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A Poem by Roland Petrov
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a play on the current status of "nothing ventured, nothing gained"

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Into the pandemic darkness I ventured


A plan in place for days like this

Restaurant for take out delight

Watermelon salad on hot day

At register I got big fright


No wearing of a mask

Cough aimed at me

Why not a gun?

for all to see


Ventured

gained

pain

© 2020 Roland Petrov


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Love the eye catching format of this write Roland. Very creative. You have just described the worst nightmare at the moment. A cough coming your way when there are no masks or protective screens. I have to say, I now only shop once a week. Go masked and gloved, first thing in the morning before anyone else bothers. Supermarket rush, round there in twenty minutes for a weekly shop for four. Can't get out quick enough. Screen between me and cashier, pay contactless. What a difference a few months makes when I would dawdle down the aisles.

Chris

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Roland Petrov

3 Months Ago

Oh yes, what a difference! Hope we all see each other again on the other side.



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My dear friend Annette (another poet at the cafe) described what she goes thru preparing for the possibility of a hurricane evacuation in covid-times & I was exhausted by the time she finished telling me! Since I've been living in the wilderness where everyone is miles apart & protections never seen, I forget what it can be like "out there" these days. I love that your poem juxtaposes the idea of using humor to make your point & yet also making a pretty damn pointed point when you compare an unmasked cough to pointing a gun. I agree that I'm more afraid of a cough than a gun. This seemingly lighthearted piece packs a punch (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 3 Months Ago


I used to cough to cover my farts
Now I fart to cover my coughs
Hear this somewhere, thought it was quite appropriate
Perfect format!!

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Roland Petrov

4 Months Ago

How things have changed! You couldn't go into a bank with a mask on; now you can't go in without a m.. read more
Dave Brown

4 Months Ago

The Lone Ranger is finally socially acceptable
Roland Petrov

4 Months Ago

Wrong! He wears the mask over his eyes, not his nose and mouth.
Thanks for the humour dear Roland! On balance, if the grub is good, and I'm hungry, I'm tucking in! Mask or no mask :)

Posted 5 Months Ago


No wearing of mask and then they cough! Wow. That’s criminal now!
The world has changed in depressing ways. When a simple human reflex like a cough is akin to the firing of a gun. Loved this read in a delightful format.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Roland Petrov

3 Months Ago

Thanks, Pestonjee. Because of covid, I found a really good Indian restaurant doing take out. There c.. read more
AJNJ

3 Months Ago

You're welcome :) Life is all about little treats that can still be afforded in this pandemic! Bon.. read more
I cleared my throat in a supermarket queue and felt those hate filled eyes hating me without looking up.
Given the current lockdown tensions, I was probably lucky I wasn't lynched.
I like to see a little humour amongst the current gloom.
Now I'm just wondering if by writing about the new C word (covid) and whether it now makes you a horror writer 😀

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Roland Petrov

5 Months Ago

Don't clear your throat in public anymore, those days are gone. The only reason you weren't lynched .. read more
Love the eye catching format of this write Roland. Very creative. You have just described the worst nightmare at the moment. A cough coming your way when there are no masks or protective screens. I have to say, I now only shop once a week. Go masked and gloved, first thing in the morning before anyone else bothers. Supermarket rush, round there in twenty minutes for a weekly shop for four. Can't get out quick enough. Screen between me and cashier, pay contactless. What a difference a few months makes when I would dawdle down the aisles.

Chris

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Roland Petrov

3 Months Ago

Oh yes, what a difference! Hope we all see each other again on the other side.
I can appreciate the humour and sarcasm in this one.
:)

Posted 5 Months Ago


Roland Petrov

5 Months Ago

If this had actually happened, it wouldn't have been funny at all. Luckily, you're right.
Ana Papaya

5 Months Ago

It can happen though. I nearly got run over by someone the other day. They knocked me right out of.. read more
No wearing of a mask? Cough aimed at me? If you had shot the offender, you might have been able to plead self defense and be acquitted.

Posted 5 Months Ago


Roland Petrov

5 Months Ago

Luckily, it hasn't happened yet. You also seem to know that I'm white; otherwise, I'd probably have .. read more
This is a Nabla Del, a form of poetry invented by Richard. The example on his site is much better than my attempt, but at least I did attempt it.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

5 Months Ago

Ahhh, Roland!

Such an inspired, exemplary example of the Nabla Del you've created for.. read more
Roland Petrov

5 Months Ago

Thank you! Thank you! I was nervous about this one, so your praise is a relief. I'll see what, if an.. read more

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Roland Petrov
Roland Petrov

Desert Hot Springs, CA



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Every type of school I went to was in a different country on a different continent: primary school in England, junior high in Ethiopia, high school in Lebanon, and university in the United States. I'v.. more..

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