After all this

It started innocently enough
Those fingers entwined in my pant leg
(tugging fervently for attention)
Wide eyes and machine gun mouth
Rattling off question after question
Keen on getting to the point
Of why we should ban bedtime

You remember now how best to hide

Behind the closet door for just a moment of silence

Spyglass neighbors

Having not left home since mid March
I feel it wise to inform you
Of how limited the value
Of work
And what that means to be ‘essential’

I can tell you living adrift
Of all the paradigm shifts
Wouldn’t leave much room
With all that mulling about

Painted walls absent-minded
Given fresh coats
& shown the door

Open invitation