Virus

Virus

by Alira L Cohen

Can you feel its fingers
wrapped around the throat
of the human race?
crawling like a roach
clawing like a rat
breaking through the skin
damaging humanity’s one body.
I lie down in wait and all
My eyes are telling me now is
“Hold still,
these hours will be long.”
I never thought
I’d need to stay
So collected against my own terms.
I have always been that stranger
that creature tangled up inside of itself
waiting for the right moment
to say something.
For the right moment
to step outside
to leave.
I suppose it’s too late for that now.
Too late to apologize
too late to say a proper farewell.
But I don’t hold my breath.
My veins are now burning
something in me has changed
for the best
and I feel closer to humanity
than I ever did before.
I now realize how much in this world
there truly is to love.
Too bad one must witness it
from far away.
So removed
so cold.
But I hold onto every word
and I treat these words with care.
I leave my body open
to tears that I’m no longer
afraid of.
I won’t let this destroy me.

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