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The Age of Zoom, a villanelle written after a Zoom family reunion

by Elizabeth Cunningham

 

now we are entering the age of Zoom

keeping our distance, we come face to face

and lighten our sense of impending doom

 

many locations, we’re all in one room

though we miss the times when we could embrace

for now, we’re welcoming the age of Zoom

 

outside birds nest, trees bud, and flowers bloom

humans on pause, we must slacken our pace

and lighten our sense of impending doom

 

to cover fear we tend to fret and fume

who’s hoarding toilet paper by the case?

and no! not another meeting on Zoom

 

what relief to sweep the floor with a broom

some things technology cannot replace

simple tasks can relieve the sense of doom

 

though each day more dire headlines loom

necessity and pressure may yield grace

we can laugh and commiserate on Zoom

and lighten our sense of impending doom


Elizabeth Cunningham is best known as the author of The Maeve Chronicles, a series of award-winning novels featuring a feisty Celtic Magdalen. She lives in New York State’s Hudson Valley.

http://elizabethcunninghamwrites.com/

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