What is a list poem? This poetry style is a collection of people, places, things, ideas, or even words strung together somewhere within a poem to form a list. It is not necessary for the list to rhythm, but the words used should be memorable. I find the freedom when creating a list poem fascinating. The wordplay can be wild and free similar to Indiana weather in the early spring. Therefore, in March, I plan to write a series of list poems. I will title this one A COVID-19 Funeral.
A COVID-19 Funeral
Make sure you call before you go
Dress in black from head to toe
Wash your hands hygiene you can’t ignore
Then grab a mask from the hook by the door
Make a sign to hang on your breast
Even in grief six feet is always the best
Pick up a sad sister who didn’t want to go alone
Locate your handkerchief for when you cry and moan.
Climb out of the car and try to stay away
Those who want to hug like it was still yesterday
Stand in line to offer comfort to the family
Death in any form is an unexpected tragedy.
Decide if you want to stay for the service.
Feel guilt if you leave because you’ve done a disservice.
Remember at a burial there is so much resistance
To maintaining an adequate social distance
Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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