On screening for COVID-19

Shelley Stocken
1 min readMar 5, 2020


Are you unwell? Have you travelled?

Were your homeward plans unravelled?

Were you on an ocean liner

Or in any part of China

Or a cult in South Korea?

Any bouts of diarrhea?

Is your breathing less than pleasing?

For example, are you wheezing?

Are you febrile, tired and coughing?

Is a vomit in the offing?

Did you shake hands with a victim?

Were you able to restrict ém?

Were you afterwards quite urgent

About washing with detergent?

Do you think you’ll be ‘round later?

Let me grab my respirator.



Shelley Stocken

Slipping a poem or two between the cracks. First Place 2018 Central Coast Poetry Writing Competition. Shortlisted for the 2019 ACU Prize for Poetry.