Sequestered with You

by Bob McNeil

It matters less

now that dark curtains

veil our view.

In isolation

days, elliptical as haiku

end quickly,

yet our nights

scroll out to an epic length.

The season dons dour hues

that contrast

with the carnival-celebratory shades

dancing to our upbeat bond. 

Long before the seasonal coldness,

the world became frigid from fear. 

Under the covers,

our oasis,

we kiss

and disregard every part

of the outside.    

Bob McNeil, writer, editor, cartoonist, and spoken word artist, is the author of Verses of Realness. Hal Sirowitz, a Queens Poet Laureate, called the book “A fantastic trip through the mind of a poet who doesn’t flinch at the truth.” Among Bob’s recent accomplishments, he found working on Lyrics of Mature Hearts to be a humbling experience because of the anthology’s talented contributors. Copies of that collection are available here. Arabella Luna Friedland is a visual artist and writer based in New York City. She’s influenced by a childhood with cartoons, a classical education in anatomy and life drawing, and a firm belief that all art — is a portrait.

7 thoughts on “Sequestered with You

  1. Bob McNeil’s poem ‘Sequestered with You’ explores the contrasts between ‘haiku days’ and nights ‘scrolled’ to ‘epic’ length due to the changes wrought on society by the pandemic and shows the sustaining power of love to aid survival through difficult times.


  2. Wonderful poem! It does seem like we cower at anything that we dont understand and just stay under the blankets so we don’t have to deal with the real world and the problems of today!


  3. No matter what lurks about our trying, troubled, and tyrannical world, Bob McNeil’s poem(s) are offered to us like a safety blanket. Thanks again for sharing another of your brilliant pieces, sir!


  4. During this time of COVID-19, this piece shines a deep light on the emotional depths of humanity, especially during crisis.

    It reminds us that even through the madness & the chaos, that love, comfort, and the need for human connection is still relevant & blessedly for some…it still exists. A great piece Mr. McNeil!

    “Namastè & One Love”☀️❤💛💚☀️


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