Poems of the Week

Telltale Sounds

by Bruce Bennett

“… Even bathroom odors and FLATULENCE
are a means of transmission.”**
—an email ad by Dr. Gil Mobley, “physician
and microbiologist”

You thought it was bad, but it’s worse than you thought.
It turns out that COVID- 19 can be caught
if you’re too close to someone and just get a whiff.
So, be on your guard, and FOR GOD’S SAKE, DON’T SNIFF!

Stay out of all bathrooms. Avoid every crowd.
There’s always the chance that the sound won’t be loud.
The virus will get you, and then you will croak,
and Silent But Deadly will not be a joke!

**Editors’ note: We’ve found no scientific literature that supports this claim.