Nothing is as it should be.
No more dessert and coffee parties
For girlfriends who are no longer girls
At 60 years and beyond.
Smiling faces boxed up on a computer screen,
Like the treasured gifts
that they are.
To lift the spirits
Family potluck holiday meals
Give way to Google Meet
No crowds in stores at the mall
Hours alone online scrolling,
Christmas Mass without friends,
God’s message of love now enters my heart
Through the life-giving stream
Nothing is as it was.
And all is well
—Lydia A. Marrufo