Alice, immoveable, immune to my terror.
A nurse who has suffered every strain
of this illness, gaining natural inoculation
together with the empathy of experience.
A mutual gift. I am insusceptible to your fears.
I will not catch them and throw them back at you harder,
nor toss them to one side in insensitive dismissal.
Alice, we are resistant to hysteria.
We may share safely without contagion.
We’ll take turns at being the calm one,
ride a seesaw of panic and serenity,
secure in the certainty that there is always
one of us on the ground.
Adele Fraser has been writing for many years, but only recently began sending her work out for publication. Her poems have been published by The Stare’s Nest, Nutshells and Nuggets and Vada Magazine.