Short Pandemic Poems by Joe Tessitore The Society April 10, 2021 Coronavirus, Haiku and Senryu, Humor, Poetry 27 Comments . The Plague They muzzle their breath, Sealed in rooms as if in tombs, Scared to death of death. . . A Tale from the City They’ve worn my patience very thin So I wear my mask upon my chin “Nose exposed!”, a stranger’s cry! “Brains in chains!”, my swift reply! I sneezed and hit her with a snot. She fainted right there on the spot. . . Joe Tessitore is a retired New York City resident and poet. 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) 27 Responses Mike Bryant April 10, 2021 Joe, your first sums up the situation perfectly. The second has me laughing… and Susan too. Our Texas governor has lifted the mask mandate. Stores still ask me if I’d like a mask. I have come up with about twenty responses. I’ve only been run out of one store. Their loss. Thanks. Reply Cynthia Erlandson April 11, 2021 God bless Governor Abbott. Reply Gail April 10, 2021 I love it! There are a number of mountaineers and rock climbers among my acquaintance, so I know from them that many people who fall die of a heart attack before they hit the ground. “Brains in chains!” made me laugh. So true. So true. Reply an'ya April 10, 2021 Great humor, Joe. Although I’m not against mask wearing for at-risk individuals, it’s beyond me that where we live in the harbor with lots of fresh air and virtually no people, why those who do venture down for a walk in the fresh air, wear masks when absolutely no one but the seagulls are around, an’ya PS: also the people who are driving their cars with masks on. Reply Gail April 10, 2021 My favorites are the folks bicycling or running alone wearing masks! Reply an'ya April 10, 2021 Them too Joe. Unfortunately, most people don’t understand how a virus even works, but thank goodness for poetry helping us get through these times!, thanks for the chuckle. an’ya Paul W Erlandson April 10, 2021 Nicely done. A “tactical poetry strike” if I’ve ever seen one! Get in, get the job done, and get out. Bravo! Reply Joseph S. Salemi April 10, 2021 Masks are being pushed solely as a sign of subservient obedience, very much like the pinch of incense at the imperial altar required by the Romans as a sign of loyalty to Caesar. In itself it means nothing, but if you don’t make the gesture you’re marked as a recalcitrant. Reply Joe Tessitore April 11, 2021 Something going on in the Apple, Joe. We were out and about yesterday and would guesstimate that some ten percent of passers by were either unmasked or wearing them on their chins! Hope springs … ? Reply Gail April 11, 2021 Only a few people in our neighborhood wear masks. It’s been beautiful out, so everyone’s out and about hobnobbing, walking dogs, puttering in their yards and garages. The children all play together and ride their bikes together–no masks. In a way, the pandemic has promoted a renewal of real neighborliness. Except at the two houses where Biden/Harris signs remain in the yards, very impolitic. Jeff Eardley April 10, 2021 Joe, we need humour these days and you have just given us a first dose. We await your next which will hopefully give us full immunity. Great stuff on a dark, cold and dreary day over here. Reply Margaret Coats April 10, 2021 Hey, that’s a double dose from American Joe and a booster from English Jeff. Imagine the havoc for record keepers! Reply Joe Tessitore April 11, 2021 No such thing as “havoc for record keepers” – these days, they just make things up. Julian D. Woodruff April 10, 2021 Short and sweet, Mr. Tessitore. (OK, maybe a bit sour, but clearly appropriately so.) In Toronto, my son-in-law reports, a friend stood in line to enter a supermarket–one of 120 (!) by her count. She (American, as it happens) was the only one not masked. The scary question: what won’t people do? Reply Sally Cook April 10, 2021 Dear Joe T. — You have both sense and sensibility, and I am sure that you can keep us from losing heart. Reply Joe Tessitore April 11, 2021 From one of today’s readings: “… for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith. Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” John 5:1-6 Reply wayne frazier April 12, 2021 Amen brother Amen~! Tonia Kalouria April 10, 2021 Love them both, Joe! Second is a LOL: Needed that. Reply Yael April 11, 2021 Great poems to brighten my day, I love both of them. Short, sweet, funny and to the point. Definitely a hit-and-run. Reply C.B. Anderson April 11, 2021 Joe, you should write advertisement copy — you would make a fortune! Reply Mike Bryant April 11, 2021 I agree, Joe T. will be successful wherever he decides to be. His poetry is certainly well received by you and me. Go JOE!!! Reply Cynthia Erlandson April 11, 2021 Great stuff! Not only are they scared to death of death; it’s even sadder that they’re scared to live. Reply Joe Tessitore April 11, 2021 Well said, Cynthia! Reply Cynthia Erlandson April 11, 2021 God bless Governor Abbott. Reply David Watt April 12, 2021 Joe, your humorous pieces perfectly capture the absurdity of following random unscientific dictates. I will remember your ‘Brains in chains!’ the next time I see a dutifully masked couple driving on a country road. Reply Enrico Falcone April 12, 2021 In the shadows of all that was I come here now just because Pandemic or war it’s all the same There is always someone else to blame You live or die it’s all ordained A million times it’s been explained My numbers up, I have to go Don’t look for me tomorrow Reply Joe Tessitore April 12, 2021 Amen! 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.