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