Buh-bye 2021: A Rhyming Wrap-up
Solemnly undaunted by the stormy insurrections who failed
New grownups replaced the joker who should’ve been jailed
In with the new, out with the old,
Freshly minted Amanda Gorman recited poetry gold.
Police still shot unarmed Black bodies and got acquitted
We saw justice for George Floyd, but the justice was not fitted
So, it hung loosely, weighted with gut-wrenching trauma
We’ll always be haunted by the cries for his mama.
With the pandemic still raging, Zoom calls were still a thing
Photo bombing by kids and pets who were bored with string
We ran out of clever backgrounds and WIFI connection rants
And pretending we weren’t all wearing pajama pants.
The Great Resignation kicked into full gear
Some went back to offices, feeling like pioneers
Hybrid, they said and we rolled our eyes
Until seeing people IRL became a nice surprise.
The masks got too tight and we cast blame
towards long grocery lines and packages that never came
Quarantines, masking, testing, distancing– we’re exhausted
Those hyping productivity and reinvention got frosted.
In unknowable times, social media morphed to a toxic lifeline
Until therapy became the new normal since we weren’t fine
If our bodies need love, sustenance and nurturing
Why can’t our psyches get some gentle encouraging?
I didn’t get COVID and that was nice
But my favorite person had it twice
Fortunately, mild cases although they kept her beat
And she couldn’t taste much unless it had heat.
The west was on fire and disasters raged.
Climate change was given priority on the national stage
About time to let Mother Earth recover
From rabid abuse and attempts to unlove her.
I installed TikTok, revisited Instagram and Facebook,
Perfected a few dance routines and smokey eye look
Added an updo and outfit for a pretend night out
With nowhere to go; I wanted to shout.
On my second Zoom birthday, I was required to wear a crown
As the attendees dished compliments and good wishes all around
Summer came and went without favorite things I did before
Park concerts, farmers markets, arcades and a whole lot more.
I took a lot of selfies to send to people I was missing
Because when COVID cases surged, we were stuck reminiscing
When finally reunited we unapologetically burst with glee
After such a long time of isolation and uncertainty.
Resilience and hope are not for the meek
It takes faith, intention and creativity not to be bleak
We miss what we had although we took it for granted
Sometimes life requires surviving where we’re planted.
Frontline workers, we love you for caring so much
Putting up with rudeness, stupidity and such
Like anti-maskers, anti-vaxxers and aunties flipping out in grocery stores
By throwing “freedom” tantrums like they were four.
Dr. Fauci, we love you for trying to keep us safe
Not that in your field, there was an escape
We know you’re tired and want to retire bad
We’ll never forget you, America’s dad.
We got vaccines and boosters like they were going out of style
Comparing post-shot symptoms and sighing “oooh, child”
We thought the coronavirus was waning with an end near
Then Delta got a second wind and Omnicron said hold my beer.
A jab is not so bad if it keeps us well
We won’t need a respirator, just lose our smell
Besides, a negative test and vaccine card are the new passport
To get back to work, bars and any indoor sport.
Almost a million people died, while many of us felt deprived
Best to give plenty of thanks for simply being alive
And remember we’re all in this together
Through monster viruses, climate disasters and whatever.
365 more pandemic days seemed like an eternity
Especially when all we craved was the serenity
Of no longer being passive victims of a foe, we can’t see
Hiding in our houses, ticking off the days until we are free.
If one more person asks when it’s going to end
I think I’ll lose my mind just a little or become a Minion
Instead, let’s enjoy the season of light
Imagining better days and a future bright.
Make an effort to be patient, thoughtful and kind
Dreaming of a global community that leaves no one behind
Cheers to 2022, it can be an unanswered prayer
With the right mindset and heartfelt attempts to repair.