in sickness and in health – what coronavirus means in relation to love & loneliness

in times of fear we stay close to those who have taught us the true meaning of love

a virus by the name of a beer my closest companions are familiar with,

now associated with death and sickness

but through sickness and health those who know the meaning of devotion

share it together through intimacy of the entanglement of their hands

 

it’s such a funny thought 

 

where our germs lay the most

we combine our fingertips with another

because we are so afraid of not having that person within arms reach.

to let go is to say goodbye and to say goodbye is

expecting the worst.

 

i witness those masking their facial expressions so that any sight of happiness cannot be found

every hour of every day

even while driving with the windows down with no single sight of another person in the car

 

how can we express love to each other when our mouths are forever hidden?

how can we greet somebody without wrapping one another like a gift on christmas?

will there ever be Christmas parties or gatherings without masks?

 

in times of fear we stay close to those who have taught us the meaning of love

a virus by the name of a beer my closest companions are familiar with,

now associated with death and sickness

but through sickness and health those who do not know the meaning of devotion

do not share it together through intimacy of the entanglement of their hands

 

instead

 

they share their own devotion towards the media and trepidation

leaving them with nothing but their own

loneliness

hidden

underneath a mask.

 

– j.ds

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