Poems of the Week

Mask Anxiety

by Bruce McGuffin

“In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, Massachusetts on Saturday lifted its
remaining COVID-19 restrictions and rescinded its mask mandate in favor of looser guidance.”
The Boston Globe

I’ve had all my shots (though I haven’t been wormed)
And I’d take off this mask if my boss just confirmed
What the governor said—that our masks can all go.
But my boss isn’t sure, so we’re taking it slow.
And I think I know why—I’m not going to ask—
Why my boss still insists that we all wear a mask.
He won’t give the word—and he knows that he should—
But the fact is my boss doesn’t look very good.