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The Mask I wear



By: Alberto Jalalon


Would you care

To wear a mask?

A simple request

That saves a life


Year twenty twenty

Looked a year that was

Of promise, of hope

And fear to boot


It started great

Nary a worry

Life's a bliss

Ours to partake


Then came a virus

Now called COVID-19

Our lives upended

Joys curtailed


It started simply

Cases sparingly

But then it blossomed

A pandemic was born


First came hospitalizations

Deaths door came knocking

Alarms bells now sounded

It's spread we must curtail


Death toll now mounting

A great burden to bear

New words known

Social distancing and lock downs


And so I ask

How can I help?

The answer came simply

A mask you must wear


And so now

A mask I wear

For facts, not fear

That drives me so


Masks protect both wearer

And those near

Mask up

Keep your family safe


For truly now

A mask I wear

Because I care

Would you wear yours?