Oh Quarantine, I will always (maybe, sometimes) love you.
I’ve watched you kill people near and dear to me. I’ve watched you place the fear into their eyes. Despite all the horrid torment that you brought with you, caused a tidal wave of fluorescent electricity that has raised the vibrational identities of the guitarists, poets, teachers, nurses, artists like me and you.
Qu-tie! I will always (MAYBE. SOMETIMES.) love you, because you have forced humans to have a little f****** humility. I watched a man let an elderly couple cut him in line at the grocery store because they had less in their basket than he did.
Q-worry-tine… I will always (maybe… sometimes…) love you. It’s been over 52 days, I’m an essential worker, so I still have to go out in this. I am my grandmother’s caregiver and I can’t even hug her anymore. I can’t even give her a kiss on her cheek goodbye and that hurts me to my core.
You have taught me to be brave in the midst of fear; to develop in a time of discipline. You have taught me to be steadfast, but also to allow myself to be weak in a time of quarantine. You have taught me that it is alright to let down my guard and maybe to let down my hair too. You’ve taught me the darkness of the world as well as the darkness of people in the blink of an eye.
You have taught me how to care about… me. I think I’ve written and painted more times now than I ever have before in my life. Sometimes, I feel like a kid again, home on a snow day with my pajamas and a cup of milk.
Quarantine! I don’t want to love you for what you are, but maybe, sometimes, I will love you for what gave birth to:
A Virtual Artists’ Movement in a time of anguish and pain; sharing art and love within virtual reality.
Crystal Davis is a mixed media artist and freelance writer, editor, and social media marketer. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey and is the author and creator at Crystal Letters and the Co-Producer of OpenRoad Poetry. Her art and writing projects, Crystal Letters and OpenRoad Poetry, have collaborated with local arts non-profit organizations and artists across the Tri-State area. Her work has been published in several print and online publications, including MookyChick, In Her Words from Thinking in Full Color (2019), Emerging Poets 2019 and 2018 from Z Publishing, Megazine Vol. II (2017), Unapologetic Women (2017), and PATHS from New Jersey City University (2015). Her work is inspired by nature, color, and the utilization of practical craft through art in the visual and written form.