Day 7

Day 7 – Total confirmed cases in US: 26,747

The numbers have septupled in less than a week.

The opportunity to “flatten the curve” has passed and we won’t know for a while how successful our social distancing has been.

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Welcome to the first weekend without restaurants, bars, theaters, and zoos.

In keeping with our need to do our socializing without society, I’d like to raise a virtual pint…

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…to my fellow shut-ins; to those keeping love alive with phones and Facetime, and sexuality alive by any means necessary; to those who are using this sequester to heal a wound or learn an instrument, especially if that instrument is their heart; to those who are losing their jobs and their health; to those who will not survive this plague; and to those surviving on love and dreams of better days.

It is my good fortune to have the best that can be hoped for in times like these: a sequester-buddy to ride this out with, somebody who would share my disease, someone whose disease I would share.

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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