I mentioned in my previous post that during lockdown our writing group held weekly Zoom meetings and worked on writing exercises that we shared. For our 100 words exercise I wrote two pieces. Here is the second, not a story and not poetry, but I think it tells a tale.
Isolation: separate, solitude, seclusion, aloneness or loneliness
Community: of one or two, or perhaps three or four depending on your home situation
Bubble: a new meaning for home and family
Communication: a smile and wave from across the street, a socially-distanced conversation with neighbours
Friendship: conducted via a screen
Essential: not the things I might have previously considered
Essential workers: without a doubt the doctors and nurses, and now joined by those stacking shelves and working at the checkout
Normal: the time before
After: I wonder often about after
The things I miss: a hug from my daughters.