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A Muted Life

A Muted Life

Patricia Edmisten

Jade Sea

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A Muted Life

Life now is muted, subdued,
like an out-of-focus photo
or seeing a masterpiece through a veil
like breathing country-fresh air through a mask
or seeing the shadow of a tree on a gray winter day
like a melody you can’t quite retrieve
or twilight sleep during surgery
like a term paper you’ll never finish
or a plot you can’t follow
like a virus that endures.

Patricia Edmisten


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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