Six Feet Away

by Maple Tree   Apr 14, 2020

Haven't written in a while-

I bend in corners
like a scared child, crying.

looking westward as red dots
consume me, blank stares
within New York streets as
I cough in fear; butting another
cigarette in secrecy.

Blank eyes glaring, under masked
protection as strangers die; I watch the
toll rise.

My dear friend came to work
tears in her eyes; her nephew's
fever took his spirit and all I could
say was "Im sorry"

I wanted to hug her
but six feet away is
an empty gap between
life and death.


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  • 6 months ago

    by Rania Moallem

    I guess this isn't my night. All the poems I came through tonight were deeply touching. The must be my last to read. It's so overwhelming.. the emotions in this chocked me in a good way. This is a very hard time. Hugs

  • 6 months ago

    by Mark

    Very moving Maple :(...wishing all New Yorkers and New York a speedy recovery

  • 6 months ago

    by Brenda

    Andrea, I am so sorry...this entire thing has been devastating awful. For people such as yourself who are acutely aware of inner turmoil of people that are around you, this has got to be unbearable at times. Every day is a stark reminder of what our new normal is. Sending love and hugs to you- stay safe, be well-

  • 6 months ago

    by Tony Grannell

    Hello Andrea,
    It's like that old adage, so near but yet so far and how, so far, can be so cruel and heartbreaking. A genuine poem in its reality as you bear witness to the fear around you. Very well done, indeed.

    Stay safe.

    Kind regards, Tony.

  • 6 months ago

    by Star

    I got goose bumps!!!!!
    Sending lots of hugs for you <3

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