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COVID Spring: Underlying

These people, he says in the paper

They give him a place to say:

Most of these people have underlying causes.

These people

Are the underlying causes of

Acres of code and planted trees

Orthopedic nursing

Educational advocacy

Mathematical proofs

Child care, eldercare, everyone care

Grocery bagging, plumbing

Teaching fairy tales

Stories, paintings, sculpture, songs

Road work, landscape photography

Perfectly roasted chickens

Laughter, laughter, more laughter

Conversations about Doctor Who

And Godzilla and snapdragons

And what games we played at our Gran’s

And how the street cars used to be

Before you were born,

Before everything changed

As it is always changing.

These people

Turn out to underlie everything.

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