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


there is no
               living here

can’t afford
               wasting my time
at 89

               say a prayer
go to the polls