If We Forget about Having to Shout: A Covid-19 Poem

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If we forget about shouting,

Hello, at neighbors,

neighbors yawning

opening windows to yell

back, How are you

holding up? while their

oldest daughter waves

madly at Little Girl, all seems

normal, just as all is

normal later as Little Girl

and I later lean into

windows that overlook

our marsh, watching

mergansers build nests,

excited to have these novel

neighbors—soon merganser

chicks that we’ll say Hello 

to through glass.

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  • Sean Prentiss

    Sean Prentiss is the award-winning author of Finding Abbey: A Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, a memoir about Edward Abbey and the search for home. He and his family live on a small lake in northern Vermont, and he teaches at Norwich University and in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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