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Katrin Talbot


we’re all walking

No lockdown yet,..
gyms are closed,
swimmers drowning on dry land,
everyone planking

The circling buzzards are
interested in the sudden increase
in population beneath

And we’re getting it down,
the Sidewalk Arc—
oncoming tight smile and wave,
sidestep to measure
six feet between

We’re following the rules
suggested by thousands of experts

And now I say to all,
as an expert in matters of the heart,
send not worry in the passing,
just         light—
arrows, vectors, flattening curves of it,
imaginary orbs

but no matter what,
to your neighbours,
a certain kind of


© by Katrin Talbot.
Used with the author's permission.



Photo credit: Isabel Karp


Australian-born Katrin Talbot is a violist, photographer, and poet. Her award-winning work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies and she is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Falling Asleep at the Circus, and The Devil Orders a  Latte, forthcoming from Fernwood Press. Katrin leaves in the Madison, Wisconsin area, with quite a few chickens. Learn more about her at




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Lori Levy:
Captures the "Sidewalk Arc" perfectly.
Posted 04/01/2020 12:37 AM
Just beautiful!!!
Posted 03/31/2020 01:02 PM
I did not realize I was drowning on dry land until your poem reminded me.
Posted 03/31/2020 10:02 AM
Larry Schug:
Many, many heartfelt thank for this Katrin and Jayne. You are both giving a wonderful and necessary gift to us all. Though my experience is different, living out in the country, this poem resonates. Good luck to all of us.
Posted 03/31/2020 08:11 AM
michael escoubas:
Well said Katrin! Let's all be sources of light. Luckily, the daffodils and jonquils are surging with light along the sidewalk arc, just when we need it!
Posted 03/31/2020 08:05 AM

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