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A Collection of Poems by Nicole Bickel

Poem #1: The Virus

It hit hard.

The feeling was slow 

The depression sneaking in

It was gone for a while

Welcome back old friend

I am isolated once again.


Poem #2: The End

Slow at first

But it creeps along

I’ve lost myself

What’s going on?

My friends are scared

About the mask I wear

That hides my smile

That’s been a gone for a while

COVID ruined my chance

Don’t look back not a glance

That life is gone

You have to move on.


Poem #3: Isolation

I am stuck in my room

Stuck in my own head

Stuck in this hatred 

This monster had put the world behind a mask

But this is no robber

But it is robbing my teenage years

My Senior year

Down the suffering and draining years

All for a mask and isolation

For me to be trapped behind bars of my own mind.


Poem #4: Essential Worker

I am essential

I am here to help

I wear a mask

I wear gloves

I sweat all day

I ache and pain

I get bleach on my skin

I do this for you

I am essential

You walk in with no mask

You wear it improperly

You do not care

You are selfish

You are the reason people are dying 

You make me wear this mask

You put others in danger



Poem #5: Daylight Savings

Now here we are once again

But this time it gets darker

The light fades at 4:30

The golden glow fades faster

The darkness grows longer

Under curfew like a 16-year-old boy on the loose

But what about the hours being cut

The food I must put on the table

15 dollars is more than I can do for my family. 


Poem #6: Waves

The second wave 

Not a friendly gesture

More of one with dead silence

It’s gone

But then back in

In a matter of 9 months

We have done nothing

Egg-on the world

We are the best 

But yet not a simple solution

Put a mask on your vessel

But cough on your mother

The people know best

Especially in the U.S.


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