MayPoWriMo 28

Lifting restrictions kept normal in check 
now normal is suddenly coming back
with a vengeance witness democracy
dying without supermajority
will we ever know what the lab unleashed
or behave like citizens of the world
better crowd already crowded spaces
so that species waiting seventeen years
remain submerged under concrete we paved
to get from point a to point b faster
or build bigger houses on smaller plots
of land and stories wasting our treasure
on keeping up with neighbors never met
normal: a masked face we cannot forget

By Joshua Keiter

reader, writer, actor, singer, teacher