Maria S. Picone, Myrtle Beach, SC
In Latin, ‘corona’ is a crown; in America, Corona is a beer.
If you look Asian (American), you might spread coronavirus.
In my hometown, a friend reported that Chinese restaurants
are being vandalized by those who fear the coronavirus.
I watch the number tick up every day, grief pulling
me skyward, wondering who’s next to get the coronavirus.
“Don’t worry all! Mike Pence is on it, sort of,” – our President,
more worried about the economy than any coronavirus.
Amid the armed protests, rent strikes, unemployment
busy signals, I wonder, “What will you take next, coronavirus?”
It shows us all, Maria, even you, that today misinformation,
racism, tribalism can be more deadly than coronavirus.