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The Blight that United Us

With the legs of a thief, the plague came,
And victims from the living spectrum
Fell into a feverish vacuum,
Rivaling the fires of a crematorium
As the strangling pain of suffocation
Wrung their lungs.
With the legs of a thief, the plague came,
Giving us the obsessiveness
Howard Hughes knew
By stealing our option to go ungloved,
By stealing our partiality to be unmasked,
By imprisoning us in paranoia
Behind physical and emotional bars,
It split our hearts into many sad parts.  
With the legs of a thief, the plague came.
For that time, there were pleas to something divine.
Every sphere of the atmosphere could hear
Petitions for salvation.
With the legs of a thief, the plague came.
Nonetheless, many blest the first responders
And hospital workers
Who were stationed in adversity-drenched trenches,
Who were providing the tests and giving medicine
When certain politicians only shared a lot of wind
From their chins.
With the legs of a thief, the plague came,
And people spoke of the pandemic in the past tense,
Waiting for a time hence
Where there is no scourge,
And less viral lives will emerge.

Bob McNeil, writer, editor, and spoken word artist, is the author of
Verses of Realness.  Hal Sirowitz, a Queens Poet Laureate, called
the book “A fantastic trip through the mind of a poet who doesn’t
flinch at the truth.”  Among Bob’s recent accomplishments, he
found working on  Lyrics of Mature Hearts to be a humbling
experience because of the anthology’s talented contributors.

For further information about Bob McNeil, kindly send your queries
to P.O. Box 144, Hollis, NY 11423.  

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Previously published in
Eleventh Transmission:
"The World Has Stopped" by Ashley Owen.

Published June 29, 2020

45 Poems of Protest: The Pandemic

The Blight that United Us

by Bob McNeil
(Hollis, New York, USA)
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