Monica Schwafaty

Anxiety creeps in
An incessant cough takes over
It’ll be a mess
I’m not prepared
How do I use Google Meet again?
What if a student acts out?
How many will show up
Does that mean
I’m a bad teacher
Urgh…I miss being in the classroom
This is not teaching
I miss the connection
When is this going to be over?!

It wasn’t so bad
It was actually quite fun
Google Meet, I love you
I loved “seeing” MY kids
The connection is back
We are a “family”
Some were quiet
Others were cheerful
Some were sleepy
Others ready to make jokes
One had Rex, his guinea pig
Who knew? In 8th grade?
An unexpected guest
but simply adorable
Anxiety is gone
Cough is better
Excited for tomorrow


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

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