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Poem: Covid-19 Detour

My boyfriend is diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Everyday we encounter new details on this life changing nightmare. The road is not easy.

Poem Summary

Covid-19 detour is how new rules for accompanying others to hospitals, treatment centers, etc. effects us. Forcing us to sit outside instead of being next to our loved one while a doctor's plan for a conference call fails. Eventually he turns the situation inside out beating the odds of Covid-19.

"We Got This" by Seth Walker

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Covid-19 Detour

New rules set in stone,

with Covid-19 numbers spiking

tossing a monkey wrench into one’s plans,

forcing him to face life’s important junctions

in total solidarity.


Sitting outside alone in a four wheel drive

patiently waiting for her smart phone to ring,

she feels like she is stuck

between a rock and a hard place,

instead of being by his side.


Frustration grows as the connection fails

isolating him to face his fears alone,

as the doctor's words quickly travel through the air

relieving his despair,

smoothing over his next step in today’s journey.


The sense of loneliness dissipates,

communication opens once again

with fingers tapping words to exchange,

waiting as poison daggers flow through his veins

attacking the invasive monster living within.


Sittings in uncomfortable chairs

with a building in between,

they beat the odds against Covid-19’s detour,

with a sense of togetherness

linking their hearts,

turning these hours inside out.

"I Won't Let Go" by Rascal Flatts

The Writers Club

My poem, "Covid-19 Detour " has been selected by the crew at GreyThoughts.Info for publication by The Writer's Club.

It seems I cannot post a link so I will put info here.

https://greythoughts.info/clubpieces/covid-19-detour

You can find this link under my Facebook profile too.

© 2020 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 09, 2021:

Covid makes us find a way

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 04, 2021:

Manatita44,

I'm in Ohio.

This poem was first written at the beginning of this year.

Our Covid program is beginning to work here now with the numbers dropping.

Have a great day!

manatita44 from london on April 04, 2021:

You face some tough challenges, Brenda. You're in Houston? Texas is a bit different and not so straightforward. Why should Covid-19 be still rising? Your vaccine programme is going well, no?

Happy Easter!!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 04, 2021:

My poem, "Covid-19 Detour " has been selected by the crew at GreyThoughts.Info for publication by The Writer's Club.

Link below.

https://greythoughts.info/clubpieces/covid-19-deto...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Peggy,

Thank you so much!

The Alzheimer's is a cruel disease and this Covid-19 makes it so much worse.

He went to nursing home in May...so it's been rough.

Thank you for your kindness.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

So sorry to hear about your mother's situation. Alzheimer's is such a cruel disease!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Shauna,

I read your article written back in May 2020 about preparing for tax time.

I will refer back to it bext year and I might look at it a little for this year.

I usually do my own taxes and those of family and friends.

This year will prove to be challenging.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Charlie,

I read your poem "Why" but alas I can no longer comment.

Keep writing and hopefully I will catch one of them in time.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Charlie,

Thank you so much!

I am surprisingly strong right now.

Guess that's the inner energy inside that says I have to handle this.

If I don't keep going...I may fall.

Take care my friend. This month and next tend to be hard ones.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Shauna,

Thank you.

He is not in the hospital right now.

He is taking chemotherapy with Dr. Appointments beforehand.

Due to a recent spike in Covid-19 cases in our area and nearby we have new covid rules.

This was the first time we were refused to be together...but we managed.

He said it was quite boring sitting in there for hours alone. Appt started at 9 and we left about 2:30 in the afternoon.

Quite awhile to sit outside in the vehicle, but he may need someone to drive home so I need to be there.

It takes us about 45 minutes or so to get there...so I am not driving back home.

It is frustrating but it would be better if they had it more organized.

Oh well....I love a challenge!

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Peggy,

I see this close up and personal every dsy with my mother whose husband is in nursinghome. It takes it's toll because of the no visitor rule.

They have been letting her visit once a week for 15 minutes which was an outdoor setting...now inside. However, her husband has Alzheimer's so often times he doesn't know her and it hurts her so bad. If only she could see him on his good days.

Then a local minister passed away eith Covid-19 while no members of his family were allowed to be by his side.

This Covid-19 is tragic.

We are doing fine and not letting it effect us much...we have to do whatever we need too.

Take care and have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Bill,

I wish you & your family continued good health.

This Covid-19 doesn't seem to be letting up any. In fact the numbers in my little corner of the world are rising.

I did hear that the FDA said they would approve vaccine even if it is only 50 percent effective and that has me a bit concerned.

I am past ready for it...but I would like it to totally work.

Thsnk you so much for your blessings.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Manatita44,

Thank you.

This Covid-19 seems to be around to stay for awhile.

We just have to be careful and still enjoy our life the best way we can accomplish it.

Where there is a will...there is a way.

Be it frustration or whatever...one can find a way to deal with it.

Thank you for the nice reply about my work.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Lorna,

Thank you. I appreciate your kind thoughts.

We are doing fine.

Covid-19 sure dishes out the challenges as if it were not bad enough, but we can handle it.

There was a minister who passsed away here recently from Covid-19 and he was alone. The hospital refused entry to his family.

My heart goes out to them. It is devastating to imagine.

Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Diana,

Thank you.

Yes, this world is quite a bit different with Covid-19 rearing it's ugly head again.

The numbers here are on the rise.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Chitrangada,

Thank you.

We will be fine. Amazingly we are quite at peace, but these Covid-19 road blocks give us quite a challenge.

Take care.

Charlie Halliday from Scotland on November 05, 2020:

Stay strong Brenda.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 05, 2020:

Brenda, it must be so frustrating for the two of you to have to go through this with a building between you, rather than side by side. How much longer will he be in the hospital?

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Your words echo the thoughts of many people these days who are separated when they would most wish to be together because of COVID-19. Lying alone in a hospital setting, or a nursing home is the price paid for this out-of-control pandemic. It takes a hearty toll on everyone involved. Wishing you good health and safety!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 05, 2020:

I think we are all pretty much done with this COVID thing. I would like to see a vaccine sooner rather than later, you know? In the meantime, all of our family is healthy, and hopefully we won't have to face a situation like you've painted with your words. Well done, my friend, and blessings to you always.

manatita44 from london on November 05, 2020:

You have painted the picture visually and covered some very salient aspects of frustration, concern, trepidation and powerlessness amongst others. Sometime ago, we were getting too much of Covid-style stuff, but it's becoming more and more apparent, that this is a long hard road. Great poetry!

Lorna Lamon on November 05, 2020:

I felt the raw emotion throughout this poem Brenda. Covid has changed our lives in so many ways and not being with our loved ones when they need us the most is one of the hardest things to do. I love the spirit in your last verse, that linking of hearts and sense of togetherness against all the odds. Keep strong Brenda - you got this. Love and prayers to both of you. Lorna.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on November 05, 2020:

Covid has turned our world, that we knew, upside down. Hope and pray that life will normalize sooner than later. Thanks for sharing your poignant thoughts and emotions.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 04, 2020:

It's good to release your inner feelings through the poem. I am sorry to hear that you are passing through tough times. Stay strong and safe. Prayers and peace of mind to you and your friend.

Thank you for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 04, 2020:

Rosina,

Thanks.

Where there is a will...there is a way.

Have a great day.

Rosina S Khan on November 04, 2020:

It's frustrating when hospitals and treatment centers set new rules of isolation for COVID-19 so that the woman in his life is unable to stay by his side. At least she is able to communicate with him again by texting, both of them beating the odds of COVID-19's detour. Wonderful poem, Brenda.

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