Before Now and After

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Title

Before Now and After

Creator

Lisa M., of Portland, Maine

Date

April 13, 2020
2020-04-13

Subject

COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020-

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Before Now and After

Before, we were kind to each other.
Now, we worry about each other.
After, will we still care for each other?

Before, we nodded in passing.
Now, we wave and mumble behind masks.
After, will we guard against any contact?

Before, we held the door open for the person behind us.
Now, it's each person to their self.
After, will we be polite again?

Before, people kept a friendly distance.
Now, we are "social" distancing.
After, will we be on our own?

Before, smiles, tears, grins, nods.
Now, masks, raised brows, blinking eyes, nods.
After, a friendly wave, kindness, a warm gesture, smiling nods.

Original Format

Poetry

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Citation

Lisa M., of Portland, Maine, “Before Now and After,” Isolating Together : Portland Public Library, accessed June 23, 2021, https://portlandlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12.