Sep/Oct 2016 • Vol. XXXVIII No. 5 PoetrySeptember 1, 2016 |

Poem for Ebola

The neighbor's sprinkler system hissed, as if the decontamination process were beginning. Pouring bleach, I dreamed how white my dirty laundry, sanitized and fresh, could be. The neighbor's Ghanian au pair hosed down their driveway while the twin girls laughed. I turned the compost, saw its fat worms twist. The neighbor's television flashed with those meek forms, their masks, unable to escape. I found a dead bird near the kitchen window; its beady eyes were rimmed with blood, its wings fanned out like feathers in a fancy hat. I thought of when the neighbor's son had died of AIDS, of how it seemed the news had come on black wings silently descending on October's haunted winds. I swept the deck, the neighbor's fence defending its domain, then fertilized the lawn, my rubber gloves protecting me, my fear not gone, still here like anything that spreads and lives forever.

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