We laughed and laughed-
Not knowing our laughs would soon go away
It started Like any other year
We cheered and celebrated New Year’s Day
Were we the ones that welcomed in the turmoil?
Did we just sit back and watch our glee uncoil?
We didn’t expect the change and we couldn’t even stop it
BOOM! SCHOOL’S OUT!
We poor children thinking we had found our escape route
Thinking the virus would be over soon and we’d no longer have to pout
Then BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
That’s Mr. Floyd having his life being taken away
A black man, killed without even hearing what he had to say
People strapped on their masks and risked their lives to be heard
They shouted “BLACK LIVES MATTER”
And sadly were told that their claim was absurd
The year showed us the world’s true colors
When we needed to stand together
Many turned their backs on others
Then some came and we waited
Waited for them to unlock our city
Instead, we watched out the window wallowing in self-pity.
We wanted out!
[We] needed out!
We searched for an answer – we didn’t get an answer
[We] had hope!
We lost hope!
No summer vacays, no prom, no wedding days
No reunion, no meetings, just constant dismay
We thought only our lives matter while those around us passed away
Next, schools reopened and our beds became a classroom
And now we sit behind the camera agonizing about the pain of zoom
It’s for the best, its for our safety, but we feel as though our fate has been doomed
The seniors being some of the strongest amongst us all
Missing the last first day or even performing a prank in the hall
The seniors watching their last childhood experience simply fall
They dreamed about this year for 13 years
But the year had other plans, plans to bring them fears
Fears of no friends, no games, no hugging, just pain.
The seniors have adapted, they decide to smile each day
See they have hope that next year will take all their pain away
A hope that the year they just lived never happened and was just a daze
News of a Vaccine spread the world!
The hope that many had lost had begun to re-emerge
Would this be the answer to our prayers?
Is the vaccine the answer to finding our happiness?
Will people continue to suffer and die or live and cry
We will just have to wait until
The Next Year