A Very Scary Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful land
suddenly attacked by a silent, invisible enemy.
Thousands of citizens perished.

No longer could the people go to work or school.
They were quarantined at home with their families,
pets, assorted electronic devices and Netflix.

What were they to do?
First, they cooked all the food in their freezer,
including, in some cases, items hoarded since Y2K.
When they ran out of freezer dinners, they foraged in the
pantry to create culinary surprises from lima beans and jello.

They cleaned their overflowing closets and drawers,
unearthing treasures, taxes from 1980 – 2019, and junk.
The trash and re-cycle workers left them hate mail,
but they kept right on pillaging and purging.

About week six, they emerged to discover SPRING with
bright, clear skies and no scent of exhaust fumes.
Bird song filled the air, daffodils danced on strong legs,
and the deer in the back yard had stopped coughing.

The people of the land were so delighted,
they volunteered to stay locked up a few more weeks –
in exchange for toilet paper.

SHARON CANFIELD DORSEY is an award-winning poet and author or four children’s books; a memoir, Daughter of the Mountains; a book of poetry, Tapestry; and a travel memoir, Road Trip. WATCH FOR A NEW BOOK OF POETRY, WALK WITH ME, OUT THIS SUMMER. Sharon’s books can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, High Tide Publications, and the author.

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