A Pandemic of Hope

As fast as the virus and then some, 
Love is spreading. In the hands of doctors 
and nurses, it spreads. Through the central nervous system
of the species like an electric shock. 
Love grows with invisible power.

Love is spreading. Everywhere, 
in more places than the virus could ever be, 
Love is taking over. We are on lock down and
Love is our warden. A national guard is needed
to keep it from getting too big. A pandemic of hope.

Love is spreading. For the sick and the healthy.
For the lost and the saved. For the living and the dead. 
For any being that has ever contributed to the project of Life.
There is Love and it is spreading. Infecting the cell with truth.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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