because doctors in china
donated supplies to people in italy
and wrote a quote from a roman poem
on the boxes:
"siamo onde dello stesso mare" --
"we are waves from the same sea"
because opera singers in italy
leaned from their windows
and sang, beautiful like the birds,
and people around italy
paused their daily activity
to join in:
"nessun dorma" --
"let nobody sleep"
tutto andrà bene
because in new york city,
heads poked from windows
to watch two young lovers
marry on the streets,
their officiant five stories up
"el amor en los tiempos del cólera" --
"love in the time of cholera"
todo estará bien
because we are waves from the same sea
because we will not let each other sleep
because love persists in the time of quarantine
everything will be okay.
sorry for reposting this instead of just republishing a new version. i can't figure out how to upload a previously-published work to a new challenge.