Waiting in line

For the dverse prompt.

 

The masked faces keep their distance but all I

want is the bread for the week and then I will

 

fly back to the leaky nest where birdsong filters

beneath the doors and mice pitter-patter

 

in the cupboards and dog and cats will come

out curious even pleased to greet me home.

 

So much might change but it won’t the masked

faces will change to bland indifferent ones

 

the moon will swell give birth to the stars

and shrink and tomorrow the hoopoes

 

will boom their spring beat as if the

world’s rhythm had not changed.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

24 thoughts on “Waiting in line”

  1. Human indifference, apathy and stupidity abounds, and I fear that most of us will repress the life lessons we could/should have learned, and yes, will slide back into our wicked ways.

  2. Let us hope and pray we don’t put down the lessons learned and return to our self-absorbed lives.

  3. It’s a month since I last waited in line and I’m glad I have a husband who does that for me. The masked faces will be a symbol of this pandemic, and they are preferable to indifferent ones. I love the ‘leaky nest where birdsong filters / beneath the doors and mice pitter-patter / in the cupboards’ and being greeted by a dog and cats – my idea of a perfect homecoming, Jane.

  4. I love this suggestion that the “real” world rhythm may be something other than what we perceive: “the moon will swell give birth to the stars
    and shrink and tomorrow the hoopoes
    will boom their spring beat as if the
    world’s rhythm had not changed.”

  5. I sadly agree….the wet markets that were closed when the pandemic began re-opened the minute lockdown was lifted. We learn so little. I tried to write a hopeful poem for Bjorn. But really – we learn so little.

  6. I love the inclusion of details about the birdsong, mice, and dogs. I choose to stay positive and keep hope alive that there will be a learning curve from all of this…that smiles will be more meaningful as they are unmasked.

  7. It seems I have been dipping into stores as well to get what I need for a day or two. I have to drive and now my car’s broke-down, so we’ll see how that goes. Mainly, though, I’ve been sick and away from the machine except to try to post something each day. There’s my story, whew!

    A little more. I did order the right kind of face mask, which I’m told might arrive in May.

    I appreciate the second sight you have, so to say. You are at the store with the shoppers distancing for now, and yet how lively will it be when something like hale-living returns? At the same time, nature beats its wings and springs from the ground and blows the bees from bloom to bloom. The seasons go on, affirming life and being life itself. Thank goodness.

    Thank you.

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