Photography © Beatrice Georgalidis


Gravity Ungrateful

Yes, I am dressed in mourning
Dark clothes for a dark time
Yet I yearn to escape
Pandemic imprisonment
With the germ of an idea
That will allow me to soar
Above my confinement
In an airborne threat
Against complacency and boredom
As I reach up to a blue heaven
That promises social distancing
On a cosmic scale,
But that old bitch gravity
Bears down on me,
Slapping me down
Like a petulant child
Crying out
For what she cannot have,
Slammed back
To a blanketed earth
Of red white and blue.


Mark Blickley is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center. His latest book is Dream Streams, a text-based art collaboration with Amy Bassin.

Beatrice Georgalidis is the executive director of New York’s Bright Hill Press, a literary art center and gallery. She has worked for more than twenty years in film and television as a writer, producer and videographer for many companies including Sundance Channel, MTV, VH1.