Spanish flu got
Old Fritz Drumpf
did you know
arbeit macht frei
senators wheeze
incentivize the workers.

Multi-tasking like
there’s no tomorrow
there’s no tomorrow!
relations crumbling
distance isolating the
known is unknowable.

Heavy clouds press
time plays games
Emily talks of small fabric
while seedlings emerge
in the cold sun
like unwanted children.

The filmmaker from Sarajevo
laughs at his tomato plants
in wartime I read
that somewhere
long ago now
I too am a farmer digging.


– Diane Sophrn
  Vermont (6.10.20)