Welcome to The Spot Writers. This month’s prompt is to write a story inspired by the phrase “back to normal.” It could be a pandemic-related story about getting back to normal, or one about not getting back to normal, or a story about something else entirely.
This week’s contribution comes from Cathy MacKenzie. Cathy’s novel, WOLVES DON’T KNOCK, a psychological drama, is available from her locally or on Amazon. MISTER WOLFE, the sequel, coming soon, as well as MY BROTHER, THE WOLF, the last of the series.
Back to Normal?
I thought for a little while
We were back to near normal—
At least here in Nova Scotia
With two active cases as of this writing
And a mere handful in the Maritimes—
Though I doubt the world will ever again be normal;
Perhaps it never was.
I was petrified when Covid first hit,
Didn’t leave the house for months,
And now when I venture out
All the fun has vaporized;
After going here and there
And avoiding masquerading peeps,
I yank the mask off my face
And get the blazes home.
Hinder breathing and
Make jaws sweat
And hide faces as if we’re gangstas,
Covering expressions, too—
Are we happy or sad
Or deceitfully dastardly?
For eyes don’t give true reflections,
And assumptions have dire consequences.
Stores are freaky and frightful:
Customers lined up,
Counted and herded through doors
Like cows going to slaughter,
Arrows like daggerly darts point the way,
But one misstep and
We’re screeched at like toddlers
About to walk into a fire.
Dining out ain’t enjoyable,
Sitting in plastic-covered booths
Void of decoration and condiments,
Reading limited choices on disposable menus,
And, oh, how disconcerting
The mask-wearing mannequins
That occupy off-limit tables and
Watching banditos entering and exiting,
Following directional arrows
As if imbeciles unable to find their way.
Everywhere we go:
Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize!
Keep two metres apart!
Masks are mandatory!
“Normal” is not back,
But for a short time I felt it was
And I was elated to be free,
But my heart’s dampened
And my mind’s dulled,
This new normal is not normal.
I’m gonna stay the blazes home!
The Spot Writers—Our Members:
Val Muller: http://www.valmuller.com/blog/
Catherine A. MacKenzie: https://writingwicket.wordpress.com/wicker-chitter/
Phil Yeats: https://alankemisterauthor.wordpress.com
Chiara De Giorgi: https://chiaradegiorgi.blogspot.com/