Outside My Window Right Now

by Lynn Sweeting 

I wanted to say
The night didn’t know
About the pandemic,
But this wasn’t true.
The night knew,
It just didn’t care.
Singers kept singing,
Hibiscuses kept budding,
Crabgrass kept creeping
Across the rocky yard,
In the canopy somewhere
Ring necks kept keeping
Their eggs warm and safe,
And the moon that was
Full last night was returning
To darkness just as she
Always did after fullness,
Without any hesitation
Or thought for how we’d
Survive the virus or
Get through another
Ten day lockdown with
Only a dozen eggs and
Two ramen noodles and
Half a loaf of bread.
I wanted to say
The pink bougainvillea
Curtaining my window
In riotous flowers lighted
By a single bulb
Knew nothing at all
About how Covid 19
Changed our lives
For ever and ever
But this wasn’t true.
As did the dark night,
The bougainvillea knew
As well as I, as you,
It just didn’t care 
Enough to stop doing
The thing flowers do
Called blooming.

Lynn Sweeting is a Bahamian poet whose work has been published in numerous journals including The Caribbean Writer,  Small Axe, A Caribbean Journal for Criticism, Moko, Caribbean Arts and Letters, Interviewing The Caribbean, and Thicker Than Water (2018 Peekash Press, London.) Her prizes include a Pushcart nomination, and the 2014 Small Axe Literary Competition Second Prize for Poetry. Her poetry was long listed for the 2015 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize for Poetry, and her work was a finalist for the 2017 National Rita Dove Prize. Sabiyha Prince is an anthropologist, artist, and author based in Washington, DC.  Her books and essays explore urban change and African American culture, and her paintings and photo collages grapple with memory, identity, kinship and inequality.