truth? I doubt it. Reply Evan Mantyk April 10, 2020 Definitely a vial: Reply Jonathan Kinsman April 21, 2020 Topical but the iambs are off. Tsk tsk. “Did it emerge…” “If so, it’d sweep…” “I see it now…” How did this, this “it” get by the IP Police??? Haha! I enjoyed the unintended irony, always good in topical verse. Remember: we are all Kung Flu Fighters (fast as lightening!) Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.