Poems of the Week

The Pandemic’s Progress

by Jerome Betts

“Disneyland has closed parks in
California, Florida and Paris.”
—The Guardian

Yes, Pluto’s not all there, poor mutt,
His wits, like Goofy’s, on the roam.
Old Bambi’s useless come the rut
While Snow White’s in a nursing home.

The mouse can hardly raise a squeak
And Donald D. is far from spry,
His apoplectic pride and pique
Long lost to Anno Domini.

The call is now “Self-isolate!
C-virus most endangers those
Surviving past their sell-by date”
So even Disney’s world must close.