Tom Sexton: New Poem in the Time of the Virus

Tom Sexton is the author of Cummiskey Alley: New and Selected Lowell Poems, which is available at He is a former Poet Laureate of Alaska and a member of the Lowell High School Hall of Fame. 

Crossing a Frozen Lagoon on a Sunday Morning

by Tom Sexton


“800 new virus

cases, 680

yesterday, 20,

perhaps more,


Heavy winter fog.


A ghostly figure

in a yellow


skating circles

around an island


is all I can see.

He or

she (not they)


briefly like


a figure carved

from oak

on a carousel

from long ago.

I linger, call, “Hello.”