O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

American Life In Poetry


October 1, 2020

There will be many, many poems written about these days of great fear the world is enduring, just as there were after 9/11, and I like to think this one by Richard Levine, who lives in Brooklyn, will have long legs, one generation leading the next as they walk together into an uncertain future. His most recent book is Richard Levine: Selected Poems, (Future Cycle Press, 2019).

Sheltered in Place

You watch your boy struggle with giving

up the turtle, returning it to the pond

where he'd found it on a walk-

first time you'd all been out in days.

How thoughtful he thought he'd been,


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