A Neighborly Wave

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

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A Neighborly Wave

 

I haven’t seen her for a week or two;

no, wait, it must be much longer,

not since the lock-down came into place

two months ago.

She’d always prided herself on her appearance

and would never have set foot

outside her front door without her make-up on,

her hair held in place.

Today, when I walked from my door,

hers opened almost simultaneously

and if she had not been standing there beside me

I might not have recognized her.

The lock-down has certainly taken it’s toll

on my neighbor.

In fact, it passes through my mind that

perhaps she has been infected, but no

I would have known.

She lifts her hand and to be honest

I’m not sure if she is fending me off,

that it might be a ‘keep away’ gesture.

I don’t want to cause offence

or to intrude where I’m not wanted

so I lift my hand in a wave,

say a simple ‘Hi!’

then walk off on my way.

 


Submitted: June 08, 2020

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Mike S.

The lock down's taken it's toll on us all--excellent, Hull!

Mon, June 8th, 2020 6:48pm

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Thanks, Mike. This was entirely fictitious, but I can imagine it taking place.

Mon, June 8th, 2020 12:05pm

Jobe Rubens

I think this speaks for all of us. This scenario will become one of those 2020 memes we'll all look back on. Sometimes I feel the wirters of Family Guy are doing all this.

Mon, June 8th, 2020 7:09pm

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Ha! You could be right! Thanks, Jobe.

Mon, June 8th, 2020 12:10pm

Jobe Rubens

No really, I do see neighbours looking worse for wear and acting out of the ordinary.

Mon, June 8th, 2020 7:12pm

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Haha! Well, I live off the road so I never see anyone walking past!
Thanks, Jobe.

Tue, June 9th, 2020 10:38am

Derina Peng

Yes. That "wave" is happening around me too and the distance we have to keep as if we are all sick persons.

Mon, June 8th, 2020 7:15pm

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Yep. The supermarkets are amazing. Everyone stops and waits, or moves right across to the other side of the aisle.
Thanks for reading, Derina.

Tue, June 9th, 2020 10:46am

Sue Harris

I found this poem very sad and moving. We are all keeping our distance, everyone is a potential danger to you, until we all become estranged. It's a weird and scary world we are living in.

Mon, June 8th, 2020 7:22pm

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It is. I live off the road, so I don't see neighbors passing any time, but this was something I could well imagine happening on so many streets.

Tue, June 9th, 2020 10:44am

Compass Girl

I don't even put a bra on these days, hull, let alone make-up LOL.

Sat, June 13th, 2020 7:19am

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Honestly, my life has hardly changed. I find that so depressing.

Sat, June 13th, 2020 10:06am

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