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C is for the countless folks infected

My whole world lies waiting

O for overwhelming miles to go

V for vaccine so we’re all protected

I for idiots who still say, “No”

D for deaths–the numbers just exploded

As virus raged for all the world to see

Put them all together, they spell COVID

What lies ahead behind Year Number Three?

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Characterizations: funny, moving, right on!, well written

Comments

  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Great, unsettling Flash, Khati. Says it all, succinctly.

  2. Marian says:

    Perfectly rendered, Khati. Humorous but dark, just like the times we live in.

  3. Bravo Khati,, gallows humor indeed!

  4. John Shutkin says:

    Brilliant RetfoFlash, Khati. As is the whole “Door Number 3” concept. And perfectly illustrated as well.

    Negative and cynical to be sure, but absolutely appropriately so. It’s not as though this was three years of Mardi Gras we’ve just endured. And keep enduring.

    • Khati Hendry says:

      You always get my references, and I appreciate that. I find that things I assume people would be familiar with are gradually disappearing and I’m not catching the wave of new references. Waah! In the meantime, thanks for the kind words.

  5. Laurie Levy says:

    Spot on, Khati. Love the poetic format. You capture where we are so well.

  6. Dave Ventre says:

    I love it. Mordant cynics of the world, unite!

  7. Suzy says:

    Great flash, Khati, I was singing the song as I read it. I am always a sucker for topical lyrics to old tunes, and you are very good at composing them. And yes, like John, I got the Year Number 3/Door Number 3 reference. In fact, the first time through, I read it as “What lies ahead behind Door Number Three?”

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