We Stayed at Home


Like everyone else

we stayed at home

except for food

and the alcohol


Some let their kids

play in the woods

where they believed the trees

did the heavy work

of breathing the poison


There was no

size or shape

to the threat

just the knowledge

that the air

might kill someone


someone close

was what we really worried about

the countless other souls were sad news


We began to fantasize

that when it

finally came

we would see it


at least a shadow


some forewarning


that would be fair


there would be a

comfort in knowing

that you’d hear a growl

before you were eaten