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Some Ground Rules for the Pandemic [a poem]

By Ralph Dranow | Featured Contributor

Love makes hate laugh,
Says, “Don’t take yourself so seriously.”
Love kisses fear on the lips,
Says, “I’ll take care of you.”

Don’t take yourself so seriously.
We all bleed the same vermillion.
I’ll take care of you
Because you are me.

We all bless the same vermillion.
Love gives away her lunch,
Because you are me
And I am you.

Love gives away her lunch,
Enjoys watching you sate your hunger,
And I am you
And you are the moon and the stars.


Ralph Dranow
Ralph Dranow

I work as a self-employed editor, ghostwriter, and writing coach. My poems and articles have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers. My most recent book, At Work on the Garments of Refuge, is meant to honor my late friend Daniel Marlin. It contains his powerful poems and artwork and my own poems. Some of his poems are about his serious health issues. I live in Oakland, California with my wife, writer, artist, and musician Naomi Rose; stepson Gabriel; and cat Lucinda, embodiment of love.

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