Today I was feeling sorry for myself because I couldn’t ride. Roads are covered in snow after yesterday’s storm, and I no longer have my mountain bike to negotiate those conditions. To compensate for my cycling inactivity, I shoveled. I walked Diggity. I hosted a contractor to give us an estimate for repairing the many things wrong with our house.
Then, out of boredom, I thought I’d write a new post combining a hastily-written poem, a couple of pictures taken in my front yard, and a couple rejected pictures from the previous few days. (By the way, ALL of my poems are hastily-written. Who knows how great or awful my poems would be if I had enough patience for re-write after re-write, edit after edit, like REAL poets do.)
Yesterday, a blast of ice and snow, Oh Jeez! All hunkered down today Eight degrees! Sittin' in the Greg Room Nuthin' to do. 'Cept write a shallow poem For you. The virus cartoon I made sits in my desk. Showed it before. Emblazoned with a meaningful message I can't ignore. It's my secondary hazard theme. My backup plan. When I can't be interesting or threatening, The virus can. The Covid-19 thing is messing up my life. Pedal through it! Hell yeah, pedal through the pandemic. I can do it.
Do not enter if you have a cough or fever, Indeed, I am a true believer. I see signs like this everywhere I go, So I just pedal past the snow. It seems pretty academic, To pedal through the pandemic.
My driveway has a fine feature. It's a corona-eating creature.
Chow down, eat up, my snowy friend, Chew that virus to it's well deserved end. Grind it up in your rocky teeth, And send it to hell underneath.
Libraries produce hazardous minds, They challenge the conservative tie that binds. They let you borrow subversive books, The ones that result in questioning looks. "That guy is reading Nietszche," they'll say. They'd rather watch 'The Apprentice' on TV any day.
Just a few thoughts on a melancholic day. The ferret at the top of the page was created by my daughter when she was in about the 4th grade. It kind of inspired this whole post. Then I added the mask, put the coronavirus in its lap, and placed it in the snow.