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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Border Wall and Makeshift Tents Tanka

One Hundred Thirty-Seventh  Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

the border wall
under the El Paso sky
row upon row
of makeshift gray tents
outside the medical center

FYI: El Paso, known for its large military presence anchored by Fort Bliss and Mexico–United States barrier also known as the border wall whose length is 1954 miles (3145 km), "has turned to jail inmates to staff mobile morgues, and local officials say hospitals are nearing a point where they could have to ration care," The Texas Tribune, Nov. 18

Added: One Hundred Thirty-Eighth  Entry

lockdown announced
as new cases surge --
on the lawyer's desk
a pile of divorce files