The Myth of Normalcy - by Brooke Sarden
During this time, we all have wondered about when things will return to "normal". Check out this piece written by CTC staff'er, Brooke Sarden, our Youth and Cultural Programs Director in conjunction with Civic Saturdays. Click here to check out the full broadcast. Stay well. Stay safe.
The Myth of Normalcy
May we never forget the questions raised in
the relative quiet:
What is essential? What is not?
Who is essential and who is not?
How dare we ask that question?
How dare we ignore that question?
Who are we to judge?
Who better to judge than us?
May our newfound sense of “us-we”
become cellular memory.
May the not-so-peculiar loneliness haunt
Remind us of what’s changed
Or remained woefully, unbearably same
Since before the incident.
Viral outbreak. Type: pandemic
As our gazes search the horizon for relief
Remember that we are still in it.
This moment now needs our attention
If we rush there will be leave behinds
We’ve been there, done that
I keep wondering if COVID’S the only thing
we’re sick with.
On lockdown, my friends and neighbors
went straight to swapping homemade pies
Like it was something else they were trying
All this distance between us?
Flour, butter, sugar, space and time we’ve
forgotten to share.
On lockdown, some of our students went
straight to being hungry.
And quick came the “rules” on what we
could do about that… and for a while the
rules sounded like “no.”
Civilization can be mean.
White coats say for most of us the disease,
But fever is not the only thing that has us
What’s the temperature where you are?
Is it like this where you are?
We talk-talk-talk quarantine-talk
We sing pray
Our tongues are dripping with aftermath.