Like a fire through dry grass

at the fresh start of the year,
the end of winter, unprepared, we watched
from a great distance and feeling safe
we continued our lives while others burned.
Our Nero fiddles while our Rome burns.

pairie fire

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo described the awesome threat of the novel coronavirus: “This is like a fire through dry grass with a strong wind behind it. New York is just the test case for this. We’re the canary in the coal mine.”