Swirling in an Amorphous Ether by Linda Varsell Smith

Time, for me, has felt completely unspooled. It’s been like history doesn’t exist and I’m just like, swirling in an amorphous ether. – Ben Gillespie


home in Covid

pandemic isolates

me from others, outside and time.


I see

the world on screens

through windows, in our car.

Inside I search past and future.


I know

the date and time

from computer, TV.

I do not have a watch or cell.



stressed for us all,

I unspool lines that break.

For this uncertain speck of time, I’m


Linda Varsell Smith is a poet, teacher and novelist who lives with her husband Court in Corvallis. She retired from LBCC after teaching creative writing, children’s literature, and literary publication, which produced The Eloquent Umbrella: A Journal for the Arts. She was an editor for Calyx Books for over 30 years. She is president of PEN Women Portland and past-president of the Oregon Poetry Association. She belongs to several writers and Scrabble groups?