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It’s raining outside… thunder, lightning, and pouring cats and dogs!
It’s raining in my mind… thunder, lightning, pouring cats and dogs!
It’s raining down upon the black, tarred prison grounds… thunder, lightning, pouring cats and dogs!
It’s raining everywhere! Upon our synagogues, mosques, churches… thunder, lightning, pouring cats and dogs!

The rain, the thunder, lightning. Cats and dogs have spread into our towns, cities, all throughout the state and our countryside!
Society is being flooded, businesses collapsing, people seeking shelter from the rain… thunder, lightning, and pouring cats and dogs!
Make no mistake,
the world, our universe is being rained down upon with something even more severe than thunder, lightning, in which a deadly virus rises up!
That thunder, lightning, cats and dogs, cannot compare. It is of no match to this deadly, insidious coronavirus.
If there was an option, a choice to be made, to take the alternative, I’d surely take the thunder, lightning, cats and dogs a hundred times over.

So do your very best, don’t allow this virus to rain down upon you.

 
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Lloyd Friedland

Lloyd Friedland is a writer and artist incarcerated at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, N.Y. He is serving a 18-years to life sentence for armed robbery.