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Post-Covid Paradise

Post-Covid Paradise

Claire Massey

Though I did admire the artistry
of costumed humanity, the sunny arc of beads
defying gravity,

the raucous throng of carnival,
the collective roar of Mardi Gras
was not my Shangri-la.

My idea of paradise was                        
an umbrella drink on an empty beach,                            
a day alone writing to my heart’s content,
a solo voyage on a Sunfish,
the thrill of distance diminishing
hails from a crowded shore.

Now, heaven would be a parade,
friends hugging,
strangers’ shoulders touching,
hands joining ‘round the same shiny throw,
then swiftly spreading
open-throated, open-handed
letting go.

Life in the Time of Corona

Within weeks after March 11, 2020 World Health Organization’s declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, West Florida Literary Federation offered its writers a catharsis. By April, regional writers were submitting words and images to preserve this time in history. The ongoing project began with Phase I, a special edition of The Legend published in May. It featured more than thirty juried submissions. Life in the Time of Corona continues with Phase II, updated as submissions are accepted. Here are the voices of health care workers, poets, essayists, historians, and the images of artists and photographers, documenting this time in Northwest Florida's history. The ongoing project ends with the advent of a vaccine or declaration by the World Health Organization.

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