The Invisible Vampyre

By Matthew Hardwyck

Although you’ll never see me,
I’ll take your breath away.
Your temperature will rise
for this well-travelled émigré.

I’ll take you to your bed,
where your heart will beat aflutter
and you’ll be lost for words
but for a cough and ragged splutter.

I know you’ll never love me
and would sooner have me thwarted.
If I don’t kill you then you’ll purge me
like thousands I have courted.

But somehow you stand together,
when I make you stand apart.
And that is how you’ll beat me,
with your loved ones in your hearts.

‘Till in the not-so-distant future,
when I’m a lesser threat
and your life is back to normal
you’ll be relieved, but yet-

Every time you watch the news
and see a nurse’s kindness,
or feel the heat on a loved one’s brow,
or cough with tickly dryness,

You’ll remember you were trapped at home
as my terror was unfurled.
You’ll remember how you lived in fear
because I ruled the world.

Matthew Hardwyck is extremely chuffed to be publishing a poem; until recently he put most of his creative efforts into writing short science fiction and horror stories.

The Invisible Vampyre was written for a family competition – my cousin-in-law kept us all entertained by holding quizzes and competitions, and this was my submission for one of the early competitions. The remit was to write a poem related to lockdown or coronavirus.

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[…] Matt Hardwyck has surprised himself with having a poem published, again with the Poetry and Covid Project. Here is The Invisible Vampyre. […]

Poetry and Covid-19 ARCHIVE (This website archives the over 1000 poems submitted by over 600 poets, and viewed by over 100,000 from over 125 countries during the Covid-19 pandemic, June 2020-June 2021). Thank you to all who took part in the Poetry and Covid project.

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