The Poetry Shed

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Ode

Bobby’s Ode to Quarantine

Here,
in the home I’ve spent
the past twelve years,
in the home I did not
believe I’d be back at right now
longing to see
friends and family.

Surrounded by my seven siblings
who aggravate me yet
shape who I am,
who I will be,
my parents who
have sacrificed it all to
make a great life for
all eight of us kids,
thousands of people whose
smiles are hiding behind
powder blue face coverings,
concealing their happiness but
ironically, keeping us safe.

Only you could:
take that away from me,
only you could: 
rob the bank full of my
summer hopes and dreams,
only you could:
shatter my expectations of
how my life in 2020 might go.

Only you:
You
Have
Ruined
Plenty,
But
Not
For
Long.


--Bobby