Thicker than Blood

God bless the child
sold by siblings
for 20 pieces of gold.
Not shocking
they sold their mother for less.


Ego Over Life, To Mask or Not
Life During the Time of Covid

I began to walk in fear
until I forgot what the fear was:
Temporary reprieve of the here for now,
shifting the now for what was and could be.

Longing to see faces instead of masks
but grateful to masked strangers
who are transformed from just people
into heroes, those willing to make the world
safer for people they don’t even know.

An act of courage and grace
to keep passing strangers safe.
Who knew wearing a mask would become
the uniform for people willing
to create a safe haven,

as opposed to assuming the role
of some egotistical being
who values self over all.

Quiet as it’s kept,
now is the time
to acknowledge humanity,
not just a select few.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.