My status is settled, or
 seems that way, what
 a state we are in, to need 
 a declaration for living 
 in  this state of mind-
 - the-gap Britain, mind
 you, is that great?
 I have leave 
 to remain to declare
 indefinitely I have to reassure
 to this country that I am 
 a legal alien, endlessly, non-
 stop the struggle continues
 to settle amid separation
 is this settled status?
 the new status quo
 quo vadis, quo virus?
 quid pro quo
 how much can share when
 our papers determine us
 with our lives
 to declare over and 
 over again, while only
 pieces of us remain.

Ursula Troche

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