Writing the Distance: Cam Leonard

The Covid 19 pandemic is isolating Alaskan writers. We can no longer attend workshops or public readings. The coffee bars where we met with other writers are closed. To bridge these physical gaps, 49 Writers is providing this on-line forum for Alaskans writing the distance. Cam Leonard provides today’s poem and photo.

By Cameron Leonard

We get up alone
Safe in our own homes
Under a lock-down.

We will not make tracks
Across the fresh snow
To our neighbors’ doors.

We can still go ski
But on ungroomed trails
Without company.

On the radio
We hear the numbers
And anxiety.

We are all waiting
For who knows how long;
Filling up hours

To get through the days,
While all the while snow
Continues to fall

And lies like a shroud
Draped over the earth
And around our hearts.

Cameron Leonard is a Fairbanks attorney who serves on the board of 49 Writers.

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