Lucy Poduschnik, a seventh grade student at Middlebury Union Middle School wrote these two poems, Her words reflect the experience that she and many of her peers are having during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I glance out the window hoping to see somebody,
The games are spread across the ground after being played over and over
I will myself to stay sane,
I pinch myself to see if maybe I am just dreaming,
Someone I hardly know stares back at me in the mirror,
A terrible bedhead,
pajamas with baggy knees after being worn all day,
square eyes from so much time on the computer,
Who is that?
I whisper to nobody in particular,
What have I become?
Will my friends remember what I look like?
Questions fill my head…
A single tear drips from my eye,
I miss my school,
I miss my friends,
I miss my life.
All school kids have them now,
After hours of staring at the computer,
Staying up later and later,
And waking up at noon,
The bags under a child’s eyes shouldn’t be that big, A child‘s skin shouldn’t be that pale —they should be in the sun;
Not typing or watching videos all day.
What are we supposed to do?
The teachers all say don’t worry about schoolwork so much;
It’s not a priority.
Yet we get SO much work,
Inboxes flooded with emails,
Loads of work waiting to be done,
The kids sitting at the computer.
Square eyes sitting at the computer.
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