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Pull that thing up over your nose
so you don’t become exposed
slowing the spread reduces the dread
CDC has failed us over and over by letting science
be defeated by assumptions,
Transmission of the plague due to unreasonable lockdown tactics,
Millionaires and billionaires’ wealth will not secure their health,
Rioters and looters throw bricks to build their house of horror,
They shut down this upside down town,
Since there was no buffer everyone had to suffer,
Safely discontinue isolation once you recover from
There’s a whole lot more going on in this world
Than what you see,
Pandemic has all of us panicking creating a
symptom checking forms is part of the new norm,
the outbreak is the straw that broke the capitalism’s back,
Virtual hearings prove that we are taking this seriously,
10 day quarantine has all of us acting mean,
Disinfect it, clean that place up
We still don’t have the panacea for this virus,
Daily my hopes are not panning out like I hoped

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Kenneth Moore is an African-American writer and poet. He is the author of the book “Subconscious Poetry” (available at and has had one of his poems published in the book “Silent Screams: Poems from Uncharted Territory” by Dr. Unique Shaw-Smith. He is incarcerated in California.