ON BEING VAXXED & LEAVING MY HOME AFTER 2 YEARS OF QUARANTINE

Entering Publix Supermarket

For the first dose of Moderna

After two years living in my home

Seeing only dogs, roomie, wild birds,  and

The gentle, quiet green of a Florida swamp

I was flying with The Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

I was gaping at Plato’s release from the allegory of the cave

I was speed swimming from Campbell’s whale’s belly

I was melting from Dali’s surreal tapestry

I was blindly running through a crowded theme park

Breads piled up to the ceiling

Every kind of cheese calling from their refrigerated case

Succulent plump vegetables of every hue

I didn’t know what to do

And the people

Babel couldn’t have been more confusing

Than the conversations swirling around me

As I sat waiting in the pharmacy

To be vaxxed

When my name was called

I stood, bent down to pick up my

Twenty-pound backpack

And like a Weeble Wobbling

I managed not to fall down

Despite the noise level

Discombobulating me

Dragging the pack to the sheltered place

Where I sat and waited for my first dose

Of the Elixir

That would set me free

And as the needle found its way

Into my arm muscle

I thought

In a month

After vax number two

It’s off to the Dollar Store I go

To fling my money around

Filling my basket

With artificial flowers, silky scarves,

Pens and notebooks and trail mix

Laced with M&M candies

Surely buying better swag than a pirate

Of the Caribbean…











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