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The New Normal

Staying safe and
staying sane
to be cliché —
it’s the name of the game
Disease and sickness
not enough health
no one immune
even with wealth
Essential goods
closing borders
anxious shoppers
toilet paper hoarders
Hospitals full
the sick are dying
watching the news
presidents lying
Working from home
physical distancing
juggling life
while self-isolating
Uncertain times
so much panic
staying level-headed
while others are frantic
The homeless, the hungry
the sick and the lonely
we’re in this together
time is the only
teller of tales
popular or formal
welcome to 2020
this is the new normal.

Arianna Sebo (she/her) is a poet and writer living in Southern Alberta
with her husband, pug, and five cats. Their home is brimming with cat
posts, pet beds, fur, and love. She received her B.A. in philosophy from
the University of Calgary, working in the field of law to feed her family
and writing poetry to feed her philosophical soul. Her poetry can be
found in
Kissing Dynamite and forthcoming in The Coachella Review,
Front Porch Review, and Lucky Jefferson. Follow her at and @AriannaSebo on Twitter and Instagram.

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Previously published in
Eleventh Transmission:
"COVID-19 Quarantine" by Malek J. Zuraikat.

Published March 29, 2020

45 Poems of Protest: The Pandemic

The New Normal

by Arianna Sebo
(Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada)
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