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Halloween Masks

Halloween Masks

Are we ready for virtual treats
And for virtual tricks? The heart greets
(I would just like to say)
Such vague scares with dismay.
They’re another of this year’s defeats.

–Tom Riley

Guy in the Ferrous Face-Covering

The Guy in the Ferrous Face-Covering


(for Tim Stoll)


Old classic tales must now be set aside,
Replaced by tales with greater relevance.
Thus, in response to up-to-date events,
I hammer out a tale transmogrified.
An unknown figure regularly spied:
On moonlit nights, he walks the battlements.
The mystery goes ever more immense.
Why? It’s because he has a lot to hide!
His face is covered with an iron shield—
A mask whose tendency is to inspire us
With puzzlement and dread that can’t be healed
Until we know the truth. Yes, we’re desirous
Of facts about the guy with face concealed!
Big let-down, though: he’s hiding from a virus.


–Tom Riley


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Brief Dialogue in the Age of Virus Mitigation

A Brief Dialogue in the Age of Virus Mitigation

“Why aren’t you
wearing a mask?” Are you
certain I’m not?

–Tom Riley


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