contagion

we didn’t think it
was contagious,
at least not in its
milder stages,
so we ignored the
rash on your head,
never thinking
it would spread
now impetigo
on my face
and every other
delicate place
keeps me in the
windowsill
watching you play
on the hill

© 1977 kStan(ly Lanning

contagion

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