Sickness, fear, precautions taken,
Order of the days is shaken.
Keeping distance, isolation
Sitting in our lonely stations.
Distance learning is the normal,
Laptops serving as our portal.
Screens we substitute for faces,
Books and magazines for places,
Keeping every person waiting
For the day we’ve all been fating.
Some will say it’s far too distant,
Others say it’s nonexistent.
I won’t listen to their folly
Pessimistic, never jolly.
Holding hope for someday’s morning
Casting out our masks and warning.
Waiting still with faith and patience,
Trusting in a God who’s gracious,
We will make it through the madness
Working through our current sadness.
Washing hands and staying distant
Only lasting for the instant
Longing for a normal someway
Looking back on all this someday
We’ll remember loss of order,
Bad reception, patience shorter.
Still I hope we learn this lesson:
Time we’re given is a blessing.
Lily Och, 17, of Burke, is an 11th grade student at Ad Fontes Academy in Centreville, which transitioned to distance learning on March 17.