Meaning Poetry

What If

The possibility of a new normal
maybe even

What will it be like to be shaken,
Jobs taken,
Economy breakin,
Quarantined, locked down, 
With only the questions that matter?

Wondering whether we’ll catch it,
Whether our loved ones will catch it,
Whether our dreams still mean anything,
Or if this is the beginning of the end of this 
strange project called civilization –
what if we go through this, and

Will we now
see in the tumbling red ticker tape of the Dow,
The mind virus that got us here
and the machine that eats the world?
Will facing the bottomless vacuum
of pretend value

Will we, in this time – 
With time
we’ve never had
open to our real feelings?

What happens if we won’t?

What would shift, 
in ourselves,
in our world,
if we got ruthlessly real
With our own mortality? What happens if we don’t?

How would it feel, 
after all this,

With our certainty revoked
by a microscopic grace

Our futures pried open

The possibility of a new normal
maybe even 

Of one last shot at 
meaning, healing, or wholeness
Or art
or love

To give our stillness

To Netflix and toilet paper?

Friends, what happens if we don’t let this change us?

And then again, what happens if we do?

Kristopher Drummond

By Kristopher Drummond

Kristopher Drummond is a 29 year old man working as a writer, photographer, and creative coach in his hometown of Bozeman, Montana.