dexamethasone

I got COVID and went to school
learned so much
didn’t read any books but now I know
 
white knuckle
cortisol dump
 
I circle the hospital and then the house
feeling great
nothing like a steroid ride
 
rose garden
family plot
 
I stop and stand to be admired
pull up my spine 
while my body shrinks inside my suit



florida

there is no
               living here

can’t afford
               wasting my time
at 89

               say a prayer
go to the polls