Working Misanthrope Versus Pandemic
They stole my singularity.
Back to being among, not of.
I played. I lost. I want to leave.
No ball back. Home already here.
#meetoos #neveryous both
rejoice, tap on my glass bubble.
No more I-love-you-don't-touch-mes.
Hell is other people calling you back.
Chad Parenteau is the author of Patron Emeritus, released in 2013 by FootHills Publishing. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tell-Tale Inklings, Queen Mob's Tea House, What Rough Beast, The Skinny Poetry Journal, Ibbetson Street, Molecule and Résonance. He serves as Associate Editor of the online journal Oddball Magazine. He has hosted the long-running Stone Soup Poetry series in Boston since 2004. His second full-length collection, The Collapsed Bookshelf, is forthcoming.