NaPoWriMo 22

Way back when the earth
might still have a fighting chance
they staged funerals

wearing masks in streets
with air and noise pollution
thick with rock music

and so many crowds
it was a different era
we could use those masks

for real now we’re stuck
inside our homes all day long
if we are lucky

but when we go out
and pass others in the aisle
it’s almost surreal

to think how maybe
since it’s been over two weeks
that I’ve had to shop

for things I’ll mostly
just throw away in the end
the world is cleaner

maybe if we just
stopped moving around so much
the earth could then heal

it’s not that simple
I know but obviously
my mind will wander

it can’t do much else

By Joshua Keiter

reader, writer, actor, singer, teacher