Two Sonnets

Craig Santos Perez

 

Plastic Sonnet During the Pandemic

 

Before the pandemic, we avoid plastic,

but now we buy bottles of sanitizer,

bleach, and water. “Plastic is hygienic.

When we leave the house, we wear

plastic gloves and N95 masks.

“Plastic keeps us safe from contagion.”

Patients in the overcrowded hospital

breathe with plastic ventilators

and tubes. “Plastic is the perfect creation

because it never gets sick.” The price of oil

and virgin polymers collapse.

Every reusable plastic is a disease vector.”

Does plastic finally feel essential?

Is our single-use body disposable?

 

 

Flower Sonnet During the Pandemic

 

Our daughter holds my hand

as we walk besides the stream.

If a forest remains intact,

viruses will live in harmony

with all other species.

Down the path, a family

moves away from us.

What is the distance between

a safe world I imagined for her,

and this? She picks up

a plumeria and says, “flower.”

The peak has yet to come.

The next pandemic is already

beginning to bloom.

 

 

Craig Santos Perez is an indigenous Chamoru poet from the Pacific Island of Guam. He is the author of five poetry books and the co-editor of five anthologies. He teaches at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa.

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