tatters, by emilie bilman

Through the tatters of our greed
the virus clung to our lungs, congested

our breath. Through our animal longings
through bats, rabbits, and pangolins

sold in hermetic blood-markets for food
and drugs, the virus clogged our vital

exchange with the world. Like the first
humans, we are barren, our frayed

clothes quarantined with disrespect.


Dr. Emily Bilman is a widely published poet who teaches poetry in her Stanza group in Geneva. Her three poetry books, A Woman By A Well (2015), Resilience (2015), and The Threshold of Broken Waters (2018) were published by Troubador, UK and Modern Ekphrasis by Peter Lang in 2013.  Her thesis is entitled The Psychodynamics of Poetry. She blogs on http://www.emiliebilman.wix.com/emily-bilman

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