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Look for the Silver Lining

By Nancy Levinson

PROMPT—During Covid-19 ...

even if it’s but a glint

a splash of rainbow

painted on a window

a DIY covid pinata

you can kill with a stick

Can I temper my mood

hosting a dance party for one

folding a newspaper hat

cooking Farro e Pepe

or Harissa Shakshuka with Chickpeas

Can I gleefully wave to neighbors

in a backyard wading pool

creating cruise-ship family time

or take comfort starting a hobby

turning trash into home treasures

Can I drink in the noon day’s sun

walking past breathing bodies

sheltered under recessed store fronts

doors locked with metal fists shops

dark as midnight ghost town left to die

Can I stretch a smile hum with fading faith

stumbling eyes fogged mouth seared

across this land and its humanity

scorched with hot lava Tell me

where breathes the promise the silver glint


Nancy Levinson is author of MOMENTS OF DAWN: A Poetic Memoir of Love & Family, Affliction & Affirmation, as well as work that has appeared in Poetica, Voice of Eve, Panoplyzine, The Copperfield Review, many anthologies, and elsewhere.


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