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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Ron Riekki

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Working with COVID

I signed papers saying that I know I could die
of COVID. And that I am OK with this. Except
written in lawyer language where the words
smell like gruel. And I reread the contract tonight,
after another twelve-hour shift, twelve of those
in a row, a gross of shifts, of hours, where I tape my mask
to my face so my glasses don't fog. But my glasses
still fog. And the paperwork says that I'll get $224
every two weeks, if I die. Except not me. My wife
or kids. Except I don't have a wife or kids. So no
one gets the money. So I better not die.