It’s Hillary behind COVID. That reject.
And Bill Gates – here he swallows, the saliva
pools. And I think about how far spite,
like infected droplets, spools and projects.
They engineered the virus with China,
To keep Trump from re-election.
Otherwise (his finger to the camera)
You tell me! How could this happen?
I would, but he won’t, stop. I’d start
with the Golden Rule, maybe. Or to not bear false witness.
I’d remind him that the death that struck the Byzantines
came first from fleas, not Muslim armies.
Or maybe this so-called Christian would speak less,
knowing Martin Luther in his preaching
warned Wittenbergers against public meetings
during the days of Black Death.
You’re Sheeple, he interrupts, his history
flat-screen empty. You’re cows.
How can you talk to someone for whom there is no time but now?
No victims but us? It may be a novel virus,
but it’s not novel. The Spanish flu didn’t need Obama to do
what it did back then. Each time, it seems, we try witches, name
evil eyes, put the homes of Gypsies and Jews to flame,
afraid of one virus only to be infected by the other;
the real conspiracy, the tragic legacy of those who claim
we’re only safe when someone else is to blame.
May 3, 2020