A high school senior discusses the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on education, social dynamics, and mental health, with insight into how students feel about and are reacting to quarantine.
"Take a seat," - Never before have I heard those floorboards creak / Not a whisper / They, like everyone else here, concede to being walked all over . . .
"The Druid" - They began service under covenant / A pledge official and not, signatories considered blessed, of mutual benefit . . .
Settle down and talk to the person you're with. Both of you have come a long way to be before one another today.
"Invisible for a day" - Raindrops pattered when I woke up / It was so wonderful seeing them outside, / I just had to leave that room . . .
"The Pacifist" - I want to win this war. / I've fought for many months, had victories and defeats / All to eventually realize that / the only step I need take / is to not fight at all. . . .
"In the heart of the Earth" - Pellucid beads of terran ichor trace eroded rock / They travel in a long destiny of perpetuity / Humble to continue a beautiful journey that will never end . . .
Charles and I are overworked, underappreciated, and exhausted. There's nothing with us tonight except the emptiness in our hearts and the beauty of the nightly city.
"Cosmic" - It is cosmic / The weight of what we are up against / The cold, unforgiving darkness of the void / That cares not for who we are / What we are . . .
"Choosing a tattoo" - The permanence of a tattoo is terrifying / How am I supposed to dedicate myself / to this symbol / for the rest of my life / when, for my entire life . . .