The Tale of Two Worlds

I’ve been thinking
about the luxury
of a simple routine–
a steady job
working mostly from home;
exercise, cooking,
and space in between.
It’s a good one,
this routine.

At the same time,
I’ve been thinking about
how others are losing
their dreams.
So in this predictable
tale of two worlds,
from here on the fortunate side,
I’m simply bearing witness
instead of turning a blind eye.

Notes from the interview that inspired this poem:

“I’ve been thinking a lot about how much COVID seems to have amplified however people were doing beforehand. If you were doing well, you’re probably doing even better; if you were not doing well, you’re probably doing a lot worse,” he said. As a physician, he had been bearing witness to a lot of people whose struggles had only been made worse. “I don’t think this is anything new…it’s the tale of two worlds,” he said. “I may not have a house in the Hamptons, but I am on the really, really, really fortunate side. I have a steady job. I’m able to work from home, exercise, and cook. I’m in a routine — a good one. I realize it’s a luxury not everyone has,” he said.

Interviewee: Anonymous
Listener Poet: Jenny Hegland

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