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Ode to Personal Pandemic Anniversary

A horrible invasion swamped us, declared an epidemic on March 12;

Insidious, invisible spiked microbes floating by on air as tiny droplets,

Inflaming air sacs in the lungs with fluid, isolating our tears,

Fracturing hugs, turned into elbow taps behind face condoms;

Families’ new joys and memories quarantined, visits locked down,

Stagnant businesses drowned; schools closed, learning cancelled;

Front line workers default, health professionals persist with exhaustion;

Abysmal words sting and linger … ventilators, incubation, intubation,

Last gasping breaths, grasping hands, obliterated by solitary video deaths;

Now injected vaccines to combat and compromise the ever-variant microbes,

Lifting the despairing darkness with some hopeful fluidity of herd immunity;

But frozen shadows remain in all that we have lost and potential departed,

Still swarming with anxieties and fears of the future in collective grief;

We can’t resist, just accept nervous normalcy that only ALL human cooperation will persevere.

Annemarie Berukoff

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“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie

Retired teacher — wisdom of Timely Tools for Changes: self-franchise internet marketing, social media attacks, ecology

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