‘A(nother) Triptych of Poems in the Manner of Tom Jenks’ “Spruce” During the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Clay Thistleton

The Trump Administration is Coronalusional

an index case of Miley Cyrus
with a wrecking ball fomite as a seeding event
by a serological survey of the Zoom mullet

and the proning of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
the Trump administration is coronalusional
by a genomic sequencing of ugg boot foot

with the flatline of contagion chivalry
at a death panel in the locktail hour
the tears of a planet drawn into dark stars

“The Morrison Government is Pre-palliative”

in memory of ‘Gus’ Ridley (1954-2020)

the essential business of the jigsaw puzzlers
in the footballers’ hub with emotional distancing
the WAGs pivot roadmaps toward quarantinis

by the immunity passports of the Ruby Princess
the Morrison government is pre-palliative
by the co-morbidities of the COVIDSafe app

in the chains of transmission at the QAnon protests
the anti-vaxxers in resplendent tin hats
have stray foils flutter skyward like prayers

“The Trump Administration is Immuno-Suppressed”

couple-spreading by the cleanliness theatre
in a wished for snap back of the shamdemic maskless
#coronaclickbait with a full viral load

by the elbumps of the disaster altruists
the Trump administration is immuno-suppressed
by the isobaking of the quaranqueens

the videofurbishing of the productivity ninjas
and the curtain twitching of the ronadobbers
the tears of the weeping are collected in clouds

Clay Thistleton is the author of Noisesome Ghosts. Along with his son Dylan, he lives in New South Wales, Australia with a fluctuating number of feral cats.

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Laura Grevel
3 years ago

I love the play with words and language and the fantastical images in these. Thank you for writing!

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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