A Poem on Masks

????????????Dear fellow Ithacans:

My way of writing a protest is often in the form of a poem. I believe strongly that the use of masks must be enforced on The Commons.

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????????????????????????????????In the Heart of My Own City

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????????????????????????a magician tells me Don’t wear a mask:

????????????????????only sick people do it and they breathe back

????????????????????the virus that’s killing all fools. Jagged

????????????????????I pull out my traveling deck, touch

????????????????????The Hanged Man with checkers and wings.

Sun so strong it colors the wind makes

my voice answer again: My face calls

????????????????????all children to know we connect

????????????????????in fear and sorrow, love believing

????????????????????lips’ protection is what

we all need to find tomorrow.

-Katharyn Howd Machan, Tompkins County’s first poet laureate

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