My best friend recently sent me this amazing poem (see the tweet, below). She knows I still mask and that I sometimes feel discouraged because I'm often the only one or one of just a few still doing so. This poem made me feel better. I was curious about what "plague poems" were and looked it up—turns out a group of folks have been writing and posting poetry almost every day since March 2020, to document the COVID-19 pandemic. Their WordPress describes the project:
The Plague Poems are an attempt to document the COVID-19 pandemic. The first Plague Poems were posted on Twitter by the account @PlaguePoems on March 15, 2020. Since then, new poems have been posted to that account at a rate of roughly four per day, Monday through Friday. These poems are also posted to the Instagram account @plague_poems, and as of October 28, 2022 to the Mastodon account @plaguepoems.mastodon.social. The poems are collected and republished by week here. This list is updated weekly.