…and we woke up here
virus quicker than vax
jabs before proof more is solved than sowed
models and stars and tiring tropes
faith and force still abundant
invisible and massive
the system, our conditioning, the virus
Salimah Valiani is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, Cradles (Daraja Press, 2017). She is grateful for the shifting and shaking that POETRY POTION brings to her life.