Tired of C-19

The pandemic just goes on and on, doesn’t it? I feel frustrated because it seems like if we had all isolated at the beginning, we would’t be dealing with this anymore. Sure, we have a better handle on it- maybe, but it seems like it could be gone. And yet, here we are, still in an altered state of our world.

It can be exhausting: always in the same space with loved ones, working from home or in places where you need to wear your mask or worry about getting too close to others, corporations sending out constant emails about the virus, pretending to care, constantly staring at people over a screen for Zoom meetings, weirdness about wearing masks or not and mask shaming, 6 feet or more distance, don’t sing or yell, except for sometimes from so far away people don’t hear you. Ahhhh!

So, today I want to remind us how important our voices are in writing about the pandemic. I have a friend who wrote a brief note to me in March saying she felt bad for all the editors reading the tons of Covid submissions they would receive in 12-18 months. I laughed and said to myself, yeah, seriously.

But, then I have been thinking how much things change every day and how it is important to document our experience. We are in a pandemic worse than we have seen in 100 years, so actually, even though I’m tired of it, it’s interesting or will be some day in the future.

Even though we are all experiencing this pandemic, we are not all having the same experiences. Some of us have more security than others, some of us have more anxiety than others. We should write about our experiences if we aren’t already, not just to help our own mental state, but also to record what we feel, what we are dealing with, how we cope.

Some people may still be enjoying the solitude, but many others are saying, how can we continue on like this?

You can, of course, always just free write about your experience, in fact, I would encourage journaling about it, but I also want to invite you to consider three separate writing prompts to get you going.

You can choose from them and write to one or write to all three along the lines of this theme- your experience now in the time of Covid.

Writing prompt 1:

  • Write one thing you are grateful for.
  • Write one thing you feel you have learned about yourself in this time.
  • Write a concern you have.
  • Now include a color, something outside you can hear, something new outside you have seen (try to use something natural but it can be anything)

Now repeat these 3x or more. Try to create a poem from this sequence of your experiences. If you want to change the order, switch it up a bit, that’s great, whatever works for you.

Writing Prompt 2:

Write about your experience in the world right now with the pandemic, with your life, with your experience in the world. What have you noticed? What do you fear? What annoys you? What do you see? Choose one of the following jumping off points:

  • Outside my window…
  • In the brewery…
  • In the store…
  • In my mirror…
  • The church…
  • Inside the restaurant…
  • On the patio…
  • In the gym…

Writing Prompt 3:

When Covid 19 is finally behind us, which may be a while, we will all evaluate what we have lost, personally and as communities and we will be trying to figure out what we will have wanted to gain.

Write about what you would write to this right now even though the pandemic is still going on. Do you think it will be the same in 12 months? What have you lost recently? What do you hope to have gained from this whole experience? What do you hope we will have gained as a society? As a world community? As people who share space and some of the most special wonderful things together?

Thank you for writing today.

Please thank yourself for writing. We would love to write with you every week. If you would like to write with us, please sign up for the blog to get notices every week.

Take care. Be safe and be well!

-Liza

Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: