Plague Year Poems

A Poem a Day for the Duration

by Michael H. Payne

March 2020
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April 2020
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March 22: 1. Going Gentle April 1: 11. My Darn Brain April 11: 21. My Favorite Day of the Year April 21: 31. Do Fence Me In
March 23: 2. Blather, Wince, Repeat April 2: 12. The Eternal Now April 12: 22. Our Modern Age April 22: 32. Inhabitual
March 24: 3. Waiting for the Call April 3: 13. Clarion Comfort April 13: 23. Correction April 23: 33. Gone Viral
March 25: 4. Social Distancing in Paradise April 4: 14. Getting to Know My Laptop April 14: 24. A Trifle Hubristic April 24: 34. A Lot of Weather We're Having Lately
March 26: 5. Crass Commercialism April 5: 15. This Modern Age April 15: 25. Tantalus April 25: 35. By the Beautiful Sea
March 27: 6. How Life Goes On April 6: 16. Providing a Vital Service Apparently April 16: 26. Confession April 26: 36. Three Dozen
March 28: 7. My Plans for Saturday April 7: 17. All Very Hush Hush April 17: 27. An Unreliable Narrator April 27: 37. My Pre-existing Condition
March 29: 8. Quite Contrary April 8: 18. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow April 18: 28. Dessert With Three 'S's April 28: 38. 'Twas Ever Thus
March 30: 9. What I've Been Thinking All Along April 9: 19. A Glow-in-the-Dark Bumbershoot? April 19: 29. The Siren Song of Honesty April 29: 39. Full of Sound and Fury
March 31: 10. Taking My Zicam... April 10: 20. Breaking My Fast April 20: 30. Some Sort of "Versary" April 30: 40. Me Complaining Again

May 2020
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June 2020
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May 1: 41. Hello, Dali May 17: 57. Fifty-Seven Varieties June 1: 72. Original Sin June 16: 87. Must! Keep! Dancing!
May 2: 42. Another Saturday at Home May 18: 58. Utilizing the First Person Plural June 2: 73. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Hams June 17: 88.And It Comes Out Here
May 3: 43. Invitation to the Dance May 19: 59. Invitation June 3: 74. Prejudiced June 18: 89. Priorities
May 4: 44. Learning Curve May 20: 60. Three Hundred Poems from Now June 4: 75. The Butterfly Effect June 19: 90. Seriously, Though
May 5: 45. Crunchy May 21: 61. Adventure Awaits June 5: 76. The Sound of Chainsaws June 20: 91. The Endless Summer
May 6: 46. The Red Shoes May 22: 62. Oh, Me of Little Faith June 6: 77. A Brief Action Scene June 21: 92. Squirrel!
May 7: 47. Buckets of Fried Cheese May 23: 63. One of My Hobbies June 7: 78. One Puppet Master's Lament June 22: 93. Another Squirrel
May 8: 48. Prosody or Prose? May 24: 64. Such Pretty Colors June 8: 79. A Learning Experience June 23: 94. The Third Squirrel
May 9: 49. Seven Come Eleven May 25: 65. Both Spirit and Flesh are Weak June 9: 80. Festering Carbuncles June 24: 95. Close Encounters of the Squirrel Kind
May 10: 50. My Biggest Fan May 26: 66. Disposition June 10: 81. Mono a Mono June 25: 96. Drowsy
May 11: 51. Another Little Dialogue May 27: 67. The Bony Pony Polka June 11: 82. The Big Question June 26: 97. A Cleanup in All Departments
May 12: 52. Prepare for a Hatch Battening May 28: 68. The Sound of One Fist Fighting June 12: 83. Ballade of Things to Come June 27: 98. Steady State
May 13: 53. The Collapse of Civilization May 29: 69. Don't Write What You Don't Know June 13: 84. Thirteen Weeks Later June 28: 99. My Darn Brain Again
May 14: 54. Come 'n' Get It May 30: 70. Barometric Pressure June 14: 85. Exhortation June 29: 100. Big Round Number
May 15: 55. Reaching the Old Speed Limit May 31: 71. 1971 June 15: 86. Eighty-Six Me June 30: 101. Just Getting Warmed Up
May 16: 56. Mark Your Calendars

July 2020
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August 2020
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July 1: 102. And Two Steps Back July 17: 118. Walk it Off August 1: 133. Fifteen Thousand Words August 16: 148. My National Anthem
July 2: 103. Pseudo-Nostalgia July 18: 119. The Once and Future Jerk August 2: 134. Home Again, Home Again August 17: 149. Badgering
July 3: 104. What Woke Me This Morning July 19: 120. Asymptomatic August 3: 135. Birds Without Hats August 18: 150. Being Badgered
July 4: 105: The Pathetic Fallacy July 20: 121: One Two One August 4: 136. When Air Becomes Sky August 19: 151. Badger-Go-Round
July 5: 106: This Holiday Weekend July 21: 122. A Month After the Solstice August 5: 137. What I Don't Mean August 20: 152. A Brief Disclaimer
July 6: 107. On the List to be Off the List July 22: 123. Four August 6: 138. What I Do Mean August 21: 153. The Badger and the Beautiful
July 7: 108: Green Eggs and Ants July 23: 124: The New Normal at the Library August 7: 139. Nearly Killed While Baking Again August 22: 154: Badger of Office
July 8: 109: And the Dying is Easy July 24: 125: A Nine-Dollar Hot Dog August 8: 140: Google "Prime 53 Poem" August 23: 155. The Good, the Badger, and the Ugly
July 9: 110. It's Comedy That's Hard July 25: 126. Occupation August 9: 141: I Build My Man of Straw August 24: 156. Badgermination
July 10: 111. Ballade of Inner Conflict July 26: 127. Aiming for a Mild Atypia August 10: 142. Zeitgeist August 25: 157. Badger Day at Black Rock
July 11: 112. Upon Smooshing an Ant
Walking Across the Kitchen Table
During Breakfast
July 27: 128: Summery Judgment August 11: 143. Year of the Rat August 26: 158. Badger of Honor
July 12: 113. No Laughing Matter July 28: 129. The Six-Month-iversary of My Drug Addiction August 12: 144. Gross August 27: 159. Coming to a Badger End
July 13: 114. Dart July 29: 130. The March of Time August 13: 145. Are These the Dog Days? August 28: 160. Stinking Badgers
July 14: 115. My Right to a Speedy Trial July 30: 131: Penultimatum August 14: 146. The Summer Concert Series August 29: 161. Not Badger, Not Badger at All
July 15: 116. Our Wild Kingdom July 31: 132: Flipping the Page August 15: 147. Our Friend, the Insect August 30: 162. Taking Stock
July 16: 117. Under Mid-July Skies     August 31: 163. Rounding Corners

September 2020
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September 1: 164. Upward, Downward, All About September 16: 179. From "Qi" to Shining "Qi"
September 2: 165. My Narrow-Mindedness September 17: 180. Great Caesar's Ghost!
September 3: 166. The Mice Capades September 18: 181. Horrible Timing
September 4: 167. 7 - 6 = 1 September 19: 182. Eye Rhyme
September 5: 168. Twenty Thousand September 20: 183: Giant Insects of Literature
September 6: 169. Heatwave Memories September 21: 184. Interstitial
September 7: 170. And the Subsequent Wildfires September 22: 185. Hex
September 8: 171. Again? September 23: 186. Getting Away From it All
September 9: 172. A Common Dilemma September 24: 187. Yet Another New Leaf
September 10: 173. Arguing With Myself September 25: 188. From Behind a Plexiglass Wall
September 11: 174. Abstracting September 26: 189. Permafrost
September 12: 175. Breaking the Pattern September 27: 190. Putting the "Tum" in "Autumn"
September 13: 176. Chocolate Pumpkin Pie September 28: 191. October on Thursday? Really?
September 14: 177. Dandelion Fluff
September 15: 178. Evidentiary