[Poem] Love in the Time of COVID- 19 -by Karlo Sevilla
If ever there is a quickie for a kiss, this is it
(far from French), between my wife and me
on our fifteenth wedding anniversary
that we celebrate tonight at home with our
three children whose classes are suspended
and will attend school again, at the earliest,
in a month (hopefully). For our special occasion—
while watching on TV news the imposition
of the lockdown, and reading online news
on my smartphone about the death of a patient
at Philippine Heart Center (which is less than a kilometer
from where we live and where my wife always passes by
on her way to work) – we dine on one small chocolate cake,
fried chicken, and beef pasta (which noodles are too thick
for spaghetti yet too thin for lasagna). Our dear children,
we haven’t kissed since when. But I couldn’t resist pinching
the cheek of our youngest, our six-year-old daughter
Maleeha (after sanitizing my hands with alcohol
which is neither beer nor wine). I pinch and pray.
I pinch, and pray.
(Published in Philippines Graphic, March 30 – April 6, 2020 issue.)
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