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Politicians data-driven?
Pressed for details they ignore us,
dates of easing seldom given,
days of lockdown stretch before us.

Better to ignore the chorus
of demands to ease restrictions:
Covid-19’s bounds are porous,
plague rides free of firm predictions.

But uncertainty brings frictions,
tempting some to break the rules,
claims that virus facts are fictions,
those who credit them but fools.

Data comes from sense-led asking;
until then let’s keep on masking.

* * * * *

A Spencerian sonnet written in trochaic tetrameters: the rhyme scheme is abab bcbc cdcd ee

Coronaverse: an alphabet of terms related to Covid-19. Tomorrow brings us the letter E.


2 thoughts on “Data-driven

  1. Isobel Necessary

    This one in particular I really like! I think it’s a really good use of the structure, without anything feeling too forced (although I don’t know how it was from the poet’s perspective – perhaps a challenge). Chorus/porous is a great rhyme. The thematic content is well-structured too, with a logical progression through the points. Very nice. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Calmgrove Post author

      No, being the poet whereof you speak it was only a challenge I set myself! But thank you for approving its hoped-for unforcedness and rhymes. 🙂



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