dVerse — Sustained Solitude in Covid-19

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Sustained Solitude in Covid-19

It’s an old body with a new jacket
That was chosen without consent.

It’s a cool absence of warm auras,
Missing three-dimensional smiles.

Non-human flora & fauna besties
Constant life-affirming presences.

Periodic staving off of surrealism
And fear that this may be the end.

 

Bjorn is today’s host of dVerse.  Bjorn says:
The prompt today is simple, just start from the word solitude and write about it. Try to avoid using the word solitude, but try instead to describe how it feels. Does it even have a scent or a sound?

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  1. I really feel the surrealism myself… there is a sense that things have come to a stop.

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  2. kim881 says:

    I definitely feel like an ‘old body with a new jacket / That was chosen without consent’. When can I have a new body with my old jacket? I love the lines:
    ‘It’s a cool absence of warm auras,
    Missing three-dimensional smiles.’
    Oh yes!

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  3. The longer this goes on, the further away an end seems to feel for me. I have to keep reminding myself that this is not forever.
    Love that opening.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I hear you. Thank you.

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  4. The opening is stunning

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you.

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      1. The pleasure is mine reading your work xo

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  5. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    your closing lines are stunning too. This fear hanging over us like the Sword of Damocles…the end of days, apocalypse now; scary stuff.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, Glenn, it feels just that way. Glad you connected with the poem.

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  6. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good description of what is missing with virtual meetings: “Missing three-dimensional smiles”

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Frank. It’s nice to have cam connection but not the same.

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  7. rothpoetry says:

    A great description of what some are going through in this time. Surreal paranoia!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dwight. It comes and goes for me.

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  8. Sadje says:

    You do create living images in your poetry.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome Li.

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  9. memadtwo says:

    I think the “without consent” is key. (K)

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  10. “Cool absence of warm auras”…love it! And this is not the end, just the start of something new.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you liked it, Mary, and thank you for the supportive comment.

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  11. Suzanne says:

    I like your poem. Life does feel very surreal sometimes at present. Following on from a conversation we had a while back on another thread – the room clearing spray of Juniper and White Sage arrived in the post this morning. I sprayed my house and felt an immediate lift from the fresh tang of the Juniper. The White Sage wasn’t too heavy but seems to have gently lightened the atmosphere. I feel a little less surreal today. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Suzanne, so glad you found a good mist! Juniper and White Sage sound like a great combination!

      1. Suzanne says:

        Yes it’s lovely. I checked the label. It comes from a company in Florida. It must have been imported from the US before coronavirus.

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  12. badfinger20 says:

    “It’s a cool absence of warm auras” I’ll vouch for that… Good poem Lisa

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Max, glad you like the poem.

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  13. calmkate says:

    short and punchy, nicely told

    … I wrote it about solitude in general not the non-consensual one!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Kate. Will look for yours.

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  14. ….well said and the last lines are perfect!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sreeja, glad you connected with them.

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  15. Reena Saxena says:

    We never let go of fears.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I suppose that we need them to stay safe but so many of them weigh on me lately whenever I let them.

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      1. Reena Saxena says:

        Lockdown depression is the latest challenge for mental health professionals.

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  16. Astrid says:

    That last line is so relatable. Oh boy, the fear! I can totally feel i t.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s not a good feeling. What compounds it are things like the group that keeps storming our capitol building (with weapons) and demands the governor end the lockdown.

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      1. Astrid says:

        Oh wow, that’s horrible!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Michigan’s Capitol building has an open-carry policy, which means that spectators in the legislative sessions can open-carry. What happened recently was a group of 400-700 protestors, some armed, were beating on the doors when the session was closed to spectators due to the volatile nature of what was happening, which was the legislature either supporting or not supporting Governor Whitmer’s decision to keep most places shut down in the state due to Covid-19.

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          1. Astrid says:

            OMG, that’s so horrible! Some people are just awful.

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  17. Lisa, one of your best. Stunning in its starkness.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Linda, thank you. What’s probably the worst aspect of it is the thing I cherish probably more than anything has taken an ominous turn.

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  18. I love that our new best friends are flora and fauna! Personally, I am really enjoying that part of our solitude. A wonderful poem Lisa 🥰

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Christine, thank you. Same here!

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  19. rivrvlogr says:

    Considering the abstract can offer a new perspective on an overwhelming situation.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Good, practical suggestion, Ken, thank you.

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  20. hank77 says:

    kaykuala

    It’s an old body with a new jacket
    That was chosen without consent.

    Vert apt opening, Jade! We never asked for it but trussed unto us. It is how we make it out to be! Many are happy with the new found opportunity!

    Hank

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for your comment, Hank.

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  21. “Old body with a new jacket” was a perfect opening to this surreal view of life.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sara.

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  22. Apt opening, apt closing and apt in between too! Solitude is wonderful in small doses and when it is voluntary but forced solitude for prolonged period can have not asked for repercussions! Very well written, Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for your understanding, Punam.

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      1. My pleasure, Li. 🙂

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