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Distance Gathering


Distance Gathering


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.


Kathy Wagenknecht


April 14, 2020

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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



Kathy Wagenknecht, “Distance Gathering,” COVID-19 Archive, accessed July 12, 2024,