New Normal

by Brenda   May 13, 2020


Changes at my work
have almost rendered me
mute...
I'm struggling trying
to adjust
to this new normal...
Failing spectacularly on all sides
unable to rid
myself
of this pain in my chest
from a continual
panic attack
that's pacing the sidelines
waiting to seize
the most inopportune moment
to get into the game...
My nails have been
chipped to the quick,
hangnails viciously dug at
leaving skin raw and bleeding...
My tongue has
permanently moved to
the roof of my mouth
while my jaw
grinds together
like two lost lovers
reunited after years apart...
My pills
of eternal sunshine
are giving it their all
but they are no match
for the external stressors
that are assaulting me
at this given moment...
I never dreamed
in a million years
that I would fold
like a house of cards
in the face
of this invisible virus
that's running amok
in this world...
I never thought
I wouldn't be able to
freely see and hug
my grandbabies
without worrying if I carried this...
Wondering if every cough and sneeze
is just that-
or is it?
So for now
I'm silent
on the outside
screaming on the inside
trying to keep
this madness at bay...

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  • 1 week ago

    by Gracy Judith

    This virus has left people devastated...too many lives lost and too many jobs too. And the risk still persists! People are still dying! Stay safe and well. You've penned this so beautifully.

  • 1 month ago

    by Anthony Krieman

    Just try to focus on the silly tan lines the masks create
    ; )

    • 1 month ago

      by Brenda

      Thank you! I needed that lol!

  • 2 months ago

    by Michael

    Miss Brenda, a heartfelt piece that i am sure resonates with many. the truth is we all experience this 'odd' virus on a personal note. I for one miss my children so, so very much. We can only hope for an end to this awful plague! I hope you are well and stay safe. By the way a wonderful piece of writing lady :)

    M x

    • 2 months ago

      by Brenda

      Thank you so much Michael..strange days indeed.

  • 2 months ago

    by cassie hughes

    Hopefully a temporary new normal. I think you capture the feelings held by an awful lot of people at the moment.

    • 2 months ago

      by Brenda

      Thank you- I'm hoping this won't be long term...

  • 2 months ago

    by Ben Pickard

    It's quite incredible how the world has been turned on its head over the last few months, isn't it? We have been completely blindsided and were entirely unprepared for anything of this magnitude.
    Personally, although it is at the moment, i cannot accept this as the new normal; it's too bleak and depressing to even contemplate just how long this could last.

    Try and stay cheered, Brenda. This will pass.

    • 2 months ago

      by Brenda

      Hi Ben! It is crazy how things have changed so much. I guess after being laid off for 6vweeks I was totally unprepared to have my manager move me to a totally different desk and totally new job duties. I think that with the current times set me over a new edge. I'm getting back into a routine at work with my new jobs and thankfully some of my original stuff. I almost left, it was that jarring. I'm really trying to balance my changes and this current craziness going on. It gets harder as you get older, yes, I did say that. This made me realize I'm not all that young anymore, sigh....thank you Ben-

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