Now Omicron is added

& now Omicron is added
to our global vocabulary
in these passing-on days

of further ways to kill off
blow-ins & to daub heart
shapes down Whitehall’s

endless wall – Face masks
spring far too weighty for
selfish saps [& seen faces

cruelly grin] – our view –
from our seats on-board
a cough-rattled omnibus

[kept to time to keep our
businesses safe – to keep
rich men in their places] –

we watch three boomers
play in facing train seats –
bare laughter contagious