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By: Luce Cada
we thought that it would only be four weeks.
we hugged goodbye thinking that we would see each other again
without masks hiding our faces and relationships having faded
yet here we are, sitting in our homes in front of screens for endless hours
stuck but flying through a time of what could have been ours.
starting in spring while the flowers bloomed
full of hiking and baking and Netflix and Youtube
and then it extended to June.
summer brought fires and movements, a reminder of our past
the revolution of our fathers given at last
games played, calls made as our summer was lost
and a growing number reminded us of who we lost
vacation ended for those who were young and
a routine was made and our normal was bland
but wasn’t the old normal just as routine?
every little thing was painted with gold as if
we had nothing else to talk about, that was it
maybe we were blind from always being online
and maybe we forgot how to be together in real life
so we zoomed through life and aimed for the sky
in hopes that we’d be better than before in our eyes
and the new year arrived all too soon.
a country torn, new artists born as we began
to learn how to take a stand
but we had learned too many things to forget
how to become more independent
how we’d become dependent on the internet
how to never take things for granted
and slowly, the world began to revive.
they risked their lives for us to live
and used their skills to cure, only if
we knew how to do things right
if we remember to keep the light in sight
and remember that this whole time, we were writing history to date
and still are, with every step we take and memory we make
with our eyes on the prize and that still, we’ll rise
on the hill we climb, once again we see spring skies.