Today is Poetry Friday and our host for the Roundup this week is author Irene Latham from the website Live Your Poem! I have been making a lot of fabric masks and donating them to members of my community. This has been a fun and worthwhile activity for me, even in the unpleasant circumstances of the pandemic. Today, I share a poem I wrote about the masks.
Masks for This and That
When you think of masks,
You don’t think of this particular dance.
Instead of masquerade balls,
Halloween decorated halls,
and perhaps that
New Guinean tribe, you’ve not had a
chance on yet to call, these masks serve
a more serious purpose than those all.
No one would have imagined
the masks of this persuasion.
Not made to entertain or disguise,
The masks of today are not even worn to surprise.
They come in all colors,
all shapes, and size, with YouTube tutorials
For those who need a guide.
I wear a mask, and
many others do, too.
Have you found a mask that
is right for you?
Around here, at least, I have come to note
the odd relationship between masking and not.
As more are infected, less wear a mask!
Why is that?
I wonder so earnestly and ask.
It makes no sense.
For without this practice, we’ll all land in
Mask fabric is fun, the prints lively too.
Surely, surely, you can find one for you.
My mission to make them is honest and true.
Pick up a mask, most are free.
Wear it for me,
Or, wear it for you.
If the germs get slowed down,
we’ll all be grateful you do.
© Carol Labuzzetta, 2020.