PANDEMIC TEARS

a poem by Nancy Ellen Crossland, USA

Tears fall.
Seems with hesitation;
Streaming like a waterfall viewed
Once upon a favorite vacation
Gathering in an uncontrollable sob
Gripping one's chest.
Emotion.
Startles us
A sudden burst
A vehicle with faulty brakes.

Though feelings of isolation envelop us,
We are not alone.
Coupled with fear
Our routines such as they were-
Suspended.
Choices snatched away by a crafty pickpocket
Invisible.
We adapt somehow.

Thoughts of a marionette
Strings controlled by a faceless puppeteer
Arms, legs haphazardly maneuvered,
We adapt.
Wait.
Hope.
Pray.

What would our ancestors have done?
Be stoic,
Follow the guidelines
We wait.

We see a radiant sun
A cerulean blue sky
The flitting butterflies
Birds in flight
Unaware of any upset in our world

There is hope.

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