The A1 Verse: Freedom from COVID

By Thomas Gaulkin | November 23, 2020

"Freedom from Want" by Norman Rockwell remixed by Thomas Gaulkin / Scientific Animations

Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred today, November 23, 2020.

We suspect it’ll occur again.

Risks, Rituals, And a Divided Thanksgiving

(From the original by Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio and Hannah Wise)

Ginger Floerchinger-Franks
invites people for Thanks-
giving dinner.
The pandemic has forced her
to shuttle the platters.
They gather on Zoom
to savor each food:
an adventure!
Across the country,
Americans down turkey,
and stuffing,
and make their opinions

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