Day 13 of my #StayHomeRhymeMo challenge to write one poem about COVID-19 and its impacts every day. At some point I’ve got to run out of ideas! Check back tomorrow for a companion poem to this one.
Seven Things I Have Run Out Of
a COVID-19 poem by Lauren Hallstrom
Patience. I have been inside for five weeks now
and there are still people going to the grocery store every day for fun.
Hand sanitizer. It’s not like I need it anyway
when I am never farther than 20 feet away from a sink
but what I have is expired and I no longer trust it.
Makeup wipes. With no one to see me
I shouldn’t care but this is the only time I have time to care.
Motivation. It is so easy to stare at bright pixels
on a screen for hours. My pillow is so soft,
my bed so close.
There is no more interest in the news
for me; every article is the same.
Last month, every day was scouring the web for answers.
Things to do. I have organized my email inbox
and cleaned my hairbrushes. I have sought out every pastime.
I have let the days blur together.
I have run out of
reasons to complain. We are here, and we are safe, and
I am grateful.