Beyond Goodyear Blimps (Or Lockdown Café Genesis)
Café chairs empty, solitary bartenders
reflect on days when every body
in the tavern put hands together for
freestyling poets, stand-up comics,
& tone-deaf karaoke singers.
Spring 2020: A broad litany of diverse voices—
electric echoes across the internet—began
to emerge: from moderated facetime venues
to zoom recitations of original verse
windows opened for written expression.
Coast to coast virtual mics provided
Unlimited prompts & fodder for verse
good & bad, images stark & vague,
connotating mild & belligerent attitudes,
playing to a dependable audience at a distance.