Poetry by Charles Joseph

Adapting To A Mask

Talking with a mask on is a nuisance.
I open my mouth, I speak
Well into my conversation, I taste
Dry cloth folding in-between my lips
Kissing my tongue

In the instant before speaking
My Flight senses activate
“This is not normal! Is this what we’ve evolved to?”

Talking with a mask on is a hazard of life
And I hope you had forgotten your specs, but either way
You’re blind.
Fume starts clouding your vision
Tripping on isle five—vegetable station.
How to explain to the smiling essential worker

Why logs of yam
Boomerang plantain
Droplets of taro
Rocks of potato
All piled on the floor.
With a broken phone, unfit human
Loose leaves floating, onto the ceramic

Wearing these CDC-recommended masks is a ridicule
My ears being pushed forward like a monkey
We’re all walking around looking like a monkey
And the pain at the back of the ear is an unending story
I did not survive the hunting and gathering for this.

The air behind this mask is different.
Breathing wants to feel like
Inhaling through a stack of hay.
My body has to remind itself,
“You’re okay.”
You don’t have to activate your flight Tendency.

Because at least you can breathe,
At least you can see
At least you can hear
At least you can speak
At least you’re alive.

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11 responses to “Adapting To A Mask”

  1. That is super timely. I have to wear a mask at work. I know it’s not fun, but I understand that it’s safer doing so. Hopefully, you don’t have to deal with too many covidiots running around.

    1. HAHAHAHA I just wanna say that I LOVE the word, “Covidiots” hahahaha 🙂 but sadly, yes! I deal with covidiots EVERYDAY at my job. For some reason, when I tell them that they cannot enter without a mask, it is as if I speak a language that does not make sense to them urrrgggg

      1. Thanks! I didn’t invent that word, but I’ve been seeing it pop up over the past few months. The first time I heard it was when that one guy licked a whole row of deodorants at a store. Sorry to hear that you had to deal with Covidiots everyday. I’ve had to deal with a few from time to time. Pardon the reference involving a certain 90s copycat of a 60s anime villain, but it sounds like both of us had moments where we were surrounded by covidiots. It annoys me so much when people don’t want to wear masks at public places.

        1. It’s really very unfortunate. But I think at this point, the best we can do is wear our masks and keep ourselves safe! And screw that guy who licked the deodorant omggg!!!

          1. Very much so. I definitely agree.

            I know, right? It was beyond facepalm-worthy!

            1. BEYOND IT!!! urrrggg

              1. I hear ya right there. Covidiots ruin it for everyone.

  2. Love this little take on why adapting to wearing a mask is important and necessary! The last lines resonate with me most.

    1. It is absolutely necessary. I’d rather be alive, although uncomfortable for a short time

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