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Patience: The Broken Key That Only Locks (a sonnet)

posted Apr 3, 2020, 10:25 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 10:26 AM ]

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted April 3rd, 2020


Patience: The Broken Key That Only Locks


Spent seven days on a six word memoir,

I never thought I would run out of words.

Quarantine locked them up in an armoire,

all former thoughts flew away with the birds.

“Patience is the key,” that’s what I’ve been told,

but I can’t just sit and wait out the storm.

I must weather it so I can take hold

and reshape the pliant thoughts that lost form.

Words are hard to find, harder to retain,

so I must prepare for the valiant quest.

I’ll take on this flood of pandemic rain,

I’m not a hero, but I’ll pass the test.

I’m a girl missing the thoughts in her head,

words, unlike viruses, need to be spread.


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