Original submission by the author

Flowing
In the air is a virus
One of discrimination
Picking and choosing 
Who it kills

It arose in the year
Of 2020
Brought to the surface
All over the media
They scream about it

I hide in my bed
Under thin covers
Cold and praying
To remain uninfected

Isolation
It makes me want
To wear a mask
Even when asleep
To play it safe
I do not want this virus
To spread upon me

Virus
Results in death
The virus called intolerance
Floyd took a knee for all of us

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Heather D'Aoust

Heather D’Aoust is a writer incarcerated in California. She also publishes under the name Jeff-Free and uses the pronouns they/them.