Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Policy of Containment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
has confirmed

the first case of Ebola
diagnosed in a man
who flew from Liberia to Texas.

Keeping calm and carrying on
when thousands have died
an ocean away

is not a callous reaction
but a necessary one

as a country rich in technology
and invisible luxuries like immediacy

looks across it
to see what it can learn.

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.