Masks Off

Just over a year ago, we were thinking things would never be the same again. So much can change in a year. So many lives lost, so many lives brought into this world. Are we really back to normal? Can we live everyday like 3.5 million people haven’t lost their lives to this virus?

Today is the day we can go back to “normal” in Massachusetts. No more masks are necessary if you have been fully vaccinated (but who is out there checking vaccination cards?) I just hope we all still remember everything we have learned. Here is a list of things we should continue to do:

1. Wash our damn hands, because that’s a common thing we should do, right?

2. Stay home if we feel sick, even if we think it’s just a cold.

3. Be aware of other people’s boundaries. Before 6 feet social distancing was a thing, I swear someone behind me in line at the grocery store could count all the freckles on the back of my neck. Respect a stranger’s space.

4. Hugging is my favorite thing to do. Hug more friends and family, And hug often.

5. Get vaccinated. Or not. But you should.

6. Smile. It’s been hidden for so long, someone will appreciate your smile.

a Spring time note

Stepping outside, I can smell the air changing. Winter is a distant memory. I can see the daffodils and crocus peeking through the soil. They are just waiting to fully bloom, to fully reach their potential. They thrive in this subtle warm weather. There’s a reason why they reach towards the sun. Light it hope. Light is growth. We have only just begun. We have only just begun this transition to a new beginning. Things seem to be looking brighter in the near future for us all. Let’s hope and grow together.

A Trio of Poetic Light

There was a girl who thought 
of a life she once had-
the darkest of moons,
a vertical coast drifting
along a scattered memory.
Where does she belong?
Does she stay or go?
The light that answered
her turned into a guessing game.
Playing on a whim to only
move three ahead and be
knocked back down to zero.
Starting from the beginning
is the only way to be on top.
We must become
warriors of the
sanctioned stars
that seek fire
of the unknown-
A light warning
enemies to free
the innocent.
We can only fight
with the knowledge
that is here
and relish the
time we have.
We will conquer
what cannot be
conquered and we
will love until
our souls run
through the
silent battlefield.
There’s a storm in her eyes
that no one can see but her-
Lightning that strikes
brighter each time
she blinks.