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The Year

It Started

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


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


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


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

Alexah Boone

C/o 2021👩🏽‍🎓 Black Belt in Karate Dreams to be an Orthopedic surgeon. I love to make people smile because I believe everyone matters.

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