On March 22, 2020, I awoke at 5:00 a.m. and wrote in a new spiral notebook with an OptiFlow pen. It was Sunday. I had spent the previous week turning my home into a homeschool, where I taught my two first graders and a friend’s third grader. Everything I did as a writer was pressed to the sides.
North Carolina wasn’t on a mandatory Stay at Home order but my family already lived under the guidelines. I was exhausted and overwhelmed but I decided to squeeze time out of nothing and start writing a daily poem. As a mother of twins, I’ve squeezed time before. As a writer, I needed to hold a piece of my creativity while I became consumed by the dramatic shift in daily life.
On March 27, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued a statewide Stay at Home order through April 29. I decided to continue writing and posting daily through the executive order. Although he extended the order until May 8, I chose to stop my daily poem on April 30. The initial Stay at Home had expired and it was the last day of National Poetry Month. A nice neat ending, and time to move onto something new.
Gallery of Coronavirus Daily
Writing and immediately sharing was new for me–I needed something new! I didn’t want to write just for me; I needed (to use a friend’s metaphor about writing) to throw a thread into the shared chaos. We were in this together. Whether we realize it or not, we are always in it together. The pandemic simply shed light to that fact.
Whenever or whatever brought you to these poems, I hope you are well. If your spirit is low, I hope I can uplift you in some way. I’ll keep my candle lit.
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