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Honors Blog | Bridging the Social Distance | Joenon Sulzen

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Social Distancing


My brain feels like it is out of order,
My thoughts trapped in a glass jar;
Barely lit fireflies drowning at the bottom
Plead for air.
Parts of my brain have grown foggy,
Shaded in numbness.
I weave together happy memories,
Like a grandmother knits a quilt,
In hopes of making someone smile.
It takes an extra push from you,
A corny joke and that smile,
And the numbness is gone.
Like a plant regrows after winter,
My smile reforms.
The fog fades and the jar is reopened;
My fireflies are reborn;
My lips release a foreign sound.
I laugh.
For a moment,
My out of order sign is gone,
And I am okay.


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