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Claire adjusted herself in the wheelchair, finding a slightly more comfortable position. She tucked her wavy brown hair behind her ears and secured her mask. The new hip was a blessing even if it was a year late and the hospital experience was chaos. Fortunately her room was on the west side and she didn’t have to tolerate the noise of hostile protesters below. A perky porter approached, raising her eyebrows to smile.

“Your lucky day! Glad to be going home?”

“Absolutely”, replied Claire as she texted her husband, confirming pick up.

“Ignore the absurdity as we exit”, said the porter. “One of these days, I swear I will lose patience….then my job. “

Claire grinned under wrap. “So if all do their duty, they need not fear harm?”

“Nah”, said the porter. “I won’t stoop to it”.

The double doors opened to mindless roars.

Ingrid is hosting Prosery at dVerse Poets Pub. She has shared with us the life and work of William Blake. We must include the line “So if all do their duty, they need not fear harm.” from his poem, The Chimney Sweeper.

18 responses »

  1. The current situation is mind-blowing, Mish! You summed it up well in this short piece.

    • It is truly mind-blowing, Ingrid. Makes me very fearful of where we are going next.
      A comment for your piece (as I’m still having trouble posting on your blog). Hopefully someday we will figure out this glitch! 🙂

      ” Love the way you present the topic. The “nervous glance”, adjustment of glasses…wonderful details that so casually create the scene.”

  2. Mish it feels like we are in the middle of a situation that’s going to get worse before it gets better.

    • Yes, absolutely. Living on the border, I do a lot of comparisons. Michigan population: approx. 10 million with close to 7,000 new cases a day. Ontario population approx.14.5 million with 600-700 per day. Here, masks are mandatory anywhere public indoors. Honestly, I have never seen anyone without one. Self distancing is still the norm. Vaccines are still climbing. I have hope and I pray for both of our countries!

      • Wow that is a radical difference in the two sides of the border.

      • Yes, the serious approach and compliance has paid off. A lot of differences throughout the pandemic. I haven’t eaten inside a restaurant since the beginning of 2020. Starting next week, all restaurants, bars, gyms, etc.will require proof of full vaccination.

      • GOOD. Did you see what the Pope ruled? I just heard from my daughter in-law but haven’t gotten more info on it yet. He’s telling Catholics don’t use the religious waiver to avoid getting vaccinated. The hospital chain my son works for is Catholic-based and has given all staff an ultimatum: if they aren’t vaccinated by 9/21 they are fired.

  3. You portray the craziness of our current world so well, Mish.

  4. I feel incredibly stupid, Mish, but what were they protesting against? Could you please clue me in?


    • Sorry David, I think that part was a bit vague, after looking at it again.
      The protest was regarding masks, vaccines…..anything actually helpful in a pandemic. I was inspired by a friend who told me as she left the hospital the other day after surgery, a porter told her that she is met outside daily by protestors throwing masks at her.

  5. Clockstoppingly presented. Someday, those of us who survive will look back, shake our heads.

  6. You captured the insanity perfectly!

  7. I cannot even understand what the protests are all about.

  8. The sign of our time …. this is beautifully penned.

  9. This is powerfully depicted, Mish! I can’t believe the protests going on against the use of vaccines and masks.. Covid is hardly over .. we still have to protect ourselves.


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