I can’t take this
stuck, covid 19
not a store open
to buy something
inessential
(which are the best things to buy)

I’ve gone to corona hell and I don’t even have the virus
which could be my next circle of covid hades

the gas station slot machine
keeps taking my money because it’s the only thing to do

it’s all
just the same old toilet
draining me
into the sewer
again

there must be some reason
I woke up this morning
or maybe there isn’t
and I missed my chance at heaven

Image CreditNick Bolton

Daniel J. Flore III’s poems have appeared in many publications. His three poetry books are Lapping Water, Humbled Wise Men Christmas Haikus, and Home and other places I’ve yet to see.