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Distance Gathering

Title

Distance Gathering

Description

In Old Bennington Village, I was setting up a video conference for my AAUW (American Association of University Women) Scribble Sisters writing group. And I was struck by how different video conferencing with friends who live nearby is from pre-virus normal.

Creator

Kathy Wagenknecht

Date

April 14, 2020

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Text

it’s all the rage
to beat isolation
in virtual meetings with friends
given my age
and past education
I’m not really pleased with the trend
of seeing your face
of hearing your voice
yet missing the warmth of your touch
in today’s viral place
there isn’t much choice
we distance ourselves from such
face-to-face meetings
to flatten the curve
oh even the semblance of you
smiling with greetings
bolsters my nerve
I’ll see you tomorrow on Zoom

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Citation

Kathy Wagenknecht, “Distance Gathering,” COVID-19 Archive, accessed January 15, 2021, https://covid-19.digitalvermont.org/items/show/102.

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