After Quarantine Ends

After Quarantine Ends

A Poem by Marie Anzalone
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English translation of a poem I wrote in Spanish.

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Take a trip. We all need

a change, a break. From ourselves

the house, our spouses, the same

4 rooms. Well, pick a direction

and go. If you find yourself

by chance in New York City,

eat a hot dog, with everything,

from a street vendor in Central Park.

Your life will not have meaning

if you do not. Believe me.

And do not eat sushi bought

in a gas station- are you insane?

You did not survive a pandemic

to die this way. That is like traveling

to Italy to order a hamburger;

or worse, visiting Boston to order

Manhattan clam chowder. God

might not condemn you to hell

but the locals absolutely will. No.

If you eat sushi in New York, look for

a place with a sign whose letters

you cannot read. For real, you should

search out all kinds of food prepared

by a chef who does not speak

your own language, all that well.

Your chapter in the book your children

will write tomorrow depends on

your spirit of adventure, today.

Quarantine is just a good excuse.

 

 

© 2021 Marie Anzalone


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This poetry can be another reason: 'Why writers are weird or may be called nerds' - isn't what an average people call us writer with such words - Right? A couple of lines are deep as such:

"God might not condemn you to hell but the locals absolutely will."

During such trying times; and on-going situation, it's obviously not that reasonable to visit from NY to Italy and then Boston to Manhattan even gov. not gonna permit, perhaps once the lockdown ends - would situation remain that same or not? - this is quite a topic of global discussion.

Though, your poetry is a nice foreplay to have one's heart travel across the oceans... in words.. and imaging the time.. how it was before lockdown; and dreaming the days thinking... how would it be after the end of lockdown/quarantine or such pandemic.

Good to see someone wrote something on such trendy topic (s).

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This poetry can be another reason: 'Why writers are weird or may be called nerds' - isn't what an average people call us writer with such words - Right? A couple of lines are deep as such:

"God might not condemn you to hell but the locals absolutely will."

During such trying times; and on-going situation, it's obviously not that reasonable to visit from NY to Italy and then Boston to Manhattan even gov. not gonna permit, perhaps once the lockdown ends - would situation remain that same or not? - this is quite a topic of global discussion.

Though, your poetry is a nice foreplay to have one's heart travel across the oceans... in words.. and imaging the time.. how it was before lockdown; and dreaming the days thinking... how would it be after the end of lockdown/quarantine or such pandemic.

Good to see someone wrote something on such trendy topic (s).

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This poem sends a good message. We all need a break from what's been going on, indeed. tyfs

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

We should take changes but good ones not gas station sushi lol we should be adventurous and live a little. Embrace something new and life changing. Try foods that authentic to where you are at. Wonderful job on this poem

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This was a great poem. I cant wait until we can get back to the simple pleasures of life. It reminded me of how disrespectful it is to ask for ketchup on a hot dog in Chicago. The images put a smile on my face.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

the biggest drop in life expectancy since world war 2. I know, just another statistic, and another eccentric apsis that points our orbits farthest from the center of our attractions. But I believe in what your saying here which is far more than just exploration. But to conduct ourselves as a new kind of painting amongst this dim ,water colored exhibition. I will take your advice even if it kills me....lol.. dana

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Very well said. We are all sick of this arent we? I miss restaurants....and hugs...

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Cannot wait to board a plane and head off somewhere different, somewhere different with sun, voices I do not understand, menus I cannot read, this all played out to the sound of laughter and live music...bliss :)

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chefs often shout, ' Better the devil you know. ~. than the man who can't speak his language!.'

What you've posted makes utter sense plus, there are touches of dry wit, intentional or not. Is like wearing cotton in Winter and wondering why frostbite hits. (Best unlikely comparison I can think as dawn decides it might as well wake up!) Seems your writing can instruct in very serious tones.. or make valid points in this more light hearted way.. whichever.. is good to see you in the cafe, seemingly relaxed for now. Hope so. Take care, keep safe, R., and hello, been how many years we've passed in the night?!

' Your chapter in the book your children ~ will write tomorrow depends on ~ your spirit of adventure, today. ~ Quarantine is just a good excuse.'

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Exactly my thoughts. Personally speaking, I intend to share my sharing tapas with the locals in a small town on the border of Spain and France. Can't wait.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Indeed, the old paths are secure, but they can become prisons.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Marie Anzalone
Marie Anzalone

Xecaracoj, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala



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Bilingual (English and Spanish) poet, essayist, novelist, and technical writer working in Central America. "A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start argume.. more..

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