Art Installation in the Time of COVID-19



Wind, sunshine, water,

clouds, fruit, rocks




my son asks if I have an idea

of what happens when we die


I tell him I don’t know but yes

I’ve ideas, words, approximations


of concepts outsized by my

grasp—eternal, ephemeral,


what is essential work

in these days when luck


unluck has gone viral

and we cannot hold


hands to pluck hope, ripe

fruit needs to be washed


with sunshine, love, will

to create, postponing


questions past our certainty—

who are the gardeners,


what is the garden, I

ask him, what is essential


for creation, for life

growing, blooming, seeding,


he smiles. The wind uplifts

and we are cirrus high


where we marvel at how

much we see and don’t know,


hear and cannot understand,

hope and do not know how to






rocksplash of rapids,

your unswerving heart


—May 17, 2020


Author: Krista Hoeppner Leahy

Krista Hoeppner Leahy is a poet, writer, and actor. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Farrago’s Wainscot, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Raritan, Shimmer, Tin House, Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy and elsewhere. With deep thanks to Vermont Studio Center and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, for the time and space to write. Born in Colorado, Krista currently resides in Brooklyn with her family.

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