Safer At Home

Driving into the city yesterday
made me inexplicably angry.
The traffic and the closeness 
and the people, oh my god, the

people everywhere, like maggots
crawling on a corpse.  I read an
article once that claimed anything
one does for 30 days or more

becomes a habit, and now, 90 days
of self quarantine, safer-at-home,
making trips only to the grocery
and the dentist and the hardware

store, I wear my habit like a devoted
sister of the order. I felt the call always.
Even in childhood, I could entertain myself
all day sitting under a tree with a book

or riding my bike on the quiet streets 
of a fresh 1970s’ subdivision or hypnotized
by the scene out my bedroom window. 
Always there was a book, or a bike, or a

window, but not much else was necessary.  
I don’t think I’m an introvert.  Titles like that
force us into false extremes, but like
most things, it’s a spectrum that we all

travel along as we see fit.  I’ve been 
a social being at times, mostly in my
20s and 30s, those days when I was 
expanding, on the hunt for a career or

a family of choice, but now I have returned 
to my original state. I have lost my 
elasticity.  And though I pray that every 
ill effect of this time be swiftly

and safely brought to a close, I also give
thanks to this season that brought me
back inside myself, and I leave the city
to the young. 

© 2020 Deb Moore, All Rights Reserved

The Marigolds

Brick wall whitewashed to look 
new old. Worn floors refinished, 
wood polished, shining. Mats 
a safe six feet apart in this, our 
first class in the yoga studio 
since being forced into solitary 
practice seven weeks ago. 
Faint acoustic music from the 
Bluetooth. Benign renditions of a 
change to come and my sweet
lord. Diffused patchouli mist 
tussles with the alcohol in 
homemade hand sanitizer. 
The instructor tells us when 
to breathe.

I was in India when the pandemic
took over the world.  One day
Holi, slapping powdered color on
friends and strangers alike, rubbing
it into their hair, more intimate in the
playfulness than we would be
otherwise. Bollywood bass lines 
thumping the speakers. Colors running
in rivers of sweat. The next day, 
weighing options. Can we get back 
into the States? I don’t want to
leave a thousand kindnesses. The 
drumming of the Shiva temple in the 
morning.  An entire nation of 
incense and marigolds.  Breathing, 
rhythmic, human yoga.  

Inhale, she says, arms above 
your head. Exhale, fall into forward 
bend, and we comply, an army 
of six following field commands in 
unison.  The tips of my fingers 
feel the hardness of the thin-matted 
floor.  In the position’s hold I 
think of the flower market in Jaipur, 
mounds of marigolds, like walking 
through the clouds of a Hindu heaven, 
fighting the urge to jump into one, 
the petals cushioning 
the fall.

© 2020 Deb Moore,  All Rights Reserved