(Covid-19) Summer by Juanita J. Martin

Beaches are quiet
Except the occasional 
Tide coming in
As the sun burns its way
through the atmosphere
No sizzle from the grill
Everyone’s inside—
Dreaming of vacations 
they never had
as pools of sweat bead
guzzling water
clinging to the AC 
or the nearest fan
plugged into their devices
the world’s chatter
the latest movie, music, game
as we gather around 
work and food in hand, 
measuring the distance of love,
giving virtual hugs
without the Hallmark moment
Trying to make sense of it all,
Hoping for a swift end to (Covid-19).
Juanita J. Martin
Juanita J. Martin

Juanita J. Martin is Fairfield’s First Poet Laureate, 2010-2012. She was a longtime member of Redwood Writers, 2007-2017, and is a current member of Napa Valley Writers, Benicia Writers Salon, Ina Coolbrith Circle, and Benicia First Tuesday Poets. Juanita is listed in Poets & Writers Magazine, Directory of Poets. Her poetry book The Lighthouse Beckons was accepted in Solano County Library. Her poetry appears in Blue Collar Review, SoMa Literary Review, Rattlesnake Review, and others. She contributed non-fiction to Sonoma Discoveries Magazine. Juanita reads all over the Bay Area, and has been a featured reader at Beat Poetry Festival, Petaluma Poetry Walk, Berkeley Poetry Festival, and 100 Thousand Poets for Change. When she is not writing or volunteering, Juanita reads on Vallejo Ozcat radio’s ARTbeat or with Benicia First Tuesday Poets.      www.jmartinpoetwriter.com