Poetry Corner : “Poetry in the Time of COVID”

Poetry in the Time of COVID

So what is the role of a poet during COVID?
no different than the role of a poet when there is no COVID
it is a role of a bullfighter
jab the reader with lances
not to kill and maim
but to challenge and make the reader think
and get the bull angry
to charge yet again
in different words the role is to make you think
challenge a placid mind to jump beyond the palaver of government propaganda
I can make you love or hate the late Idi Amin of Uganda
or ooh and ah to a Panda bear
from concentration camp China
or drop lines like Burka babes shopping at COSTCO
that cause you to think I am
a lunatic on the run
but if I have raised your ire
you have stopped to think
which might be better than being steamrollered by political stink
you can then stand and sing the national anthem at  a sporting event
and forget the poet pleading with you to THINK !

Robert K. Stephen

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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