COVID Poetry Corner: “Las Vegas meets the state lottery and the accountants”

Las Vegas meets the state lottery and the accountants

COVID-19 is a very nasty game
Assuming you recover for months you may be lame
But whatever country you are from an obsession with numbers seems to be the same
Every day it is the same category of numbers that remain
positivity rate
serves you right for not social distancing and kissing your date
so up goes the case count
not wearing the mask causes it to mount
deaths
spewing from droplets in your breaths
amount of people taking the jab
avoids bodies going on the slab
this obsession with numbers never ceases
and the number of people facing eviction because the can’t pay what’s owing on their leases
public health officials leading the political team
spew out numbers like an accountants dream
seemingly forgetting these numbers are actual people many with suffering untold all hail these numbers appear frequently on a graph
spelling out a sickening math
a very unpleasant mass epitaph
might as well be spinning the roulette wheel in Las Vegas or Reno
or playing the state lottery Keno
you and I are playing the odds
fodder for the media clods
hoping you and I aren’t statistics on the chart
for the nightly news
because the next step is family and friends saying good-bye in the pews

Robert K. Stephen

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Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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