“An Open Letter to COVID-19” a poem by Nancy Dillingham
As you might know by now that our featured artist for the summer is Nancy Dillingham. Nancy is both a poet and writer and her work will be featured all summer as part of our Year 2020: A Public Art Project.
“An Open Letter to COVID-19” was part of her first set of 2020 poems and as we near the 200,000 death toll, we share it with you.
“An Open Letter to COVID-19”
who do you think you are
invading our borders
coming like a thief in the night
upending our lives
sending chills up and down our spines?
Catlike and indiscriminate in your “kills”
you charmed us, harmed us
took our young and old
sullied our livelihood
left us defeated, depleted
Forewarning: we survived the Great Depression
polio, the Cold War, Vietnam, AIDs and Ebola
so don’t look away and don’t rest easy
our eyes are upon you
One day our spirits will rise
and we will annihilate you