"A Dozen Adaptations For The Socially Distanced"
Volume 43 ~ 2021
Smile, don't smile, chest out, gut in
turn your head left, right, up, down and all around
My mother barks every night as I pose for a photo recreation
As I pull my hair out wishing I could be anywhere else in the nation
Locked in my home
With my stove of gas
The Federal Government
Can kiss my...
Grass - grassy green pastures! Quarantine smelled like grassy green pastures.
And musky newborn calves living behind our house.
It looked like soft, warm cushions, getting lost in a book or indulging in TV on the couch
Stretching across a horse's back
Soaking up the rays of sun
Sitting around a campfire, taking in our stars above
While falling asleep to the locusts’ low hum
During quarantine, I exchanged my clothes for pajamas
and my productivity for “Grey’s Anatomy.”
I became an okay plant mom (RIP Oliver), drank coffee
as a form of therapy, and completed exactly one video
of the workout program, I said I’d do.
Last April, I purchased blue light glasses on Amazon.
Hoping they would solve my online school headaches
My calendar had no pages, months, or days
Instead I measured time in how much weight my new puppy gained
During quarantine I got obsessed with my phone
My sister stayed by my side so I wasn’t alone
I went online shopping most of my time
But overall, I was fine
There was a lot of time
The days were one continuous long line
Devoted to reading way too much fantasy and sci-fi
Watching movies that either made me want to yell or cry
That was my quarantine life
In mid-March I divorced my mascara and melatonin,
I binged Outer Banks as I ate pizza rolls
And then slept till noon.
I spent my Fridays in a car with the windows down and the AC on
Days spent in bed,
Not a worry in my head,
Enjoying my games,
Praying the world won’t go down in flames.
Social distancing had my face half covered,
Like a bandit concealing a secret identity.
And quarantine truly made me,
Weirder than scientists even thought possible.
"Days in summer quarantine
were hours of random videos on TikTok
and car trips as entertainment
I'll fall asleep to the sound of
people screaming on the internet,
knowing tomorrow will be the same"