Finding things at home to do,
they want us to shelter in place.
Cleaning living room, picking up my shoes,
they ask us to shelter in place.
Checking Facebook for the hundredth time,
they tell us to shelter in place.
Clicking on memes, reading between the lines,
they request us to shelter in place.
I had thought 2020 would see more humans in space,
they keep telling us all to shelter in place;
But now the robotic craft will take their place,
they want humans to stay earthbound, shelter in place.
Hope this all will end sometime soon,
Because me and others are so tired of sheltering in place.
Masked counters have replaced the greeters,
one way in and one way out is the rule.
Everyone keeps their distance,
most wear masks, except a few youngsters.
The fruit counters seem plentiful,
but some freezers are empty.
For the most part, groceries are bountiful.
Why would there be any shortages
in this day and age of plenty?
People have never been through a pandemic,
so the reigning emotion of the day is panic.
“This too, shall pass.”
Like a big gallstone,
everyone is asking,
“goddamn it, but when?”
Hang in there.