It deeply saddens and angers me to read that the COVID-19 death toll has risen to 200,000 in the United States. We’ve gotten to an unimaginable place in this country and also worldwide. Grappling with these numbers is difficult.
I don’t have much to say around this, except that I must continue with 100,000 Folds. To honor, to mourn, to attempt to understand, to deal. Most of all, I do this work to remember the people who’ve suffered.
Now is November;
In night uneasy
Nothing I say.
I make no prayer.
Save us from water
That washes us away.Merwin, W.S. A Mask for Janus. Yale University Press, New Haven, 1952.