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'Covabulary' Quirky little poem by Natasha Sanders-Kay

Updated: Mar 16, 2022


Twenty-four hours without

Now More Than Ever

In These Times

In It Together

Everything Will Be Okay

Try new names





Spread new similes

Wearing your mask under your nose is like wearing your dick out of your underwear

Avoid those tired war metaphors

and don’t

get sic[k]

*rat-licker: A person who refuses to wear a mask, or take any of the basic precautions to help society prevent an air-born illness [sic] during an epidemic. In reference to the bubonic plague being spread by rats.

I went to the mall for some new underwear, but had to leave. Too many Rat-lickers.

by For the greater good August 15, 2020, Urban Dictionary

All Rights. Natasha Sanders-Kay.

Natasha Sanders-Kay writes from unceded Coast Salish territories in Burnaby, BC, Canada. Her work has appeared in Poetry Is Dead, subTerrain, PRISM international, Spacing and untethered, and in emerge 17. Her chapbook poem “Postmodern Mutt” is part of a travelling migration project from Vancouver-based artist Lois Klassen: see Natasha is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU and a reviewer and editorial collective member with subTerrain magazine. Over the years she has worked, organized and volunteered with numerous arts and social justice initiatives.

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