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Next Week’s Plans

Next Week’s Plans

Lauren Gregory

We will take field trips to the backyard and
name the leaves and
freestyle this whole
preschool learning thing.

Next week, we’ll try the beach or
the zoo, unless they’re delayed
a few weeks or
even a month or two.

Then the week after that and
the week after that,
I’ll turn my back and
let the screens do the parenting for me.

(And are these chunks of
hair I keep losing in the shower
from stress or
that bad at-home dye job from last week?)

But here I am now,
praying for a hurricane to
break up the monotony of
home and heat and sun.

Even a shoreline as beautiful as
the Gulf Coast cannot
help me feel like I’m escaping
this viral trap.

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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