The Lightness of Carrying an Epidemic

The Lightness of Carrying an Epidemic

New drink from the ginger roots pulled out from the garden

A glass, freshly boiled and rich with honey

You plan to replenish your depleted immunity

The storms of microbes are dousing the plane passengers

All coughing now and feverish

Chinese medical reports an epidemic in the chicken farms

Spreading from airports to airports

When they arrived home children will carry the virus with their books

From class to class, backpacks, playgrounds and sleep overs

The virus travels like a seasoned wanderer, unhindered and silent.