Rain gushed from heavens
pandemic hell turned purgatory.
Boxed in by walls. Boxed in by zoom boxes.
Snows came, windows frosted shut.
Our spirits glazed as seasons passed
seen from shuttered window panes.
Cities crawled. Inequities laid bare.
Sparse masked figures hurried to tasks,
six feet apart. A grave distance indeed.
Hope impossible to grasp by stifled hands.
Optimists whispered. Hang on, hang on . . .
. . .after all, tomorrow is another day.
But optimists were far and few between.
Tomorrow is another day wore thin
because it never was.
Release for those us who survived.
Smiles visible but leery. Freedom, sort of,
for far too many to openly grieve.
Freedom for the privileged
while far too many across the globe
still parched, still weary
still covid devastated . . .
. . . another day . . .
still impossibly too far away.
Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today Mish asks us to consider lines made famous by movies. She provides many for us and asks us to include one of them in a poem.
I’ve chosen “After all, tomorrow is another day.” from Gone with the Wind, 1932.