Pandemic Poem #25


(Reading tip: if you are reading this on your phone screen, turning the screen sideways will result in a correct placement of each line; otherwise, they are broken up in unusual and not especially poetic fashion.)


Social Distance

No visiting.
No soliciting.
Stay six feet apart.

But we are not alone,
For all that–

I’m here, writing this
You’re there, reading it

And every day brings
Some new, small interaction
Perhaps unexpected, but
Always welcome: a laugh,
A tear, a nod: yes that’s 
Just like me; a headshake:
No, I don’t agree; we like, heart,
Thumbs-up, share posts,
All proof that even at a distance,
Together only through technology,

And even if we’ve never met
Or heard of one another before,

We are still here, still human,
Ever reaching out to connect.


(Originally written 4/14/2020)


I invite those who are also writing creatively in response to the pandemic to share their words in the comments below. I am sharing the “poem-a-day” on Instagram and Twitter, as well; follow me @mridleyelmes !


About Melissa Ridley Elmes

Professor and writer; Unrepentant nerd; chaotic good. Author of Arthurian Things: A Collection of Poems. PhD, MFA. She/hers. Views my own.
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