Photography © Chad Parenteau


Covid morning

“There was no moral wave”
who walks my feet? who tells them where to go?
who told my breath to breathe?
there are escape cuts everywhere
the drain slurps the bath water
the heater dial buzzes down
I don’t always listen to my ears


In past lives Marlena Maduro Baraf has been a designer, editor, writer, and now–when feeling confident–poet. Her poetry credits include On the Seawall Poets Reading the News. She is the author of the Memoir, At the Narrow Waist of the World.

Chad Parenteau is Associate Editor of Oddball Magazine.