Gather. a poem by Michele Rule

Michele Rule

Gather

Two long years. 
Covid still dictates
where we can gather and when,
how many and who.
I don’t begrudge that.
I march forward with the majority.
I don’t heed the call
of the convoy to disobey.

I’m just tired, worn out, weary
of Zoom meetings,
cancelled trips,
social distancing.
Missed moments we’ll never get back.
Makes me want 
secret trysts with other bubbles.
To huddle in hiding with
the mailman,
the grocery store clerk,
the neighbor I don’t even like.
Stolen moments of risk.

I daydream of days ahead
without the rules and regulations
but I hold my place in the regiment
a little bit longer.

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Michele Rule is a poet living with a disability in Kelowna, BC. She uses words as a way to give a glimpse of her world to others. Outside of writing, Michele is a painter and a gardener. She lives with her partner, a dog and two cats.

 

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Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie is now completing her first novel where, for a family with a Seventh-day Adventist father and a Mennonite mother, the End Times are just around the corner. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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