Addicted Recovered

Stefani Boutelier

Smoking and polluting lungs                 Chewing gum and popping bubbles
  Hustling ganja on the corner            Dancing through grass at a concert
Sniffing snuff, stardust mind                 Smelling snapdragons on a walk
  Eyes glued to the dark web             Writing poetry for self or the masses
  Sipping each hour to gain freedom      Sit-ups, push-ups, moving to gain muscle
   Pills deadening the pain                            Meetings, meditating to awaken
  Posting positives to public media              Learning, connecting through virality
Ignoring signs and hiding feelings             Talking through the emotional labor
Chomping, vomiting, overconsumed        Moderating motions through balance
   Judging self through actions                 Shaming self through guilt
   Coping to ignore realities              Coping to understand possibilities


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Bridge the Distance: An Oral History of COVID-19 in Poems Copyright © 2021 by Stefani Boutelier is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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