Now that Spring is around the corner
I’m not sure after all the longing for it
That I am ready to come out of my den
To feel the warmth of the sun
Which will become overwhelming soon enough
Or meet my neighbors again
After endless days indoors behind
Screens and masks, six feet apart
To greet, to smile, to chat in a cafe
The energy it will take to come up with
Lively conversation, to make that first step
To toss my masks on a heap
I have become surprisingly attached to them
All the questions I will have in my head
Are they safe? Did they get their second dose?
Who did they vote for anyways?
Do the bears, snakes, bats and other hibernating animals feel this way?
Do they tentatively step or slither out of their comfortable holes and caves
Or do they rush out without a care driven by hunger and excitement?