What Do I Miss?

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What do I miss in a world such as this?
The sound of children on the playground at school,
The noisy traffic on the highway,
The sense of normalcy in the stores,
The opportunity to worship in our nearby church,
The chance to see my friend in the hospital,
Go to a friend's funeral, or attend a nephew's wedding.
There is a quiet chaos we are unaccustomed to.
We are semi-prisoners in our own home.
Phil and I want to get outside, so we walk sometimes.
Will we survive?
Numbers are up all around the globe.
Are our "numbers up" too?
Where are we on life's continuum?
We have more time at home than ever,
Why, then, do we complain?
It is the uncertainty.
It is the wearing a special mask and plastic gloves,
as a patient, going to have a mammogram.
It's a Library Closed sign, and lots of dos and don'ts.
How many more activities crossed off the calendar?
How many days until we can stand closer than six feet?
One day it will be over; Covid-19 will leave us alone.
How many of us will be left when IT loses a death grip?
The sun will shine. The world will go on...
Will we miss it?

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