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Isabela (Quarantined )

Isabela's eyes leave her dream
At the sound of her alarm
She awakens to the familiar sound
And looks around her room

In the Before Time
She jumps from her bed,
Races down stairs
And looks for her dad

Now at the 5:30 call
to begin her day
She remains supine in her covers
Awake and still..

Now there is no urgency
Now there is no rush to breakfast
Now there is no wonder what to wear
..for school

It is April 7th 2020
And today she has completed
her 11th year
It is her birthday, but,
There is no hurry
No need for the alarm
Except that it's always there
Always there

--John A., Adult