How much should I freak out

How much should I panic and where should I freak out
should I go online on Twitter or Facebook, post photos of shelves cleared out
from the bread line
stores emptied                         streets filled
people celebrating but
we’re told to stay home
while people like my brother
whose immune system is as fragile

as the lie of competence

professed by governments like mine
say they’re doing what they can
have no choice but to toil

while their bosses post videos to Tik Tok
like it’s a snow day
choosing to stay home

as they silently stock up and

to leave the blue-collar workers

wiping them away with the TP
they stacked hidden in their closets

washing their hands with sanitizer they stocked
for occasions just like this

Author: Will Schick

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