A Simpler Time (Ode to 2019)
I remember a simpler time, not so long ago
Before a manufactured virus threatened us so.
You could shake a hand or give a hug
Without any fear of spreading the bug.
When the only time I needed to wear a mask
Was in Tennessee while cutting the grass.
No one freaked out if you coughed or sneezed,
Senior citizens could roam as they pleased.
When we could run to Wal-Mart in the middle of the night
and an abundance of toilet paper was always in sight.
There were no stickers to show us where to stand in line,
About a foot between seemed just fine.
A time when stadiums could be filled with fans
Of sports teams and rock bands.
In New York City, hot dog carts lined the streets
And Broadway shows sold out all the seats.
Back before I cared about politics,
Before the evening news made me sick.
When unemployment was at an all time low,
Before small businesses were forced to close.
Back when I believed the government was fair,
Before the onset of gray hair.
Those are the times I hold so dear
It wasn’t so long ago, only a year.