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Sunday, August 01, 2021


by Clyde Always

Beware “the Delta”—COVID’s spawn
and, coming soon : “the Epsilon”
(Cyrillic once the Grecian’s gone).
  So, be you willing-to or not,
  you’ll get your monthly booster shot.
But, if the needle makes you flinch,
then drop your muzzle just an inch
and brace to feel the slightest pinch…
  Bi-weekly this procedure goes:
  we jam a Q-tip up your nose.
If still ill-motives you presume
we’ll lock you in a padded room
where daily lectures via ZOOM
  we hope may help you yet to learn
  your health’s our only real concern.

Clyde Always is an accomplished cartoonist, poet, painter, novelist and Vaudevillian entertainer. His writings and/or illustrations have been printed in the Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Light, Slackjaw, Scarfff Comics, etc. etc. You can see his storytelling act, live and in-person, any Friday evening, at the Scott Street Labyrinth in San Francisco, CA.