We have to wear masks now to go to stores.
My mom sent us 7 in different sizes
out of fabric I recognize from her curtains and dresses.
We wear them to the Bullfrog Bagel truck
in the bike shop parking lot.
The bagels are so creamy and chewy,
“hand-rolled and boiled the old-fashioned way.”
Luke sneezes just as we get to the window,
his mask lowered to his chin.
The guy in the truck looks stricken.
People used to think
sneezing was like expelling your soul.
Hanging in the air,
a “bless you” was needed
to save the devil from snatching it.
Now sneezing is like expelling the devil.
And it’s the not the sneezer who needs the blessing,
but the witness
to save him from the devil hanging in the air.