Poetry elicits emotions and imagery, which can capture the sentiments of the collective experiences that educators and our society are experiencing during this moment in history. This poem calls to attention the way in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our country through social distancing precautions put into place to curb the spread of the virus. The verses in the poem speak to the loss of community and celebrations that occurred during this time. The poem concludes by addressing the racial awakening that has also taken place during these unprecedented times. The pandemic reduced many of life’s distractions allowing a critical mass of people, both nationally and globally, to pay more attention to issues of the racial injustice occurring in the criminal justice system against black and brown bodies. The piece concludes by calling attention to the work that still needs to be done to address both the racial and viral pandemic in our society.



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