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Poetry: Not Normal Normal


We speak of a new normal 

When normal is not what is coming. 

A slow release of public appearance 

Timidly, haltingly, carefully.

We wait for life to resume 

Thinking that it’s on pause – 

Instead, we should hit the reset button. 

Readjust our lives 

So we’re ready for the sharp corner 

Into the life we never expected. 

A greener life, a local life, 

A life where – 

Instead of giving up on each other 

We cherish the small moments

 and work together. 

Talk through our problems. 

Cry together.

Smile together. 

Laugh together. 

Sit still. Together.