The plague-fested fray
of current existence
never seems to lessen you

I seek out your little wisdoms
when I need a reminding
that life has more meaning
than this year would suggest

As you go out to play –
little rainbow mask
covering your mouth –
nothing can hide the giant inside you

‘Daddy,’ you ask,
eyes full of big wishes
‘when this thing is over
Can we touch our friends?’




(For my daughter)


POEM: Copyright © Iz Mazano

PICTURE: Photo by Fungai Tichawangana on FungaiFoto

I am writing 30 Poems in November to support the Center for New Americans which provides English language classes, education support and legal services assistance for immigrants in Western Massachusetts. Please see my campaign page to support this cause. Thank you, Iz.


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