2022 Contributing Writers Pandemic Poetry

Coronavirus By 2022

Written By Lauri Cherian

990,000 deaths
In the USA
They all mattered
Someone’s best friend, lover, parent, sibling, child
Lost to this world
Passed to another
A goodbye whispered through radio waves
Traveling at the speed of light
Electromagnetic waves from a painful distance
To a heart that is breaking
Wanting to say so much
When it comes down to so little
“I love you…”


Lauri Cherian has been an educator of English as a Second Language for 25 years. She enjoys acting in community theater and writing short stories and poetry. Her poem, Courage (2021), dedicated to health care workers during the pandemic, won honorable mention at the Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest.

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    Ann Farley
    May 17, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    That’s it, exactly. I will never forget standing outside a care facility at a window yelling love to my dear elderly friend with COVID. It comes down to so little. And yet it’s so big.

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