That moment When you see someone You haven't seen in awhile! You both look up You recognize Behind your masks, you smile And then you both Move awkwardly As if to share a hug And stop Asif a wall were there So you don't spread the bug That moment When you hear that camp Is cancelled for this year You know that It's the right choice But you can't hold back a tear That moment When your child asks "Can I go see my friend?" You weigh the risks You share your fears They ask, "When will this end?" That moment When you hear the news Someone you know has died You wish that you Could be there For the family as they cry That moment When you see someone
Who will not wear a mask Your anger overwhelms you Why is this too much to ask? That moment When a co-worker Hugs their child while you're on Zoom Everyone Smiles a little Even once they've left the room That moment When your quiet time Gazing at the clouds Is fractured by The sound of someone Talking much too loud A family Passes, laughing at their dog, they say hello A child Stops and says "Nice birds" and then they go That moment When you know our lives Will never be the same And if they could Would that be good? Or would it be a shame?
Pam Bates identifies as a mom, a UU, and a permanent student of life, humanity, and divinity.