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The coronavirus inspired me to write in praise of home schooling — but not the way you think

Colorado authors, thinkers and readers share their thoughts on living through historic times as the state fights the progress of coronavirus

In Praise of Home School 

I see my neighbor through the aspen tree.
Usually in suit & heels at a desk downtown 
now she’s home in baggy sweats, intent 
on deconstructing a pile of delivery boxes 
creating a cardboard idol to order.

On a walk, a grey brush rabbit
sits half-in, half-out of a hedge. 
His nose pulsates; mine feels 
red & hot under a makeshift mask.
I give him social distance, as he
waits for what might happen next.  

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This stretch of isolation conjures
images from childhood, when time
was a pleasure to kill – swaying
in a hammock of faded quilts, absorbed
in the lackadaisical dance of clouds 
casements of mind open wide. 

Some say shelter-at-home is a wasteland
of boredom bathed in cathode rays 
of ruminating on things long hid – 
slackened bonds of coupledom
slender reeds of habit
how family depletes us. 

I say – we are being home schooled.
The world has been too fast
too loud too much for too long.
We are blinking, peering at the
frightened eyes of the front-line
the carnage of the microscopic 
the myth of endless progress.

Praise the lesson: earth is not ours
we are not master of anything. 

Anna Dunlap is a poet, community volunteer, and executive coach living in Denver.

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