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Virus Testing Kit

Sorry, my mind
is elsewhere, flung
among the numbers,
the medical mathematics
of bone density and obesity,
the graphs of age and morbidly, blood pressure and stroke
plotted against the wave of infections, the numbers of new
cases, death rates, fourteen-day quarantines, recovery rates,
numbers of ventilators and critical-care beds,
test kits and blood tests.
PPE entering the lexicon, along with social distancing
and bending the curve.  Looking over my shoulder
for a plateau and toilet paper
sold out in numbers no one can understand.
Cities circled, culled, shutdown,
a single car speeding a straight line
through empty streets.

Eunice Tiptree's poem's have appeared inThe Kenyon Review,
Rock & Sling,Straylight, and Inscape Magazine.  Her essays
published have appeared in Brevity,Crack the Spine, Weave,
Older Queer Voices and elsewhere.  She is a MFA student at the
Rainier Writers Workshop.

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Previously published in
Eleventh Transmission:
"Laundry Day" by Emily Uduwana.

Published June 29, 2020

45 Poems of Protest: The Pandemic

Virus Testing Kit

by Eunice Tiptree
(Chardon, Ohio, USA)
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