ISOLATED: A Poem About One Long Beach Student's Senior Year During Quarantine

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JUN. 9, 2021 / BY TIFFANY RAWLS

In this poem, Cal State Long Beach alum Tiffany Rawls writes about what it was like to experience her senior year during quarantine. Isolated Shut down Not like the computer With a screen That’s always glaring Not like the thoughts In my mind That are forever racing How did I get here Where do I go How have I become this This isn’t the me I know I am lost, drifting Sinking and never seeing Weighed down by papers By conversations Reflected in the mirror Of a screen I can’t escape I am trapped In this nothing Overwhelmed and understated Breaking free Wanting something Overhead yet undercover Buried deep within me Somehow, somewhere Don’t care what’s next Just have to get there Unclear, this direction Though the hope The determination Is a sign there’s no forever Of sickness and death And darkness and fear That’s out to get Everything I’ve ever known Because I am safe In this isolated cold Anchored by the weights That suffocate me

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