The following was submitted to the RhymeZone 2021 poetry contest:


A tired smile in a stranger's eyes
shines brighter than a sunrise.
A hurried attempt to sanitize
or an opportunity to socialize?

Is it the reflection of the plexiglass?
Or perhaps how much time has passed?
What was the seventeenth question you asked?
I don't know if I can listen to another broadcast.

Dreaming of a "normal" summer.
Trying to hit that magic number.
And although I still wonder...
Six feet apart is better than six feet under.

So united we stand at a social distance.
To tackle this thing we must stay persistent.
Balancing logistics and statistics
while finding joy in our own existence.