Comfort in solitude

A country known for free speech
talking more than listening
working more than resting
silenced by the inevitable.

I see the isolation
of shuttered stores,
the eerie, vacant streets.
Desolate hospitals
turn away loved ones.
Dropping the sick off
at the door like daycare.

I read the struggles
of lost jobs and hope.
Despair and loneliness.
Afraid of the unknown
while coping with the new.
Figuring out math problems
while on a conference call.

I miss warm embraces.
The thud of munchkins
on my lap.
I yearn for long kisses
and high fives.

When will it be safe
to see my smile?
When will six inches
replace six feet?

There’s no denying
the long-term effects.
And yet, I’m thriving.
I, too, fear what
happens when we
open the doors.
But I still find comfort
in solitude.


Image created by Vanessa Santos. Submitted for United Nations Global Call Out To Creatives – help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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