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Smoke Or COVID

Updated: Oct 1, 2022

(Note: This piece was written for AIR week of the class It's Elemental, My Dear. The prompt I chose was "What makes you catch your breath?")



We open the windows.


My daughter coughs. She catches her breath. We wonder who’s air she shared to become infected. I had begged her to wear a mask. Our degrees of separation from the virus were lessening each week. We had miraculously managed to dodge it for this long. But she is tired of masks. She has come of age during a pandemic.

An entire year stuck at home in our new d