These Lonely Bones
The pandemic isn’t over. Many disabled and chronically ill people have experienced isolation their entire lives, but since this pandemic’s start — and perceived end — that loneliness has reached new levels.
Alone They complained Alone isn’t healthy Alone isn’t the way we were meant to be For me It’s familiar But not familiar in the way a home is Familiar like the dark Known but unknown Comforting, yet unsettling In a different light My bones are lonely Built in isolation In a chamber The world looked on As I looked through the glass Vanishing In everyone’s sight
As a chronically ill and disabled writer, I felt compelled to speak on the ongoing isolation disabled folks experience thanks to reduced masking, testing, and vaccinations.
Annie Proctor is a songwriter turned social media copywriter. She has nearly five years of professional writing experience with brands including Disney, Samsung and Sephora and a public relations degree from the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. She has ghostwritten bylines for executives that have been published by major online outlets, written speeches that move audiences and managed social media content for beauty brands with an audience of more than 3 million.