was a concentrated heatwave.
Every exhale filled the nooks and crannies
of the pre-BPA free plastic and
applied layer after layer
The slits at the nose and mouth,
embarrassed by their uselessness.
slipped over my street clothes
like a doctor heading into surgery.
and tied at the back,
proudly displayed the name across
in case the mask wasn’t enough.
had to know,
there could be no doubt
that I was, indeed,