Fourteen students submitted their work to Your Words, Your Poem: The Coronavirus and Me, a local contest sponsored by the Maquoketa Art Experience and the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press. The contest, in honor of National Poetry Month in April, was an opportunity for students to express their feelings about the effects this pandemic has had on them. The MAE and Sentinel Press thank all the students who participated. They did a great job! The categories were students 8 to 11 and 12 to 18. Following are the poems submitted.
Trying to stay focused is the key
The coronavirus and me, I miss all of
my teachers, friends and even PE
I just want my family and I to stay coronavirus free
Be confident and brave just like me
We are all in this together always and forever
Spend quality time with your family like me.
Let your prayers set you free
Just relax and have a cup a tea
The virus will soon flee
My life changed with the covid sickness, because I had to stay home all the time.
I could not go to school and see my friends, because of Covid 19.
My family cannot go out to eat at a restaurant, because of the Corona Virus.
Only my mom goes to the store to get food because she doesn’t want me to get sick.
Because I am home, I get to spend more time with my bunny and dog.
I also have time to organize my bedroom and toys just how I want them.
I get to stay up later and sleep in now because school was cancelled for the rest of year.
I am spending more time outside planting a garden, having picnics in the yard, and playing with my sisters.
I miss my friends, school and shopping, but I am happy with spending more time with my family.
6th grade (Maquoketa)
Some of the troubles we have today
Here are a few things
I’d like to say
I feel like I am in jail
I really need to bail
Please help me out
I just want to shout
I wish I was in school
Being all cool
I do all the chores
Like scrubbing the floors
Fighting with my brother
Totally loving my mother
This Quarantine sucks
That is just my luck
This is a poem about covid 19,
It could go all the way to Halloween.
Stay inside and don’t go out,
It’s not a joke so don’t go about.
Don’t forget to disinfect,
Get materials to protect.
Wash your hands with soap and water,
Otherwise it will be here forever.
4th grade (Sabula)
We are living in a time
Where going out is a crime.
To support those on the frontline
We will keep in line.
So do your part
And stay apart.
6th grade (Miles)
Make sure you stay home.
We are stuck in quarantine.
Can’t go anywhere.
Canceled all my plans.
Spreading all around the world.
Schools closed for the year.
I miss all my friends.
All the fun things we can’t do.
All the parks are closed.
Coughing is a symptom of this bad virus.
Ongoing is this virus that is making people feel bad and sad
Running around at the park is wrong.
On benches and playground equipment the virus lays
No touching anything in public
At the store kids cannot be
Victims of this virus can die.
In time it will hopefully go away.
Roaming around in hospitals are doctors and nurses
Us together will fight for our country
Sickness is really bad this time.
C oughing alot
O ver the whole world
R emember to wash your hands
O nly mom goes to the store
N obody can come over
A lways bored except my Birthday
V ery thankful for my sisters
I miss my friends
R eally hope I don’t get it
U se hand sanitizer
S till haveto do school
A nd chores
N o library
D on’t get to swim at the Y
M ade my own Birthday Cake
E veryone stay home
C atchy and contagious
R esparitory virus
I solated from my friends
R unning out of things to do
S ocial distancing sucks
A void others
N o toilet paper
D angerous and deadly
E veryone is praying for healing
Ages 12 to 18 Category
I’m trapped inside with nowhere to go,
People all around saying they just don’t know.
I have so many feelings left unclosed,
And am left longing for the knowledge of when doors will no longer be closed.
Am I prepared for what the future may bring?
With a part of the year still feeling like it needs finishing,
And even with the beauty of the spring,
The world still seems so very unclean.
Feelings of sadness brought up from all the memories missed;
Wishing for a way to end all this.
But you know what they say, after every storm there comes a rainbow.
And even though we have to stay six feet apart,
After this all ends we’ll be closer at heart.
It’s like the apocalypse has started.
People have boarded their doors,
Stocked their shelves,
Difference though, there’s no zombies...
Or toilet paper.
The virus has taken over,
And there’s no antidote
to cure it.
It cages the land in an
Letting no one go free.
So we stay far away,
From it and from each other.
Family and friends
for the greater good.
To stop the Virus’s reign.
Time is faster than before,
And also slower.
The days blend together,
In a cycle of similar acts.
These actions, whatever
they may be, are necessary
For our recovery.
Our nurses and doctors work tirelessly,
As should we.
There will be a day,
When we can visit our friends,
Have parties in the sun,
But til then...
Follow the guidelines,
And most importantly, wash your hands!
16 (Lost Nation)
Lungs are built to be strong.
They’re built to be resistant against threats to the human body.
But sometimes there are threats that you can’t prepare for.
You can’t prepare for hundreds of thousands of people dying.
You can’t prepare for cities shutting down.
You can’t prepare for your entire life being turned upside down.
You’re told to replace the most important things in your life.
FaceTime your friends, don’t meet up with them.
Join zoom calls, don’t go to school.
Stay home, don’t leave.
You can only prepare for so much. You can only replace things so much. Until you can’t.
Riding my bike,
I was so glad
That the new illness
Hadn’t made me sad
Then along comes my mom
‘The park across the street’,
‘Is closed to everyone’
And then I read
The sign across the entrance
That boldly said,
‘City Parks Are Closed’
And I fled
Into my house I ran
I cried and cried
‘God, what is this?’
But soon I sighed
As I realized
That God is in charge
He still cares for me
When my problems seem large
7th grade (Maquoketa)
Some freaked out
They started hoarding and storing
Full of doubt
That we will not get together
Some didn’t care
They hung out with their friends
Going around elsewhere
But, we are all scared
But, we all care
We are all in this together
This will not last forever
It won’t be all bliss
It won’t be all joy
But we can get through this
So we can once again enjoy
Our time together
After, we can congregate
We can get together
It will soon be great
Forever and ever