On the Same Day

Photo by Patrick Hendry on Unsplash

October 2, 2020

The President was taken
to the Presidential suite
at Walter Reed Hospital
on the same day
as I raided my house
for food.

(Thinking I have so much food, rummaging through the vegetable drawer in my fridge
finding organic, pre-washed baby carrots, slimy, from sitting, uneaten.)

to put outside
of the trailer
of the mom
whose hair is always
neatly tied back
in zoom calls
where her six-year-old son
sits on a wooden chair
at a table
with a bright red cloth.

The mom
who chose distance learning,
who wears a mask,
who works so hard
to understand
the assignments
given
in a language
she doesn’t speak.

Whose husband
went to work and
tested
positive
for the Corona Virus.

I set the bags of food
on the
swept, concrete
path
outside of her trailer

on the same day
as the President was taken
to the Presidential suite
at Walter Reed Hospital.

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