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1​.​5​-​Meter Blockade

from United Earth League of Quarantine Aerobics by Chad Matheny

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There were no bombs,
there were no riots,
but I knew
this time's different,
so I hoarded black tea
and cat antibiotics,
and I called you:
"Is there anything
I could bring home to cheer you up?"

Our street's
unusually quiet,
and the birds too.
Desert monuments
in the Black Sea
and ice caps in the tropics,
but it's nothing new.
We're all alone next to each other,
and we always have been.

Spring breakers
drove back from the Baltic,
and the national debt grew,
and I got some weird advice
from our sober alcoholic neighbour.
He was wearing my old shoes,
and he said, "It's the first warm Saturday.
Write to an old friend,
then burn the letter.
That'll kill the virus.
Then throw your words into the sun."

Stay outside of a 1.5-meter radius.


from United Earth League of Quarantine Aerobics, released April 14, 2020
Birdsong: Lena Mikhaylova


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