from a long, deep sleep.
I open my eyes to see the world.
I can barely breathe.
My chest is tight, heavy.
My forehead hot.
I don’t know!
Through the window,
the sky is glorious and cerulean.
The sun looks at me and glows.
But it does not smile like before!
Where are the birds?
Where is their early-morning song?
They used to fight over partners in that high tree.
They no longer fall in love?
The once-crowded street is empty:
No stray dogs barking and chasing cats.
No cats hunting mice.
No mice skittering through the trash.
Not even trash in front of houses,
waiting to be collected.
A ghost town?
A haunted neighborhood?
What is the matter?
I am shackled in here
No, no, no!
I wake up from my sleep.
It was just a nightmare.
I am alive, with no corona.
The neighborhood is not abandoned.
But for how long?