Paula Ososki: The innocent face mask |

Paula Ososki: The innocent face mask

A face mask, a covering,

it is of service.

Protecting the body,

its only purpose.

This symbol of safety,

allows pursuing,

support health-care workers,

all they are doing.

Wearing no mask, I ask?

“Why would you do this?”

No loved ones to care for?

What has gone amiss?


lost through your action,

will weigh on your shoulders,

conflict … reaction.

A grandpa and grandma,

family so dear.

Have they slipped from your heart?

Without one small tear?

You are community,

one with all others,

to nuture each person,

sisters and brothers.

A carrier, a cough …

you, unprotected.

What reasons could you have,

unmasked, objected.

Are you so defiant,

that you’ve lost your way?

Please reach out to others.

Make this a new day.

Wash your hands, wear a mask.

Wish we could do more,

This pandemic is now.

Death knocks at your door.

Paula Ososki

Grass Valley

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