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In Quarantine

Now under quarantine, I think everyone is forced to do exactly that. The world is forced into a quietness that should have happened long ago, every day, all the time.

Under Quarantine is a poem written by Fatima Mae Mendoza and shared with The Ugly Writers under the theme One Step Forward Two Steps Back for the month of August.

 

Under Quarantine

 

 

So much noise, just so much noise.
I feel that quarantine has brought me
closer to other people, to everyone.
Like, we are all finally on the same page now.
I have spent my life attending to,
and cultivating, my inner world.

Moving outwards from what is within
my heart and within the deepest
recesses of my mind.”From-in-to-out”
has always been my mode of living.

I have always looked at everyone else
and thought that they fill their
hearts and their minds with
static noise, so much noise.

They feel things,
but then they can just go and
drown all of that in work immersion;
they have pressing issues on their minds,
but then they can just go and
drown the sounds of their own thoughts
in a one-night-stand;
they have wounds on their spirits,
but they can evade feeling those wounds
and healing them, by blowing themselves
into larger-than-life projections in a the
workplace, at school, on social media.

So much noise, just so much noise.
I feel as though, all my life,
I have been screaming at the world,
begging people to go inward,
to face their angels and their demons,
to know themselves.

Now under quarantine,
I think everyone is forced
to do exactly that.
The world is forced into a quietness
that should have happened long
ago, every day, all the time.

The quietness of retreating
into the knowledge of,
and the acquaintance with,
the mind, the heart.

I feel that now, at long last,
everybody else is on the
same page as myself.
Being alone in quarantine is
not mentally or emotionally
or spiritually difficult for me.
This is because I know the
person I am with, I know me.
And I miss her,
I miss everything in normal.

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Fatima Mae Mendoza

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