This holiday there are empty chairs
at our table, fewer cards to write,
online contactless shopping.
We watch old black and white movies
decorate our home with icicle lights,
Christmas trees, red and green garlands.
Since March, we’ve isolated,
practiced social distancing,
cleaned every cupboard and closet.
While sheltering in place,
we grow accustomed to simplicity,
solitude, return to the basics.
In the past, we traveled to reunite
with our scattered tribes,
this year only gather through Zoom.