Half the world is under
a stay at home order.
A city known for its parades
is now keeping a safe distance [within its border].
The zoo is empty, the animals don’t seem to mind
as this pandemic drags on.
And for the lucky ones among us, the quest for small joys [to find].
What happens [next] after the quarantine has ended?
Our post-pandemic selves emerge, [changed, liberated, well-intended].

(Extracted headlines and snippets from The New York Times and The Guardian Newspapers, April 3rd, 2020)

Michelle Lopate

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Our Post-Pandemic Selves – Michelle Lopate – USA