COVID Poetry Corner: “Where have all the stores and restaurants gone?”

Where have the stores and restaurants gone?

Taking my pooch in Toronto for a distemper shot today
have to keep that nasty virus away

So no relaxing in a waiting room
lest I spread some deadly doom

So I took a stroll in a once busy commercial neighbourhood
If I could
I’d change what I saw as more than half the commercial space was empty and for lease
so many people subjected to economic grief
based on decisions of the politico-medico elite
having a well paid job for these people life is sweet
while millions of jobless are in the street
these poor people must be so down
in a moment of sadness could this carnage have been prevented by a better decision
instead of those focused on numbers and charts
some might say by people full of hot air and farts?

Published by Robert K Sephen (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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