there is a silence upon the earth,
families are sheltered in homes
not daring to step out
unless a need for provisions.
education is left to parents
reviewing letters and numbers,
over and over, how to sign your name,
pencil scribbling between lines.
walkers and runners step forth
on my street, gauging the 6’ distance
while waving and nodding
those brave to exit their safe net.
us “essential services” employees
attend work, ready to give the hex sign
of back off at a moments notice,
tis tiring being ever alert.
my brain is vacant, as is my body,
while I feel for those without a daily job
to attend to, do they feel the same
for us keeping the lines open?
I enjoy this silence, lack of traffic
in my town, allowing me to travel
from home to work to home
in record time, in silence...