Imagine

There is a building over there that I have never been inside of

It might sound crazy, but there are some streets in my city that I have never driven on either.

I wonder sometimes when I can go wandering in my own backyard; when can I see those mysterious places that have eluded me for so long?

Everyday I work. I get up in the morning. I get ready for work. I work. I go home. I watch television. I eat. Play with my dog. Grade. Go to bed. And I dream.

I dream about airplanes falling from the sky. I dream about my parents driving around. I dream about living in this massive house with several rooms. I dream about monsters coming after me. Then I wake up, exhausted and start the day over again.

When will I be able to see the animals at the zoo again? When can I sit in the park and listen to nothing?

I remember a time when I didn’t feel so restless or tired. I want that again. I need that again.

Imagine breathing again! Imagine looking at everyone with a smile on your face and when they ask “How are you?” You can answer: “I’m feeling energized!”

Oh, COVID. Oh, pandemic. Oh, working online.

Author: L.S. Watson

Hi. My name is L.S. Watson, and I'm an English teacher at a charter high school. I enjoy traveling (my favorite places are Rome and Paris), writing poetry, and watching documentaries. I have a lovable yet stubborn Yorkie-Poo named Chuy.

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