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staring through a computer screen

eyes straining

videos buffering

pets barking and meowing


pressing the mute button

then clicking unmute

back on mute again


wishing i could reach through the screen

point to something

sit side by side

laugh and chat without having to schedule it


but in an alternate universe

one without zoom, skype, microsoft teams

i wouldn’t have met marcel and felicitas

my passion for women’s empowerment would be like a feather

a nice thought floating in the space of my mind

but not yet a reality


as cases rise and the future becomes more and more uncertain

i worry (and rightfully so)

but even still i’m hopeful


we’re learning together,

working together,

laughing and crying together,

making change together