Heather has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Moravian College and has been freelance writing for more than 12 years.
Starting to feel like the cabin fever was getting to be too much
A prisoner in a box that seemed to be shrinking by the minute
This tin can hard to sustain in for too long without going bonkers
Turning into a cartoon character with the bugged out eyes
That can't return back to normal due to fatigue
Hitting the metaphorical wall one too many times
A crash test dummy that had been tested too many times
Needed to get out of this destructive and inconclusive pattern
Saw no clear route to exit out of this claustrophobic line
Where no one seemed to stand six feet apart if they tried
Frustrated that life became a Hollywood movie
That nobody wanted to be part of its ever revolving door
Or cast members that made hasty exits built into their contracts
Wished I was smart enough to have done the same thing
Ultimate cheat sheet to get out of this slow moving line
Suffocating in this mask and the stagnant hot air
Summer fully upon us and ready to drop into a heap
Wanted to head for some faraway hills screaming
Cannot take being alone with the same boring thoughts
Made excuses to go out in public, even if it was unnecessary
How many trips to the grocery store can one take in a week
Locked in a state of generic routine down to a science
Wondered what it would take to break this cycle
Finding joy in even the silliest of mundane tasks
Fed up with being affected by problems that can be solved
Going over them ad nauseum with repeated analysis
About could be done differently and preventable steps
Pointless to go back in time when impossible to do so
Only Hollywood gave that option with an extra dose of consequences
Laughing for no reason at subjects that don't require it
Avoiding the evening news; nothing positive came from it
Violence, illness and legal ramifications galore
Problems and no solutions to be found in sight
Frustrating to listen to the world on the brink of something
Searched for optimism on the landscape of television repeats
Nice to find laugh at the jokes of the familiar material
Streaming services being used to the hilt since live programing
No longer existed or had decent content that didn't make you gag
Or revolt in protest by throwing the remote against the wall
Need it desperately to connect to the comfortable things
A time when innocence and hope didn't feel destroyed
Eager for the weekend to come; or a proper vacation
Recharging the batteries might do the trick
Shame it can't be more than a staycation.
Will have to take what can be given presently.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 11, 2020:
A familiar feeling.
You describe it so well.
I am so relieved we have a few things we can now do...like going out to eat.
And yes, I have enjoyed having my food served to me at a table.