Dear Coronavirus: guest post by Leonard Tuchyner

The following is a guest post, written by a writing friend and fellow Behind Our Eyes organization for writers with disabilities To learn more about Leonard Tuchyner you can read his bio below his post.

Dear Corona Virus

Dear Mr. Virus,

It took me a long time to find your address. At first I thought it might be China. Mr. Trump has often stated that you were Chinese. But then I realized you were making your rounds and could end up any place on Earth. Then I recognized that I was trying to locate a collective, not just one entity, so I’m addressing this to Mr. Corona, and sending this letter to wherever you are spending most of your time. That happens to be New York right now.

Well anyway, I’m writing to let you know that I understand why you are doing what you are doing. You are getting rid of all the excess population. I understand that. It’s not a purpose that I disagree with. But there is one problem with it. Some of those excess people happen to be old. Did I mention to you that I was old? I know that you are getting rid of many of those people who are sick and already ready to go. Again, I happen to be in that category as well. I have heart related problems; I can’t see well, my hearing is not that good, anyway. So I know I would be easy pickings.

So I’m writing to see if you could make an exception in my case. After all, I do still have a good brain and enough money to be self sufficient.

And if you can grant me that dispensation, I wonder if you could grant just one more favor. Most of my friends are elderly. You see, we need them to give the Senior Center a reason for existing. We just built a new Center. It would be a shame to let it go to waste. I don’t think any of them would go willingly.

Oh yes, my kids aren’t that young anymore. One family wouldn’t make that much difference. Surely you could extend your good favor on them.

In short, I guess I’m saying, please spare the people I love. If you don’t, you’re nothing but a bag of plague. And I wish you would choke.

Mr. Leonard Tuchyner

Leonard Tuchyner is a retired counselor, living in Central Virginia with his wife of forty years and two dogs. He maintains an active involvement in the writing community, which includes participation in Behind Our Eyes, a national writers group of blind writers. He is also a member of the Blue Ridge Writers Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. Although challenged by legal blindness, he continues to pursue Tai Chi and related forms of martial arts. Gardening is another passion that has captivated him for most of his seventy-nine years life. One of his most fulfilling endeavors is the facilitation of the Senior Center’s Writing for Healing and Growth writing group.
He has been in the winners’ circle of the Blue Ridge Writer Club’s yearly writing contest several times. His winning entries have included poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He has also been a regular contributor to The Blue Ridge Anthology. Mr. Tuchyner has published essays, poetry, and short stories in Dialogue Magazine (for which he was a columnist), Magnets and Ladders, Nomad’s Choir, Westward Quarterly, and Skyline. A poetry book, Journey to Elsewhere, was published in 2014.

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Meet the author: Blaque Diamond

It is my pleasure to introduce my guest author Blaque Diamond. She has kindly asked me to share the following poem with you. Her bio and website follow the powem. Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below, or contact her via her website.
Without further ado, Please make welcome, Blaque Diamond!

Forever Angel
By: Blaque Diamond

You are no longer here with me
But in my heart you will always be
My love for you will never change
Even though my memories are all that remain

The times we spent together
Will last in my thoughts forever
I miss you each and every day
But I know you are in a better place

Your memory will never die
Even as the months and years go by
It hurts sometimes when I think of you
Because I think of all the things we used to do

It brings tears to my eyes
And I have to question why
Did you have to leave so soon
When so many people were loving you

I know it’s god’s plan
But sometimes I just don’t understand
Why my heart aches so much
And I yearn for your gentle touch

You are now resting in peace
Your pain on earth has ceased
Gone but not forgotten you are
Because you will always live in my heart

Even though I wish you could’ve stayed
I would not have wanted your suffering delayed
So go now and embark on your new journey
As you enter the gates, oh so pearly

I trust that we will meet again
So we can continue where we left off when
God called home his oh so faithful
Heaven just welcomed a forever angel

Contemporary African-American fiction author and poet Blaque Diamond is a reader first, then an author. Her love of reading blossomed into her love of writing. Encouraged by her fifth-grade teacher at the age of eleven to explore and enhance her skills, Blaque diamond immersed herself in creative writing classes. She began with poetry, which then veered to other genres of writing. She has written off and on for many years, but she is now pursuing writing as a career, and not just as a hobby. Her many works includes publications in anthologies, online magazines, and her own book publications. Aside from reading and writing, Blaque Diamond enjoys shopping, listening to music, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.

To find out more about Blaque Diamond and her published works, visit her website at:


There you can see all of her published works, see up-coming events, enter into contests, check out her blog, and so much more.