Pandemic Child

For Emily and Henry

Pushed from a dark
Warm watery place
Into a pandemonium
Of terrors.
It’s always this way.

A tumbling fall,
A stopped breath,
A hidden, broken vein,
A stilled heart.
A new germ.

Each day
A spin of the wheel,
Each night
A kiss of hope.
Now comes the pandemic child.

Roger Stoll is a Latin America/Caribbean solidarity activist with the Task Force on the Americas, a three-decades-old anti-imperialist human rights organization. He has published articles, book reviews and political poetry in Dissident Voice, Resumen Latinoamericano, MintPress News, Counterpunch, Popular Resistance, San Francisco Examiner, ZNet, Jewschool, and New Verse News. Read other articles by Roger.