Four poems about finding or making one’s own comfort in these times, beginning with two poems to two Clifton cats who have not, to my knowledge met!
To My Cat –
Quarantine Day 15
You taught me well,
how to wrap isolation
stretches of time
industriously removing any
trace of another’s touch,
to revel in the escape of sleep,
yet to wake instantly
at a sound or sudden
flash of color outside
outside the window.
I am ravenous
for the glimpses
of beauty outside
and to regain my balance
on this precipice, and
reconcile life as it was before,
to the uncertainty unfolding.
Leslie Clark writes, “I live in Clifton, not far from Spring Grove Cemetery, and among the monuments of those no longer with us, life, beauty and hope surrounds me.”
A Postcard to my Cat
my soft friend
my little tiger
asleep in the sun
hello to you
I envy you
in sweet malaise
you do not know
what surrounds you
what days may hold
what your human fears
I don’t think you’d like it here
but perhaps I do not give you
you curl into my arms when I cry
as if you do understand
this is also a thank you note
Clarity Amrein (www.clarityamrein.com) is technical writer, poet, public library worker, and LGBTQ+ activist who resides in Clifton. This poem is for Moon.
Distancing: March 2020
It’s just moments now –
I’m on my own.
Wild ideas brew with
Space and time to steep.
Fragrant meanings swirl, whirl.
No boundaries on daydreams.
Thoughts wander the universe,
Chartreuse clouds dapple lavender skies;
Frogs glide above the treetops.
Suessian reality prevails.
Wake me when it’s over.
By Rebecca Luce lives in Northside. She writes, “I’m using my solitary time to immerse myself in creative outlets, music and long dog walks. Getting a bit lonely, though!”
Pandemic Vision 2020
The entire world being consumed by the coronavirus
Got everyone desirous
Everyone’s encourage to stay home
Businesses closed there’s no need to roam
It’s really scary
They even closed the library
I’ve been searching for the beauty in all the madness
Focusing on spots of gladness
Trying to distract myself from the moments of sadness
Having the time to spend with my Dear Ms. G
Grateful for the moments when she remembers me
Enjoying the moments of quietness and peace
Catching up on some much needed sleep
Spending the days praying, planning, and preparing
For whatever the future is declaring
Attempting to stay optimistic
In a time that feels so unrealistic
Though the times seem dark
I’m holding on to the light I my heart
Hoping these time remove the blindness
Leading to more love and kindness
Tonkia Bridges resides in Avondale. An educator, coach, and youth advocate whose passionate about inspiring the inner NERD to learn for life. Tonkia enjoys writing poetry in her free time.