The A1 Verse: The loneliness of the socially distanced runner

By Thomas Gaulkin | March 1, 2021

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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 March 1, 2021.

We suspect it’ll occur again.

First for Shots: Doctors, Nurses … Olympians?

(from the original by Andrew Keh)

In the ongoing calculus
of global consensus,
a synchronized discussion
happening around the world.

In it, a question:
Cathartic mass?
Or global superspreader?

In any year,
this year,
the games,
the emergency,
the question
vexing countries.

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