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.
Sit still. Together.