Cuantificando Lo Esencial
by Sandy Vázquez
For me, tackling this topic felt like a really nuanced task. I wanted to make sure that I honored the specific ways my family has navigated the pandemic while also acknowledging the privilege existing in our situation. Ultimately, my goal with this piece was to highlight the daily practices my family ritualized in an effort to personalize the global health crisis we are experiencing collectively.
Write a poem that begins by celebrating the "essential" people in your life. Then, if the opportunity arises while you are writing, describe the many ways we might protect those "essential" people from the threats they face.
_____ is essential, _____ is essential..."
"Vaccines are just one part of the solution. It doesn't require a vaccine to..."