Corona Q&A

Through the magical process
of viral zoonosis
a pathogen
can jump from animal to human
in the belly of a vector
some kind of primitive blood collector
that’ll carry the virus but won’t get sick
like a horseshoe bat or a blacklegged tick

 the virus itself is teeny tiny
globoid and spiny
really – just about as small as you like
120nanometers spike to spike
with a strand of coded RNA
safely coiled away
in a protein envelope
that’ll get posted down the slope
of your upper respiratory tract
especially given the lack
of basic PPE
–  something we see
in the UK today


Please address any further questions
to Michael Covid or Virus Johnson


pandemickey mouse

mickey mouse comes over all big heady
foam handed, numb-eared, unsteady
donald duck shakes his feathery butt & gets ready

flaps around for a crap plastic gown
and an itty-bitty mask that keeps falling down
yelling and gelling and generally running around

IMG_2033minnie mouse is more minimal
a thoroughly practical cartoon animal
sighs as she puts aside the infection control manual

meanwhile, up on the tv, there’s pluto!
guffawing, exploring stats on the computo
(quite how he got THAT job I DON’T know)

fit test

the TV flickers
look at this picture
a doctor in a ducking stool
poised above the viral pool
masked & aproned
by a grateful nation
sorry for the technical glitch
sometimes medicine’s a bitch
but she’s no snitch
she’s a wise woman not a witch
she’s braver than that
and anyway, PPE doesn’t stretch to a hat
there’s no such thing as bad weather
just bad clothes
as well she knows
and as this thing goes
so does she
they film the whole ducking ceremony
and don’t worry
she’s more loved than ever
they’re all like: come live with me and be my love
and don’t forget to double glove

in a galaxy far, far away
cluster one clips cluster two
the system gets busted
everything and everyone flung out & dusted
spiralling off on a whole new adventure
in this cold and glittering universal architecture