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Pandemic ABCs

by Allison Rice about a year ago in social commentary · updated 12 months ago
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Explaining 2020/2021 in the style of a children's book.

Pandemic ABCs
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A is for ALONE

(So much time for thinking!)

And A is for ALCOHOL

For cleaning and for drinking!

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B is for BOOZE

Which was mentioned before,

And B is for BLEACH

We have NEVER used more!

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C is for “COVID CUT

Such Horrible Hair!

It’s also for CANCELED

Sorry, not going there!

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D is for DELIVERIES

(Made with no contact!)

And D is for DISEASE

We hope not to contract.

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E is for EMPLOYEES

whose work is ESSENTIAL

The jobs they perform

Are not inconsequential.

By Mufid Majnun on Unsplash

F is for FRIENDS, FLU, FAMILY, and FLASK

F’s also for FACE which now needs a MASK!

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G is GRANDPARENTS we sadly can’t see

And G gets our GROCERIES by delivery!

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H is for HANDS which we must wash a lot

And H is for HOME it’s the safest spot.

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I is for INSIDE! Isolated we stay!

And I is for INTERNET for work, school, and play!

J is for JAMMIES – our “casual look”

And J is for JOURNALING – we might write a book!

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K is for KIDS who have nowhere to go,

And KITCHENS, and KNOWLEDGE, and

KINDNESS we show

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L is for LOCKDOWN

It’s the life that we lead

It’s also for LETHARGY, and our new

Slower speed

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M is for MASK

A most vital part!

And MANDATES, and MUSIC and

MAKING of art!

N is for NURSES who keep us alive

Let’s give them good PPE - N-95!

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O!

OUTSIDE and ONLINE is where most meetups are

Until this is OVER, we’re not going far!

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P is for POD filled with PEOPLE you trust

And P’s for PANDEMIC (because we need must.)

Q is for QUACKERY – much misinformation!

And Q is for QUARANTINE – stay home, no vacation!

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R is for REMOTE - it’s how we must be

In order to RETURN to REALITY.

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S is for SANITIZE – scrub several times each day!

And S is SOCIAL DISTANCE – stay at least six feet away!

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T is for TP – our biggest obsession!

And TESTING and TIKTOK and TELEHEALTH sessions.

U’s for ULTRAVIOLET light used to clean spaces,

And also for UNPRECIDENTED unemployment cases.

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V is for VACCINE – to keep us virus-free,

And V’s for activities done VIRTUALLY!

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W is for WORRY and WEARING a mask,

And WORKING from home – a daunting new task!

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X for XENOPHOBIA

When we blame other nations

For illness, restrictions & canceled vacations.

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Y is for YELL which we all want to do

It’s been a long YEAR and it’s not even through.

Z’s for ZOOM meetings when lives are uprooted,

But could you repeat that?

Looks like you’re still muted.

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Allison Rice

Finalist 2022 V+ Fiction Awards, Allison Rice is a work in progress! Author of 5 previous Top Story honors including “Immigrants Among Us” "Pandemic ABCs" and a piece about Inclusion, Alli is an avid reader, and always has a story to tell!

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