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Many in the dental community have been affected by COVID-19 and want to share their stories.

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The 2020 Quarantine – Dr. Thomas J. Donahue

The 2020 quarantine.
It’s positively byzantine.
Cooped up just like a submarine
and doing things quite unforeseen.

The window view’s the same old scene:
the tree out front’s an evergreen.
Not buying so much gasoline.
Long walks are now a new routine.

It’s interesting what you glean
by staring at the TV screen:
I’ve watched some tours of Aberdeen,
Saint Augustine, and Bowling Green.

I learned to cook trout almondine,
repair a floor with travertine,
and how to get clothes really clean
with tetrachloroethylene.

I watched a film with Steve McQueen,
stayed up to see The Wolverine,
then, surfing channels, caught a scene
from Gettysburg with Martin Sheen.

I went to get the attic clean
and found my grandma’s soup tureen,
her Royal Doulton figurine,
and diary from age sixteen.

I tried to vary my cuisine
and ate my very first sardine.
I chased it with a nectarine
then finished with a tangerine.


I’m eating junk food in-between;
it does no good for staying lean.
What’s better: more or less caffeine?
Or should I stick with Ovaltine?

I telephoned Eileen, Charlene,
Christine, Kathleen, Rebecca Jean,
Joaquin, Arlene, Eugene, Marlene,
Maureen, Pauline, and Josephine.

I’ve looked at every magazine.
I’m finding books I’ve never seen.
I clean so much the floor’s pristine;
it has a lovely mirrored sheen.

I watch the cat eat, sleep, and preen.
I counted forks. There’re seventeen.
My hair’s all set for Halloween.
My money’s from a cash machine.

This craziness is rather mean;
I need some calm to intervene.
I wish I had a time machine;
I’d like the past to reconvene.


Dr. Thomas J. Donahue

Stock photo credits: Malte Mueller/Getty Images

Topics: Region–Midwest, Creative writing

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