We liked / being able...

We liked pretending that we are not all connected / that our fates did not depend on the fates of all around us. / Being able to enter a store with no fear / that the person next to me in line might die because of me. / What a luxury.

Chelsea Gilbert
Columbus, Ohio, USA

It's the...

Ruminate about the pandemic. Participate in discussions. Debate with naysayers. Evaluate what's best for me. Indicate which arm to use. Generate antibodies. Update with my booster.

Linda Ontiveros
San Antonio, Texas

It's the...

freedom giving life affirming vial of hope

sue
australia

Dear vaccine...

let us return to seeing each other's faces . . . recognizing one another . . . sharing joy and pain . . . knowing one another . . . and finding comfort in seeing one another.


Ambler, PA

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please help us! We desperately need to live, to love, to trust, to hope, to dream, to be free from the fear, grief and isolation this virus has inflicted on us.

Troy Rapp
Spencer MA

Dear vaccine...

Querida vacuna, Me es difícil encontrar palabras adecuadas Para expresar lo q significas para mí. Esperamos meses para tu llegada Meses que parecieron años Décadas Siglos. Meses de miedo rasguñando El tejido mismo de nuestra humanidad Trayendo consigo a la muerte Y la destrucción Perdiendo toda esperanza Y aferrándonos desesperadamente a ella En un mismo suspiro, Nuestro suspiro colectivo cada vez más debilitado Al perder a persona tras bella persona Arrancadas de entre nuestro Como árboles arrancados del suelo En tempestad violenta. Y ahora, querida vacuna, Estás aquí. Tú con tu poder para salvar vidas, Aquí para calmar vientos furiosos Y reforzar raíces tiernas en tierra frágil, No sea que vayamos a perder aún más de los nuestros. Esperamos meses que parecieron años interminables Y ahora estás aquí. Por fin estás aquí.

Jen Hindley
Lilburn, GA

Vaccine, please...

make me strong, that I might endure this pandemic and place life's meaning back atop her toppled throne.

Melanee Morin
Ontario, Canada

Vaccine, please...

disseminate worldwide and open our eyes

Nicole R. Zimmerman
Penngrove, CA

We liked / being able...

we miss speaking to strangers who we meet in the grocery isles We miss sharing stories with strangers on a plane We miss being more spontaneous at large gatherings We miss going to the theatre and indoor concerts We miss the interesting and informative talks with strangers


Fort Mill, SC

Dear vaccine...

Restaura los abrazos a los hijos Devuelve la alegría de comer del mismo plato

Restaura el abrazo a nuestros hijos adultos

Dear vaccine...

Despite my current case of breakthrough Covid, I’m grateful for your ever-vigilant presence in my body. Like a faithful companion, I know your unrelenting, miraculous, biological programming is lessening my suffering. I shudder to envision the possibility of “now” without you ─ the probability of succumbing to the virus’ horror. Covid, I have witnessed and felt your cruelty firsthand. You have taken three from my family and countless others from humanity. People, young, old, and in-between, who loved, breathed, spoke, learned, played, delighted in being. Cherished people we remember. I laud the science of the pinprick through my soft flesh. I wonder at the minds who created you, vaccine, for I am a mere mortal. May all come to accept, embrace, honor and know your full value, and in doing so, wipe out a mighty foe.

Jan Mitrione Carrato
Monroe Township, New Jersey

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please/ Meet your promise/ Make me the one/ The one who can't spread/ The one who stops the deliverance of pain/ Of sickness/ Of death/ Work!/ So that others will also choose/ So that if they don't, it won't matter/ And I can be in harmony/ With those who are in my life/ Friends again.

Moeknows
Orange city, Florida

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine It’s hard to put into words exactly what you mean to me./ We waited months for your arrival,/ Months that felt like years/ Decades/ Eons/ Months of fear/ Clawing at the very fabric Of our humanity/ Intent on death and destruction/ Losing hope/ And desperately clinging to it In the same breath./ Our collective breath growing Weaker by the minute/ As we lost human after beloved human/ Ripped from us as Trees ripped from soil/ In violent storm. / And now, dear vaccine,/ You’re here./ You with your life-saving powers/ Here to soothe the raging winds/ And secure fragile roots in tender earth/ Lest we lose more of ourselves/ Than we already have. // We waited months that felt like endless years/ and now you’re here./ You’re finally here.

Jen Hindley
Lilburn, GA

Dear vaccine...

I wish more people/would be thanking you/those who have not met you//Then they would be/the kind of people/thanking everyone and everything/else as well

Steve
Abiquiu, New Mexico

It's the...

You played hard to get / I spent futile hours on the phone … I heard I could just drop in at a crowded mall where / after all those with appointments got you / I might have a chance / Hours later / Only ten were in front of me/ They ran out … I thought ... That was the most dangerous thing / I could ever have done … Finally we met / at a hospital where I was known… Months later came the danger / many times that of the big mall … I spent ten hours in an airport / Flights were canceled left and right / Jousting with thousands / in close quarters / until the announcement: / No more flights will leave today … But you were with me/ And we survive Jimmy D San Antonio

Jim Dawes
San Antonio, Texas

It's the...

It’s the vaccine. It’s the masks. It’s the truth. It’s the smiles. It’s the hugs. It’s the joy. It’s the love of man and women. These are the things that are missing these days. Restoration, a beginning, the first step on the road to recover our glory, our humanity our mutual respect for life and each other begins with the vaccine. / Peter Victor Ellsworth ME

Peter Victor
Ellsworth ME

Dear vaccine...

Be gentle, be kind-/Some of us have no days off/To rest, to unwind/To nurse a fever or cough./Be powerful, be quick/Teach our bodies to remember/How to fight when sick./Need no obituaries this December.

Saru
India

It's the...

It’s the fork in the road silver spoon fed to us while others have no pantries and cry out for our help.

Debra Bennett
Kingston, Ontario

We liked / being able...

We liked smilling at strangers, without something covering our faces. Being able to let our children attend to school without being afraid.

Fernanda Durán
Puebla, México

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, thank you for protecting my dad and allowing me to see my crew. Thank you for hope.

Stacy

We liked / being able...

melting our voices loud in a live concert

Daniela Becerra Romo
Mexico City

Vaccine, please...

Please Vaccine, find the people who know that you are the only way to go. Help them speak.


We liked / being able...

We liked not dying Living lives before this plague Plagued by politics

Hali
Winterville, GA

It's the...

You shook me / And / You challenged my / State of being. / But in the end I came / Out stronger and / More forgiving. / Because even though / I was almost separated / From myself / I am fine now / And / Many good moments / Also came / along.

Luka L
Wick Jrs

Dear vaccine...

Oh dear, vaccine, you allude a few who do not understand the power of unity in purpose, unity of spirits, unity of the collective healing.

Susan M Bensch
Prescott Valley, Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Become stronger and more effective/make your way to the tiniest hands to preserve their lungs and hearts/so that they may live to create the future we need

Jennifer
Wisconsin

We liked / being able...

We liked our routine visits / to the acupuncturist. // Being able to feel / the healing, one needle at a time.

Janet Wong
Princeton, NJ

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, I long for the day, hopefully not far off When those I love who live in Fear, or Denial, who Grasp their flawed patriotism like a Life preserver in the ocean Will embrace this rare opportunity To sustain life, both Theirs and those they love

Barry W. Morris
San Jose, CA

Dear vaccine...

a chara dhíl, níor casadh orm céile chomh meallacach leat ó bhí ag dioscó na ndéagóirí fadó.

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir
Béal Feirste/Belfast/Ireland/Éire

It's the...

It’s the closeness of warm summer glances of holding hands in our eyes

Christina steyer
Tx

It's the...

It’s the breathing out / after holding our breath so long / in fear of the last. / Our blue skin blushes now with memory - / unafraid to embrace, unafraid to sigh relief, unafraid. / Unafraid, I remember the first of life is breath, / the last of life is breath / and all that comes between us medicine for our souls / if we are unafraid to accept it.

Robin Carrillo Ortiz
Santa Fe, NM

We liked / being able...

We liked gathering with old friends and new/ singing full-throated praises for/ this miraculous life

Cyprian Stevens
Sebastopol, CA

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine/ You've done everything you can/Gone even further than the whole distance/And now/it's up to us/ But isn't it always up to us?/We'll get there, I promise.

Joan Kresich
Livingston MT

It's the...

It's the chance to hug, to shake hands, to brush tears from a loved one's cheek/ it's the gift of holding my dying husband's hand in hospital/ it's the breaking out of loneliness and isolation/ it's life as we long to live it.

Sylvia Alcon

Dear vaccine...

Why do people hate you? I find you beautiful, magical, mysterious, and that's why I love you.


Berkeley, California

It's the...

It's the children filling the library after school,/It's the senior citizen line dance class,/It's the pure ease of opening the door/ And walking in.

Mary Elizabeth
Maryland

Vaccine, please...

Dear Vaccine, We are trying to make the Others believe in your restorative power. Shine on vials, shine in the lives of the unbelievers.

Kita Baranski Greenberg
Oakland, Ca

We liked / being able...

we liked being able to hug, to see smiles

Laurie KM
California

Dear vaccine...

Push us forward into a world where kisses on lips and holding of hands never again are thought of as simple gestures, but rather loving expressions to be savored and held onto.

Lisa Pardini
San Francisco, CA

We liked / being able...

Two babies, one born in shambolic March 2020, her sister coming at the height of Delta's slope all upward slopes having a down slope. grateful for my children in the driveway don't want to miss the Right Now. I have children, grown but still growing and deer eat any plants I leave. Let me leave them some leaves.


Kita Baranski Greenberg

It's the...

Reminder that god isn’t just in the chapel, but in the lab. Thank you God for science. May all beings appreciate god’s gift and take the jab.

Jane Miz
RI

Dear vaccine...

The strongest woman I know cried out to me “Someone help me, no one comes… I can’t breath, I can’t do another night” My roots gave way from the earth I was formed as a lie had already flooded it’s branches. Beautiful yesterday now turned one breathless corner and then another and another... ALONE. My badge, my vaccine, my persistence wouldn’t earn me a pass to hold her manicured hand. The odds of risk struck and forever tied her to the hundreds of thousands she didn’t have to follow. Let me just sit here for awhile, pairing the narrative of her great worth with the grief we now bear. Then the me I have become will be the strength I hold within, the God I now know, and the path I must forge ahead. Krystal Smith vaccinated RN, family member of the unvaccinated

Krystal Smith, RN

Dear vaccine...

Thank you. For being you. For being real. For being here. For being dear. For being safe. For being modern. For being easy. For being free. For saving lives. Thank you Vaccine.

Phyllis
Manhattan

Vaccine, please...

Vacine, please don't be discouraged/ in your life saving work/ by those who reject you/ blinded by hubris, fear or the confusions sowed by the souless/ Keep marching through the world, saving all who welcome your gift of life.

Keven Bellows
San Francisco, CA

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please, it's the hugs we need/and the meals together/and the travel to distant places to see the people we miss./Vaccine please.


Kansas City

It's the...

happy ending that we look for./We count the necessity of love, because all say so./We were not in the mood of chaos that plagued./I look to the horizon and try to explain./One day we'll wale up breathing new./Happiness inside and the worries just few.

Shreesham Pandey
India

It's the...

It's the ouch, or maybe a pinch, no one usually wishes for. But now? Is that same sharpened end a welcomed relief, hope for a brighter tomorrow? For many, yes. For others, doubts may linger. Our human universe held together with our need for brighter tomorrows.

Caroline Robinson
Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please don’t take the place of God and don’t cause divisions

Anonymous
Moon

We liked / being able...

We liked a meal shared at a common table. We sat close enough to whisper in each other’s ears, to touch a cheek to wipe a tear.

Amy
Portland, Oregon

Dear vaccine...

If the Lord helps those who help themselves, / we Texans are bordering helplessness. / Our Gov wants help from physicians nearby / and calls, of course, for people to pray, / but refuses his help in requiring vaccines / while sticking steadfastly to masks as a choice. // Physicians and nurses from beyond our borders / keep looking for signs that we’ve finally seen: // Delta’s dawned. Where’s that mask you don’t have on? / Could it be you’ve listened to a state house lie? / And did I hear you say, “Don’t take my rights away, / I’ll think about that vaccine by and by” ?

Milton Jordan
San Antonio, Texas

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, Before you were ever a possibility, I watched the sun set every night and layed awake in the dark for hours wondering about all the people I might not see again. I read the messages drawn in chalk in the arroyos - soar, love, joy, happiness, strong, thank you. Alone, I remembered what I could not see so easily before - the webs that still connect me to the world - the muddy water in the Rio Grande flowing south, the birds migrating north, the people living along its banks, all lines on a map holding me fast to lost friends and new friends. Now that you have come, and the world is burning, you are the possibility tying me to the good from before with hope for new and better.

Heather Anderson
Albuquerque, NM

Vaccine, please...

Please continue making stronger and smarter vaccines. / Please let kids get all of them (if able) / Please turn off Facebook.


Dear vaccine...

you've made such a difference in my life,

Tova A Green
San Francisco CA

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, I’m so glad you’re under my skin. A pleasant thorn in my side. But vaccine I must confide: that’s not everyone’s view. You cause headaches for those who don’t have you, as well as for those who do. Unfortunately for you, they are under my skin too.

Daniel Leach
Manly, Australia

Dear vaccine...

I wish you could get under the skin of all people / the way that waiting in line used to

DANIEL LEACH
Manly, New South Wales

Dear vaccine...

We are stranded at 6 feet/ please save us

Danyelle
Halifax Nova Scotia

It's the...

it's the only choice for most, but not so for those who mean most to me. they toe the line and i hold my breath, hoping that they hold on to theirs

Aleksandra
Philadelphia PA

Dear vaccine...

You may have started with the cows and moooved us forward, beyond polio and smallpox, but now we ask you to aid us in our battle with this current viral torrent with its ever-changing form and waves that crash into us from all sides while threatening to drown us every now and again.

GC
Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, In the trenches we labor and toil. We slug on our masks and gowns ‘til we boil. We have resuscitated those who suffocated. Until their bodies they vacated. The tears, the hurt, that last phone call. Will be remembered by those who witnessed the fall. But then came the vaccine! Too late for some. Refused by some for different reasons. We hope you’ll get it in this season. Misled by those who stood to gain. Finances, popularity or sudden fame. We trust the doctors when we’re dying. But when it comes to the vaccine, we think they’re lying. The heart, the caring, the unrelenting compassion. Are the reason why we have such passion. For you to receive this gift of life. To protect your father, your mother and your wife. We will be here for you regardless whether you choose. To have the vaccine or to refuse.

Dr Jeff Pitcher
Muskoka Ontario

We liked / being able...

We liked running into one another/ at dance studios, farmer’s markets,/ being able to road trip and say, “Passing/ through,” & “You in town?” and not worry/ a cousin might say, “yes, of course” / and lie, recant through text, jest/ about a hoax. We liked the real jokes,/ that burst tiny lightweight particles/ of laughter, floating over tightly packed/ dinner tables with our knives touching./

Melisa (Misha) Cahnmann-Taylor
Athens, GA

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, knock on the door of our neighbors / so they let you in and stop the spread / saving our children / saving our loved ones

Z
Syracuse, NY

Dear vaccine...

Miracle of science, you are / sunshine in a vial, / waves crashing within a shell; / you are our own insecurities made better / than good. More than a vision / of humanity, you encompass all / we have achieved together, and in uniting us, / all the hidden blessings / we still strive to discover.

Jake Young
California

We liked / being able...

watch a disaster film I'm not in

John Hawkhead
Bradford on Avon, UK

Vaccine, please...

vaccine, please/deliver a breeze of hope/with your shot in my arm

marilyn ashbaugh
Edwardsburg, Michigan

Dear vaccine...

DEAR VACCINE Vaccination is our right, Yes,it's a key to fight, I'm not distressed, Instead I'm so...impressed, A relief, if you know what I mean, In light of the troubles, we have today, There's just a few things, I would like to say, Although the days of this felt long, Together as a country, we stand strong, Hold on to your loved ones, hold them tight, Listen to the rules and do what's right, Vaccine is our right, A key to fight.....

SAHANA T.A
Akr Academy CBSE School, Avinashi, Tamil Nadu

It's the...

I think that the vaccine came at the right time in order to protect people from Covid-19, which I consider to be one of the most dangerous diseases to affect humanity since WWII. Thanks to everyone who contributed to save humanity.

Mohanad Alogaili

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, this is a first step toward healing our global community. It is our global responsibility to be part of the solution & take the proper precautions.

Musa M. Sadek
San Antonio, TX

Dear vaccine...

Vaccine means to me to go back again to normal life, to be muslims together, especially praying, the way that God Allah wants us to be next to each other.

Abrate Mohamed
San Antonio

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, these 2 years many have struggled in their daily life to do the simplest things, so I hope for you to bring us our old normal life.

Azal Jzee
San Antonio

It's the...

It is like a new source of good immunity, and you can prevent the deadly virus, which has killed millions around the world.

Shahrukh Khan Mohammed
Hyderabad, India

Dear vaccine...

Vaccine is one way to avoid a calamity. But vaccine should not be for every calamity. God has chosen you for this. And Allah may help to improve the fight with Corona.

Fayaz Ahammed
Guntakal, India

We liked / being able...

Thank God for this blessing, thanks a lot for all your efforts. For giving us peace and health, for us and our children in our community.

Nour Al-Jilani
San Antonio

We liked / being able...

For those who are scared of the vaccine, there is nothing to be scared of, inshallah. Get vaccinated and support.

Abdul Kalam Shair
India

It's the...

It's the new sun which brightens up the whole world by its warm light. It helps us grow like plants and survive in the dark night of Covid.

Zeeshan A. Ghauvi
Karachi, Pakistan

We liked / being able...

Take a shot, leave the mask. Leave the mask, take a breath. You're safe!

Rizwan Rahmon
San Antonio, TX

It's the...

The vaccine is like the hope for the planet and light for the future. Like after hardship comes great ease.

Alexandria Cowels

Vaccine, please...

I hope my life goes back to normal--as well as others--by taking the vaccine. I hope it will keep me safe.

Camelia Sefraow
San Antonio

It's the...

Hope to return to normal activities, travel, theater...to stop the spread of Covid.

Michelle Siddiqui

Vaccine, please...

My hope for this vaccine is to not get affected by Covid.

MD Alam
Queens, NY

It's the...

Excellent, this is really amazing and everyone should get the vaccine to take care of our health and others.


Egypt

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, this is our wish: that you can help us get rid the world of this disease.

Asim Siddiqui
Arlington, Texas

It's the...

It's the ability to smell the roses. The pleasure of the scent of popcorn. the warm embrace of a hug. The hope of good company over a summer day.

Adriana Duran
San Antonio

We liked / being able...

Meeting with friends and family

Sabeen
Pakistan

We liked / being able...

It is my hope to resume the normalcy of human society and calmness. We are all together in this as a BIG GLOBAL FAMILY.

H. Singh
San Antonio, TX

Dear vaccine...

Hope for the relationships and joys it can restore.

Himani Chugh
Delhi

Dear vaccine...

We hope all our community get vaccinated and live happily.

Sumitha Mudaliyar
San Antonio, TX

It's the...

I hope everyone gets vaccinated and helps educate others of the seriousness of Covid-19, take precautions, and protect your family and loved ones.

Anand Kataram
San Antonio

Dear vaccine...

Querida Vacuna, no sabes con cuanta impaciencia esperaba tu llegada pues ya queria volver a mi vida de antes. Gracia Dios por la vacuna.

Silvia Cabral
San Antonio, TX

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vacccine, I heard one of your black pastors (also a guitarist) say "The vaccine is a gift from God!" God BLESS it!

Gretchen Berggren
Chadron, Nebraska

Dear vaccine...

The vaccine gives me peace of mind and I can travel safely and not die.

Patricia Flores
San Antonio

Vaccine, please...

This vaccine give me peace of mind and the ability to travel.

E Flores
San Antonio, TX

It's the...

Antes de tomar la vacuna sentia nervios y miedo, aunque mi fé est por sobre todo. Ya que me la he puesto me siento muy bien y con mi fé y esperanzas al maximo.

Laura Calvillo-Hdz
San Antonio, TX

It's the...

Antes, un poco de nervios / Despues, bien y tranquilo.

Joel G. Hernandez
San Antonio, TX

Vaccine, please...

Hopefully it puts people in a safer place.

Sufiyou Rahmon
India

We liked / being able...

Starting a new job in a new year / Meeting new people in new situations / but now finally going back the good old days.

Aisha
Houston

It's the...

I like the Pfizer vaccine.

Hoi Nguyen
San Antonio, TX

We liked / being able...

The people are very professional and helpful. They help me with the registration process and the vaccine was administered without any pain.

Sameena Sayed
Live Oak, TX

Dear vaccine...

I feel good, and look forward to meeting friends.

Mohamad Rafik
San Antonio

Dear vaccine...

It's a very good thing and a life saver for everyone. Thank you all for the help.

Nazir Shaheed Sayed
San Antonio

It's the...

The vaccine to me means humans are taking initiative to solve the virus problem.

Xander Siddiqui
Arlington

Vaccine, please...

I hope this vaccine brings the normal life back and allows us to move freely across the seen and unseen borders.

F.K.
San Antonio

We liked / being able...

Being able to trave is something I miss, calling out, seeing the blue and white sky overhead instead of the ceiling is something I miss.

Fatimah
Maryland

Dear vaccine...

Do you believe in faeries? Would you like to visit them? Just believe in the vaccine. So that you can dance and sing with the faeries! Again!

Ruqaiyah Cowels

It's the...

The only way to get back to normal life, and I hope it will protect me from Covd-19. I hope I will be safe, not as we have been.

Rana Al-Devini
San Antonio

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, I hope this vaccine enables us to go back to normal.

Lana Al-Hamayaleh
San Antonio

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please be effective with Covid-19 and get rid of it. We hope that you will. We put our trust in God then you to take us back to normal life.

Suleiman Hamidea
San Antonio

It's the...

Covid-19 vaccine is the first step for entire humanity to bring back life to normal and end this pandemic. May God guide us to win this battle! Salute to all health warriors!

Sadiq Kunda
San Antonio, TX

We liked / being able...

To visit and hug family members and friends.

Akbar Kazim
San Antonio

Vaccine, please...

It's important to take, to be healthy and stop Covid from spreading.

Danish Sayed
San Antonio

Dear vaccine...

Of course, to feel safe from Covid.

Ahmed Khan
San Antonia

It's the...

The vaccine is like a dragon, guarding what is good and useful, and burning the intruders.


Dear vaccine...

Vaccination is our right, Yes,it's a key to fight, I'm not distressed, Instead I'm so...impressed, A relief, if you know what I mean, In light of the troubles, we have today, There's just a few things, I would like to say, Although the days of this felt long, Together as a country, we stand strong, Hold on to your loved ones, hold them tight, Listen to the rules and do what's right, Vaccination is our right, A key to fight....

HARINI.P
AKR ACADEMY CBSE SCHOOL,TIRUPUR, TAMILNADU

It's the...

It's the vaccine, The only spark of hope, Which helps us to cope, We have obeyed government, Now its time to take the vaccine of your government, As vote is the powerful key in government, Vaccine is the powerful key for excitement, Line up in queue with social distancing, Which is not disgusting, So take up the vaccine to make up the difference... Lets join hands to stop Covid 19..........

Nishanth. M
A. K. R Academy school (CBSE), Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu, India

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine do you see us? We know we are insignificant in this universe, but we want to walk on the streets, unafraid to show our smiles to others passing by. We promise we will be kind to nature, to our fellow trees and seas, to the sand and rocks, to the ants sleeping near our books. Do you not wish to watch us sing to our kids on swings? Do you not know how much the parks miss the dogs as they run after a ball?How much fun they would have jumping in a mall? Dear vaccine,when you enter our bodies, you will enjoy our lives because we will be better humans.

SAHANA T.A
Avinashi , Tamil Nadu

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, you throw daggers at my heart! I wanted you, waited for you and you betray me. You desert me in a limbo of non-information, a forgotten halfling. Please be good to others - I burn to leave Pandora's hell!

K.A.L.
N. Canton, OH

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine : I care that others that I love or lost did not trust in you.

Barb
California

It's the...

It's the vaccine moment/ Think nice thoughts, he suggested/ I couldn't. I held my breath/ I'm going to scream, he teased/ Loudly, as the needle goes in/ I turned to catch his silly grin/ Missing my own vaccine moment/ Please don't! squeaked a tiny voice/ Behind a clear plastic shield/ We all smiled with our eyes/ He could make anything fun./

M.J. Henry
Aurora, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Make it possible for our children/to learn again, to hug their grandparents again, to not be afraid to smile and say hello to a neighbour they pass on a sidewalk. Can we breathe easy and share love and warmth again?

JEB
British Columbia

Dear vaccine...

Through these times of uncertainty in life’s way, help us to accept, work together, and respect what this pandemic, and the vaccine has done to our world. Believe in ourselves that together we can move forward in love.

Kerry
Warkworth Ontario

It's the...

It's the vaccine, The only spark of hope, Which helps us to cope, We have obeyed government, Now its time to take the vaccine of your government, As vote is the powerful key in government, Vaccine is the powerful key for excitement, Line up in queue with social distancing, Which is not disgusting, So take up the vaccine to make up the difference... Lets join hands to stop Covid 19..........

Nishanth. M
India, Tamilnadu

Dear vaccine...

Vaccination is our right, Yes,it's a key to fight, I'm not distressed, Instead I'm so impressed, A relief , if you know, what i mean, In light of the troubles, we have today, There's just a few things, i would like to say, Although the days of this felt long , Together as a country, we stand strong, Hold on to your loved ones, hold them tight, Listen to the rules and do what's right..... Vaccination is our right , A key to fight..

HARINI.P
TIRUPPUR

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, I did not feel your jab in my arm, But the jab in my heart I felt that quite strong Covid had stolen our remaining time with mom She didn’t understand why we didn’t come Now she is gone, and I am overwhelmed with emotion As I leave the vaccination station…….. I’m happy for others who will have more time with loved ones Because of you, and I weep Margie Parker 2021

Margie Parker
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

My life didn't exactly change because of you but because of me./ I moved, from one country to another, just before the border closed/ from a land of heat and humidity to cooler climes/ but it's OK, I'm fine./ My life became simpler, and somewhat easier, at least in my mind./

Susan G
St Stephen, NB, Canada

It's the...

It's the new door / to a new world / maybe a little better / always a little weary / maybe we'll remember / to appreciate / the little things / small gratitudes / just being able to be / and be / with other beings

@swarme
Calgary, AB

It's the...

It's the contagion that decelerated our pace / By staging and raging a fast, vicious spread / accompanying the lingering angels of death / That no head could comprehend / An invasion by a virus agent. So absurd!! / And across regions the new mutant variants / Further worsening the situation of populations / living in isolations and frustrations / The only hope for succession is through vaccinations / Salutations to all the health care workers / Plus the retail personnel for inspirational work.

Anbrin Naqvi
Canada, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

You were impossible, unthinkable, unpremakeable. But magicians of the world plotted and planned and studied the stars, the constellation of viral RNA; mixed and stewed and bubbled and boiled their potions; trialed and cursed and tinkered and cured, until your spell was perfected. But just like magic, so many still think you unbelievable, deceptive, a hoax at the least, an evil trick at the worst. Dear Vaccine, why can’t you be truly magical, auto-extendable, with all-variant coverage and world-wide leverage? Why can’t you be super cloneable, as easy to take as a sugar pill jelly bean, as wide-spread as raindrops? Why can’t you just hit COVID in the air, a super-powered spell that zaps every virus around the world in millisecond? Why do you have to be based in science, which even so, seems to magical to so many, but comes without magic’s benefits? Why does the faith of millions believe to a curse rather than a cure? I guess as magical as your development was, we still must fall back to the all-too-human reality of individual autonomy, teaching and learning, choosing or avoiding, and finally dealing with the consequences. You are not a curse, but a choice, dear vaccine, for which some of us may be thankful.

Valerie Joan Fuchs
Seattle, Washington

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please course through me/ My arms ache from holding/ The vacant space once filled with self/ During this surreal backdrop to my longing/ Where life escaped me, walked by with the masks I wore/ Hiding half-truths to what was and what could have been/ Imagine the slow reveal of what's coming

@simplygraceelaine
Canada

Dear vaccine...

I think you're misunderstood. Why do people look for reasons to mistrust you, to vilify you? You are an innocent child, coming into the world to spread hope and love. To encourage physical connection and break down barriers. I have embraced you, but my brother has not, my neighbour has questions, others protest with signs. There is already too much mistrust in this world, too many questions. People have died, with and without you, and fingers point. But look at how many you have saved. LOOK at how many you have saved. LOOK at how MANY YOU have saved. Dear Vaccine, thank you. Thank you for protecting my family, thank you for protecting my friends. Thank you for responding quickly. I don't question you. I applaud you.

Stacey McCarthy
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

It's the...

The point of a needle holds a doorway / of phased transition the dainty steps / from holed-up anxiety to depressurized / outings sporting renewed half-moon / smiles sans the necessity of decoding / the micro expressions of crinkled eyes / fringed by crow’s feet // The temporary bedrest a modest tribute / to the kingdom of liberation from dread / of befalling to the gurgle of drowned lungs / impairments long-hauled or lethal reactions / to loved ones’ embrace // Faces lost to a once-indeterminate timeline / can now return to focus before our eager gaze / Life will reconstitute into physical form from / the repossession of electrons thought forfeited / to endless screen time // The reinforcement of pin-prick salves / is ours for the asking and more potent / if we adopted our enemy’s effectual strategy / of rejecting borders and vaulting over socio- / economic segregations by aiding those / in more dire need to deny the contagion / its escape plan through transmutation

"Almost There" by Imogen Arate
https://poetsandmuses.com

Dear vaccine...

Love my neighbor/Visit the prisoner is the Lord’s command/ Love your enemies/Take a stand/It is said that iron bars do not a prison make/But COVID reigns within the gate/Guards and prisoners both fall ill/Close confinement is a threat/Vaccine, you may be the warden’s best bet/yet there are some who have served so long/who are weak, no longer strong/The crime non-violent or so long past/That release is just where sorrow of death and illness prevail/Oh Lord, please let us open the jail….

Gordon Beggs

Dear vaccine...

We are eternally grateful for your miracles. Please help those that have jumped on your bandwagon of hope to help others that are uncertain. This is the way back to what once was...

Karen

Dear vaccine...

Here’s the scene: A world premiere has hit the globe. A starlet, a brand new microbe. A tiny, spiny thing attacks. A tragedy in three acts. Havoc as the play begins: We want haircuts, bars and gyms! You can’t make me wear a mask What kind of crap is that, they ask Snits and fits and wild retorts Mid ever direr news reports Gimme back my boogie nights! Where’s my Freedom? Where’s my Rights? They’re griping, posting, snarling loud. Entitlement’s an ugly crowd. … Who knew that you were in the wings. Immunity, of all things. You entered onto centre stage to an audience of fear and rage hushed by your soliloquy: “I’ll save their lives. It shall be. This is my pledge, I will not rest till it’s curtains for this peste They shall not shoulder this alone This shall be my combat zone And I will fight most fervently To arms! To arms! Who’s with me!?” A sudden change in attitude. A roaring wave of gratitude. A thunderous ovation. Halleluiah, vaccination. — Now our Normal we’re resuming Dining, drinking, all-consuming The rich among us cheer and rave. But… The poor’s reviews are far more grave. Dear vaccine: Thanks to you, we lift the vial and see what’s true. The gulf between the have and not. The common good, Illusions shot. Safe in arms of easy chairs We see what’s ours, what isn’t theirs. The clarity of this monstrous thing The real social distancing. When you stand third worlds apart The jab is really to the heart. And while you collect your handsome check We’ve observed and now reflect: While kudos earned, success is sweet, you prefer to bow to the elite. The truth as well has been unlocked. A certain piousness defrocked. Covid’s just a little prick. Now let’s heal what’s really sick.

J. Goddard
Annapolis Royal, NS, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Oh how you vex me! Should I? Could I? Would I? Did I? In a world full of Covid "Say-nayer's, "conspirators", "non-compliators" From the rebellion of the mask wearers, gatherers To those who "got it", lived it or died for it To the heroes who fight for it And the wise who embrace it You have given hope, doubt, reason, responsibility and promise Should I? Could I? Would I? I did.

Heather Schieren
Burlington, Ontario Canada

Dear vaccine...

Let us sing again/ Full-throated in chorus/ In harmony, in unison/ To God and each other/ Or gently to a stranger/ To sweeten a moment/ A pure loving sound/ That shows we are human.


Dear vaccine...

Vax: a gift of unusual proportion/ Vax, long awaited arrival/ Vax, we quarantined in fear/ Vax, a treasure beyond expectation/ Yet Vax, a new unknown, angst and hope/ Vax, as I step into the air, freedom overcomes

mona
Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, return me to my lover; my mother and my father. Weave us back together with the prick of a thousand needles. Give us the strength to rise undivided from the stitchwork, courageously whole again.

Willow Seitz
Greenwood, Nova Scotia

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, thank you for removing the threats, for making dreams a reality, for making my relatives a family no longer stripped of the intimacy that was replaced by intimidation that hesitation to be close. You have taken away the fear ripped off the band-aid peeled off the mask that kept us apart from each other. A hand outstretched is not a thing to be wary of. A touch on the bus is no longer a sentence for death. A smile from a stranger doesn't have to be hidden. Perhaps I can return that smile. Perhaps I can hope. Perhaps we are free.

Kyra
British Columbia Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, may you travel faster than the variants and spread to all parts of our planet, restoring health and community

Holly
Vancouver, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Glad you arrived / Grateful I survived / hugging those who are dear / deep down there is a fear. From Lovely

Roxanne

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine,/ you came just in time/ please help us, the clock cannot rewind/ protect my family/ my parents, brothers, husband, and kids / keep my unborn daughter safe/ so we can live in rooms without lids/ dear vaccine,/ keep bringing us hope for freedom/ let our vulnerable and venerable out of their homes

Megan Ward
Airdrie, Alberta, Canada

Dear vaccine...

So many of us suffered from the isolation. The loneliness hastened our death at times. You will set us free and bring us back to lives of meaning, purpose and connectedness.

Roshene Lawson
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Vaccine, please...

…and thank you. Yesterday my love, 11 years older than me Was vaccinated  Watching, my eyes misted and my body,like the Michelin man, inflated with gratitude A worldwide pandemic, deadly, now beaten by global effort, A community of brilliant minds with unlimited funds and A tiny deadly virus, unknown a year ago, neutralized by cooperation.  The clinic, large, 100 people immunized per hour seemed Holy Gentle nurses, kind explanations, clear instructions  elderly pushing walkers, accompanied by family excited, fear removed, hope returned  This replicated throughout the world  My eyes misted, my body, a great puffy cloud, floats Storm passed My love will die  but not soon, not from Covid, not alone gasping for air I float with gratitude.

Andy Powell-Williams
Bowen Island, BC

Dear vaccine...

you come to us like rain / your clear drops blessing us, restoring life / falling by the millions as we raise our hands in praise / and still hope for more, more, more

Karen Pedersen
Toronto, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

I finally got that little shot, we all so desperately sought.

Deirdre G
Nanaimo, British Columbia

It's the...

they say there's a virus out there that could be deadly/really/ cancelled plans,kids out of school/ they say we should be wearing masks, isolating, and washing our hands/ hospitals overwhelmed, businesses shutting down, families losing their homes and livlihoods/we can't eat out at a restaurant/really/people overworked, underpaid, unacknowledged. still homeless, still hungry, still no clean running water, still living in over crowded situations. men, women and children living in situations with no relief.people flying to remote communities under false pretenses to get the vaccine. death tolls rising, people hoarding TP/you have to wait in line longer now at the grocery store/really/listen to the experts, they have science on their side. they are doing their best/really/antivaxers, conspiracy theories, people who just need more info/finally, they say there is a vaccine, it will reduce severity and hospitalization rates. some people in other countries have little or no access. we have to wait three weeks for our second shot,my arm hurt/really? back to normal, /really?

isabel
BC

Vaccine, please...

Let us rejoice to the endless care. Of all medical workers all givers who soared, helping each of us to get through one more day and dare. The sun will shine. In laughter and friendship, we will embrace each other to join and dine. Together we are strong once again in song, never forgetting the less fortunate who have passed and gone. Guelph Deborah

yes
yes

It's the...

It’s the hope of a return to something that used to be…and will be again…but different/ It’s a healing embrace, the hold of care and safety…something bigger than just me…it’s community.

Deidre Craig
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Dear vaccine...

A shot in the arm / An injection of hope / An infusion of love for life / For our own, and for all / Feel the need / Remember your part / It lies in your heart


Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine / What have you done Just when I was getting use to the pain in my unused joints The extra girth that shames me daily Just when the depth of self pity zeniths with the distant birth of my grandson and the virtual visit to a chapel where the daughter becomes a bride / You have come at a time when death of a loved one is a disconnect When self discovery was not an option but an inevitability When love was tested and patience denied When love means saying I’m sorry and understanding became the new sexy Now am I to thank you for that / Your purpose is what To eradicate the fresher air to once again hide the Himalayas in smog to guide the bees back to extinction to open our mall lists and close our hearts to once again forget that sweet soul all alone to take for granted a hug and kiss to dismiss a look from across a bar / Dear Vaccine Thank you for coming to our rescue With any luck we will open our doors slowly look where we step and look back to see it’s ramifications To embrace everything and all like a virus of love and forgiveness with conviction passion and purpose I take you in like a sponge of posca as I hang on this cross / By Danny Ingrouville

Danny Ingrouville
Cambridge Ontario, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Time to push forward, dear Vaccine. You shelter me now like a towering tree canopy, me a nearby tuft of grass, slightly fragile from alone months. Mother Earth will hold me as I take my shaky steps, the path like wet rocks until everyone around the globe has received your shield.

Irene Maguire
Markham, Ontario, Canada

Dear vaccine...

you can't see the purple and pink lupins swaying outside on the hillside and the waves crashing against rocks. The hurricanes are early this year. Rocket Man comes on a radio that looks like a white plastic nurse's hat. /We wait, hemmed in by frayed fishing rope tied to listing blaze orange posts./ The line is short, but Elton warbles, "I think it's going to be a long, long time." /I stand on the yellow arrow sticker and hum along. / "And all this science, I don't understand." We smile at each other behind masks, joy burbling up every time the nurse comes out and says, "Next."

Angela C Antle
St. John's, Newfoundland

Vaccine, please...

Dear Vaccine, your golden glow shines bright. You light up the darkest of nights. / Dear vaccine, help me start my married night. My husband so close yet so far. A teacher waiting for her knight. / Dear vaccine, your presence brings a glimmer of hope, not soon enough but we are going for gold. Show us the way, bring us home. Let us reunite and help us feel whole.

Marie-Pier
Aroostook, NB, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Now that you are here our lives can get back to normal , or as normal as our lives can be. As time has gone by, we see what we have missed. With you we get a new chance we cannot resist. Now we can hug and hold with no concern. But , we still have so much to learn ! Precious moments with family and friends, we can truly make amends. We must keep on caring for life around us. Take better care ,think what matters the most ! We can put things right. The future is bright. Let’s make a better go of it ,this time around !

Andrew Law
Stathelle Norway

We liked / being able...

We liked life before the pain of the pandemic. / Some do not like change, but nobody likes being separated, worried, out of work. / Excellent then, for the vaccine may change the world back, But we ourselves have now changed. / More grateful? Wiser? Probably. And certainly a couple years older.


Toronto

It's the...

a golden ticket, a deep exhale, community is waiting


Vaccine, please...

don't make us sick.

Sheila B
Duncan, BC

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine/ you promise..what ?/ a secure link to those old times / with hugs / with travel anywhere / without some complex rules to follow ?/ or are you fooling us / with cruel delta/ waiting/ watching/ as we let our guard down / too soon ?

Hugh Kerr
Squamish British Columbia

Dear vaccine...

The needle was super scary/ Just look away and it’s done!! Yeah/ Everyone there is super nice!!😊

Sophie D. age 11
Vancouver,BC Canada

Dear vaccine...

we are but sheep in need of guidance./Save us dear vaccine/ channel us into more docile vermin/ give us the timidity to give in/ let us fall in line/Save us from ourselves.

john slave

It's the...

It's the Faith that this would pass by,/ it's the hope that we would survive,/it's the love of a brave world reborn./ It's the collective sigh we breathe as we lower our masks to return to our normal, but somehow different lives. /It's the beginning of a new era.

Bernadette Barry
Penticton,BC CA

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine,/I waited for your touch, a lover's touch/tender, gentle, freeing me from bondage/freeing me to embrace, to gather, to hold hands/your touch removed my fear/opened my heart/opened my doors/opened my life to the world/this fragile world forever changed/perhaps wiser and perhaps kinder

Dorothy Beavington
Surrey, B.C.

It's the...

It’s the passage of 19 covid skies / meanderings for my sheltering eyes / Pareidolia chisels abstract kingdoms from clouds / dark rolling storm fronts shroud / my beloved city

Ronald Simon
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Vaccine, please...

Look into all those young eyes and see what you have done please lift this ban to save not just us but yourself

Megan
Coquitlam, British Columbia

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine You’ve become a wave. Not like the tidal waves of grief for loved ones lost but one of relief. Yet trepidation, a dark cloud vanishing. Hope sobered, knowing most of the world awaits. Shimmering bright light on diamond sparkled calmer waters. A re-emerging future? The last spike in a railroad that binds? Or more of you to follow?

Grant Warrington
Victoria BC

It's the...

It's the pop of the skin, where we all can begin to learn to live together again

Scott Hundey
Ontario, Canada

Vaccine, please...

"Where is the Light"// All around us I see disarray./ All around us I see dread./ All around is only darkness./ Where is the light?// Businesses everywhere are closing./ So many people out of work./ Long lines at shelters and at food banks./ Where is the light?// Hospitals are full to bursting./ Nurses and doctors run off their feet./ Cancer patients denied treatment./ Where is the light?// Children unable to attend classes. / Games and parties not allowed. Stuck at home with distraught parents./ Where is the light?// So many people losing parents./ So many people left alone. / So many people missing their loved ones? /Where is the light?// People refusing to take precautions./ People protesting the lockdowns./ People who think they have the answers./ Where is the light.?/ But wait, is that a glimmer? / But wait is that a light?/ But wait, look, I see it shining./ Vaccinations lighting up the dark night!

Beverley McCollin-Moore
Montreal,Quebec

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, You're our hope/open borders, halt hoarders, loose gov't orders/ give us family, society, gradually, happily/oh to be not stalled by shirkers and lurkers, doubters debunkers/one poke-like acorn to oak, uncloak 19's choke; then swell breath; battle death; bloom and laugh once again...and share.

Nancy Louise Carey
Ontario, Canada

Dear vaccine...

you rememdy closed borders, TP hoarders, gov't orders

Nancy Carey
Rodney, Ontario, Canada

Dear vaccine...

I hope we soon will be out of chaotic life and pathetic state/ I hope we soon will be no longer remain in isolate state/ I hope we soon will wipe out our negative memories of pandemic state/ I hope we soon will live our normal life and our freedom state/ We wish our sincere thanks to those who worked tirelessly to found "you" and made it available to each of us/ We hope this will help in fulfilling our wishes and reconnect our hearts

Rajinder
Toronto, ON, Canada

It's the...

Flowers are blooming,/ Blackbirds are singing;/ They don’t have a clue./ I wore the mask you made for me to the liquor store today.

Steven Hardy
London, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

you are tempting me a return to my old life/except I do not desire that return/covid stopped my life in its tracks/ made me reconsider what ignites joy/ and how to make peace with myself while being with myself/without the shiny objects of my prior life to distract me/ covid, you killed parts of me while ending the lives of so many others/ dear vaccine -- you offer me a new start/ i am not brought back to the old ways but opened up to new worlds of expansion/paid for by bouts of brutal honesty and tears and loneliness.

Caroline Meyer
Toronto, Canada

We liked / being able...

being able to board planes to go to countries we didn't know yet, speak to unknown people and make friends, go out at a moment's notice to meet friends for a meal or a walk,

Kathe Lieber
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Dear vaccine...

dear vaccine, you are not the solution "/" we are the solution and you are the chariot "/" you are the bus, the train, the boat, the canoe "/" that we shall ride to freedom and I pray, oh how I pray "/"to every god that does or does not exist "/" that we shall have the wisdom to look around "/" and see the joy, the relief, the gratitude of ALL our fellow passengers "/" who are looking at us in the same manner.

Peter Showler
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine/Such weight you carry/Holding up hope for us weary, heavy hearted, masked marauders/We thank you with watery eyes and collective sighs/ A jab- liked push; a second wind to help round the bend for home...Grateful.

Rosanne
Ontario, Canada

It's the...

It's the moment... It's my moment... My heart is beating a little faster... I feel excited... I feel happy... I stand in line anonymous... yet special... because it is my turn, my moment... but what if?... Don't go there, it'll be fine... Be thankful and full of hope... Hope for everyone... Everyone everywhere... To be in this moment, one day soon... It only takes a moment... A moment in time... A significant moment... In our time... This is our time... Our time in history...

Claire Cheesman
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Have some Moderna,my dear. It will protect you from Covid I hear. A shot in the arm will do you no harm So have some Moderna, my dear .

Gayle Havrot
Ottawa Ontario

Dear vaccine...

I am huddled in my warm cocoon,/while all around me pandemonium erupts,/The Garbed Nameless, their fears, families, friends pushed to the back,/ push gurneys quickly down endless corridors,/past the windows where cold trucks hunch in plain sight.//I peer out the windows smeared with dog nose prints,/ out the windows of my tired computer,/ a sad witness to the fires raging,/waiting for your pokes that will free me to step outside,/ to enter the cascade of tears,/of sorrow, of elation, of reuniting,/ of counting our losses and our blessings.

Danyelle
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dear vaccine...

We courageously trust you and accept you so that we and others can be safe

Bob Dersé
Seattle, WA

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, I don’t want the world/ to return to its old ways as you save our/ lives. You showed us how to work with/ souls we will never meet, to protect/ every person. Dear vaccine, you teach a/ body to resist a pathogen, but viruses/ are not the only poison. This toxin of/ greed fouls our earth and sells the care/ of our vulnerable to the lowest bidder./ Please please, dear vaccine, teach us/ how to turn this venom against itself.

Deb O'Rourke
Toronto, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Please bring our families back together.

Kimberly
Ravenna Ohio

Vaccine, please...

Help us conquer//It came//We saw//And//We implore you to conquer!

Nan Nicholls
Pittsburgh PA

It's the...

one little poke (or two) that signals hope

Holly Norton
Lima, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

you weren't in time to enable me to travel to see my grandma before she died / or attend her funeral / but you're here now / thank goodness

Elena Payne-Wiens
Charlotte, NC

Dear vaccine...

I did not realize how stressful life had been until driving home, wearing my band aid and carrying my little card, I burst into tears of gratitude and relief.

Greenheron
Boston

We liked / being able...

Awesome

Fafa
Iran

Vaccine, please...

inviolate! Pain and its relief, football in the back yard, is this not worth a keeping guard? Say no to this disease. This after party, please...

George c
Columbus, Ohio

It's the...

Wunderkammer in Soprano / They craned from windows / And sang as they clapped / "Qu'ils mangent da la brioche! / And loudly shout, 'Prost!' / We'll eat cakes and some pies / Adding lies upon lies." / Attacked from the air / But they still wouldn't wear / Any masks for the pain / Until Army trucks came / "This will only kill time / But it likely will rhyme / Let's wait two weeks / Not more / I'm sure, likely the poor." / And refrigerated spaces / Marked X as the spot / Then they thought and they fought / Of the lot they'd pull through / We could only know...who? / "We've got more and more horrors / So, now repeat the chorus!" / or amaze and then floor us... now go get the vaccine. Seriously, stop adding to this poem and go get a shot!

Maggs Vibo
Richmond, VA

Dear vaccine...

It’s a jab that healthy It’s a jab that’s free It’s a jab that’s global It’s a jab that’s cure you

Ashish Gotmare
Madhaypradesh

Dear vaccine...

Save Us, Dear Vaccine Kill the virus. Make the world safe again. We want this pandemic to end. We want to watch movies in Miramar. We want to eat Häagen-Dazs. Let us see our grandparent They are leaving alone They are going to be very ill if they don't have your help It has been a billion years since we stepped out. Even Elon Musk cannot go to Mars now. We don’t care if you are either AZ, Moderna, BNT, or Johnson. Just come to Taiwan and stop the virus.

Justin Tseng
Taipei, Taiwan

Dear vaccine...

We have a new hope, desire, to see a different world. We have a sense that better will come. Closer families, stronger relationships. The best is yet to come, I do believe, the best is yet to come.

Ms Browneyez 61
Garfield Heights

It's the...

It’s the finish line, or just the start? Sitting in the Target Pharma, whose the target? What? Will we forget before or remember before? / vitamins and cough syrup and contact solution stare at me while I wait / is this the solution, for the contact?

Willis Matthews
Ohio

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, we welcome you


Kozani, Greece

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde: "The only thing worse than being vaccinated is not being vaccinated."

Greg Evans
Tucson, AZ

It's the...

Covid Haiku: I got my vaccine! / Everyone should get theirs, too / It takes all of us.

Megan Hawkins
San Antonio, TX

It's the...

All terrified,/ We were locked in our homes./ Even the streets were empty,/ There was nowhere to roam./ We were hit by a pandemic/ Which moved the roots of our nation./ No wonder, the damage was only the human's creation./ We were in a battlefield/ Without a sword and a guard/ Though we tried to protect ourselves with the shield of social distancing/ but unlucky it wasn't that hard./ We became so pathetic At a point of time/ That we were shaking with fear/ No matter how many times we said "we were fine"./ Soon enough/ The scientist came up with a shield./ It was our armour/ In the covid-19 battlefield./ For the sake of people/ The scientists invented the vaccine./ And it's totally safe/ There's no such harm that can be seen./ You may get a little dizzy,/ And catch a small fever./ But that's not enough a reason/ To not get vaccinated ever./ Vaccination is for your own good/ It makes you immune./ It won't cause you any serious side effects After it is consumed./ Rumours are born from the roots of fear/ But there's no need for you to believe in them, dear./ Let's listen to those who have proper knowledge,/ And aware the rest/ Let's all of us take this pledge./ Lakhs of people have already got vaccinated./ So have you decided, when are you going next?/ - Sakshi Pandey

Sakshi Pandey
Delhi, India

We liked / being able...

To roam freely between states and countries/ a global exchange of movement that will forever be changed./ To remember the sound of / Commingled voices in a crowded place. / To be grateful for the points of connection we have / a web of intersecting trajectories that always double back to our humanity.

Kelly Lydick
Phoenix, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, Please show the world yourself, that you save life. Smiles and tears, all up to what happens next. I hope we can work together, to defeat covid-19. We went to classes normally, we had dance, we had tutor. We were waiting for summer, and summer camps. But it seems like all those plans, has been ruined. Coronavirus is like a poison medicine, It killed lots of people. So we all hope that you can help us more, please let us all go back to school and work soon. Dear vaccine, restore our lives, and make everyone happy again. We will also do our best, to help defeat coronavirus, and go back to the beautiful world, Just like before.


Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, Please come and help us People around the world need your help There are many people Calling out for help and support Many losing their lives Many mourning for their loved ones Covid 19 stole our world away Leaving us helpless at first But then you were there to assure hope Please come quickly In our world we used to have a voice A voice to speak outside We had plans But they were ruined We now live separately Maybe from our family or friends It’s really sad isn’t it So please care for us During the school year, Students have to go online to learn It’s really tiring and frustrating Classmates can’t see any of their good friends Or teachers People rarely get to go Out and play or exercise We’re just too scared Scared that the virus might Hurt us our family Or our friends People that we care about need protection But staying home won’t do anything We need you vaccine to come out Into the world To destroy that Nasty virus that was a threat You’ll be a superhero to the world Our superhero Staying at home is boring Taking away our excited And happy smiles Please vaccine The more you give The more we’ll appreciate Though we sometimes treat The world unfairly please just Give us a chance To be normal and joyful We now know how hard Mother Nature works And how hard the people have worked We really appreciate their help We’ve changed dear vaccine So give us an opportunity To heal and reflect Please just help us We are in great need Of your support


Dear vaccine...

Thank you for offering me freedom from my safe, cozy, soft, gentle home and the quiet, meditative time I spent during the COVID "timeout" in my life. I enjoyed the interruption to my busy, bothersome, cumbersome activities in my life. Now it is time to emerge from my sacred space and share what I have learned and what I love. It is time to meet with others, safely, and compare what we have enjoyed and how we have stretched ourselves into being more compassionate, caring, loving to the environment and humanity locked in the jaws of survival.

Suzanne Frazier
Longmont, Colorado

It's the...

It's the shield, powerfully standing out, protecting us, allowing us to go to different places, do what we want to do, see who we want to see. It's the magical universal key, opening all the doors in the world. Shops, houses, schools, offices, It's used everywhere. Once we all have it, everything will open up again, even our lives. It's our only hope left. We've done everything to help, but nothing works. Each day, only more and more people die from the virus, like a curse cast upon us, too powerful, making it impossible to defeat.

Audrey
Taipei, Taiwan

Vaccine, please...

vaccine, please prove to dad that i am asking him to get his first moderna shot out of love / because i am worried about grandma and grandpa / and that my suffering is real / and that his q - anon posts aren't. // Vaccine, please prove to my aunt / a registered nurse on indigenous land, / her next choice is important / because that vaccine card / is not a yellow star / and her ignorance is murder. // vaccine, please prove to my cousin / to take his first shot / i will know from what he shows / that which he does to protect others / his children will also know. // vaccine, please prove to my biker uncle / he should take his next shot at / the drive-thru clinic rather than the bar / or even after a 12 step meeting / to put medicine instead of poison in his body. // vaccine, please make my family love / i haven't spoken to them in months / i hope they can still get out of the Q-hole / i don't know what they're doing now / i hope that they take their vaccine before someone dies.

kkennon
tucson, arizona

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine Rescue us, Vaccine/ Our smiles have vanished,/ If it wasn’t for you, the world would have been nightmarished./ A single nick on an arm can retrieve one’s soul,/ You are our hope of keeping our body and soul together,/ Help us conquer the crown-shaped curse,/ Without you, people’s lives would immerse./ Help us,/ Be the hero,/ Stop this unexpected tragic./ Clean our stained air!/ Let us see our heartfelt grandparents,/ Feel the warmth and comfort of them once again./ Let us have a handshake for the first time,/ Having a hi-five had never given such content./ Honestly, you deserve a medal,/ Save us with your magical vessel./ Support us,/ Be the victor,/ Stop our relentless quarantines./ We are so brave,/ But we want to see those faces under the masks,/ Citizens will implore to give a hug./ They say absence makes the heart stronger,/ but we feel empty inside./ One day, People could have a good old chat,/ It will likely be about your heroic acts./ Assist us,/ Be the protector,/ Stop our cancelled clubs./ You, vaccine, you will make history,/ We want to enter the grocery stores,/ I promise you, everyone will be grinning./ We want to go to school,/ I promise you, it will never be as exciting./ We want to see our loved ones,/ I promise you, it is better than netflix binge watching./ These lonely years,/ We will count on the countries and most importantly,/ YOU./ By: Janet Chuang/ Age: 11/ Country: Taiwan

Janet Chuang
Taipei, Taiwan

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to do as we pleased / please take us back to those days. We promise to return with fresh eyes and new ways / to continue to live lightly so you can retire in peace. Thanks for all you've done, now we'll get back to the work of healing.

Barbara Swail
Vancouver Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, Thank you. Even though you don’t know me I know you Like I knew the laughter of my friends At three in the morning Like I knew my heart’s pitter, patter Alone on the subway Like I knew the scent of the airport Coming back from a trip Like I knew the smell of sweat Wafting in a stadium Like I knew my grandmother’s touch Before she left. Alone in the hospital. Before you came. Dear vaccine, Did you know that you managed to unite The ununtiable? While an old white man rambled on the screen Andrew went to a party Sally stayed at home Amy cried as she watched Andrew take his last breath And knew she couldn’t save him But you Stood stagnant in the background Only to come up And have Roger&Annie&Todd Tell one other to invite you Into their arms So they could hug each other Again Dear Vaccine, You’re a trickster! You plagiarized his proteins. And put it in our arms To protect us from him How funny! That man over there Thinks you’re out to get him And he’s right. Dear vaccine, Why Do people think you’re a scam Their prophecies ringing in the Ears of politicians Nurses Doctors When I could hear the hopeless cries of Andrew&Amy When I Could feel the blood, Sweat, Tears Joy Of scientists when you were stuck Into my arm Dear Vaccine, Know that You’re the steady chorus That will prevail And remain A reminder that we Waited, Wondered, Wished For the lives we complained about To come back And sing to us again Dear Vaccine, Thank You.

Madison Cunningham
Toronto, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Come clear the clouds away Bye bye grey skies Hello sunshine Rays connecting the entire world Liberate our existence Sterile armour head to toe Home sweet home Watching through windows Like animals at the zoo Life goes bye Liberate our existence Come save us. Reach your arms around the globe And squeeze tight On warm lavender winds Arrive like spring after a harsh winter Allowing plants to shed their harsh frost coverings Liberate our existence Twisting, turning, twining Though flesh and bone A glowing shield from danger Let us fly into the world Birds leaving their cage Liberate our existence Dear vaccine, Liberate our existence


Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, Please show the world yourself, that you save life. Smiles and tears, all up to what happens next. I hope we can work together, to defeat covid-19. We went to classes normally, we had dance, we had tutor. We were waiting for summer, and summer camps. But it seems like all those plans, has been ruined. We all hope that you can help us more, please let us all go back to school and work soon. Dear vaccine, restore our lives, and make everyone happy again. We will also do our best, to help defeat corona virus, because the world was beautiful and peaceful before.

Emma Chen
Taiwan, Taipei

It's the...

It's the ointment without the fly/it's the tiny ocean built to carry us back to ourselves again.

John
Scotland

Dear vaccine...

Oh dear vaccine

Vaishnavi
Budaun, Uttar Pradesh

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, / I pursued you like a relentless suitor, / sought you out on every computer site / as if searching for a hookup on Hello Cupid. / How disappointing, day after day, to find / I could not find you, to discover your dance card / already filled. I wanted you bad. No, let’s be honest: / I needed you, Vaccine to protect me. My defenses / had been breached, I couldn’t safeguard my self. / But it seemed as though we weren’t fated to meet. / And when I gave up, just as the saying says, / like a butterfly, you came to me. When the call / came that finally we would meet, I dropped everything / and rushed to feel the coolness of your steely kiss. / I felt like I’d won the lotto. And by the second time / we met, I could already feel you leading me / to a safer world, one in which I would no longer / need be afraid of friends and family and anyone / not living in my house, one in which hugs / would once again be in fashion. Vaccine, oh, Vaccine, / you—don’t be modest—you made that happen. / Dear Vaccine, you played hard to get, but you / were so worth it. Precious Vaccine, I don’t want / to sound pathetic, but I don’t think I could have lived / without you. Dear Vaccine, I love you. / Signed, / Me, your biggest fan

Yvonne Zipter
Chicago, IL

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, the earth we took for granted. Now it's treasures are locked away. No amount of begging can save us from our plague. But as long as we have hope for the future of our lives . . . the earth could forgive the mistakes we never realized.

Helen
Akron, OH

It's the...

It's the pattern of days, each next one unremarkable from the dat before . . . twinning past to future that you, vaccine has interrupted . . . restoring the magic of unexpected encounters, unanticipated smiles.

Heather
Akron, OH

It's the...

It's the nectar of renewal. The renewed spirit of families and cities. The renewed sense of purpose and drive of those who have endured a life event.

Sergeant Michael Johnson
Cleveland, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, universal friend and helper of us who lived in fear/ helper of those who had various hard times/ closed in cities/ closed in buildings/ closed with people/ closed in our rooms/ with unpredictable health/ give us a new normality/ not the old one/ not the one who's destroying the planet/ who destroys communities/ but a new one that will help us recover/ that will help us create a future

Blu Benetti
Pisa, Italy

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine /you can save the world 🌍/ save the world from loneliness and fear/save the restaurants so we can celebrate/And save our learning communities so our children can thrive/SAVE US

Fran
Ossining, NY

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please let me go to the zoo , see my friends let me get ice cream 🍦 and go to school 🏫

Sparrow age 8
Ossining NY

Dear vaccine...

Thank you dear dear vaccine/that the Flute Loops finally together/in person!!! playing!!/after 14 months!!/We were so hungry for it!/All that smiling--it was almost hard to play/Someday soon I will fly to the amazing Sparrow and we will run together through the sprinklers

Debra Jacobson
Tucson, Arizona

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please…enter the bloodstream of those who look on you with fear

Betsy K
Montrose

Dear vaccine...

Please curb this unprecedented incidence Bring back the purity of air as evidence Let me breathe fresh air fragrance Without any mask interference Let me once again enjoy the sunlight outside of my home By the lane beside the purple blooms Please give me back my freedom And save me with your wisdom

Radhika S
Hyderabad, India

We liked / being able...

We like to run free and feel the breeze on our faces. Being able to see my daughter climb up, climb over and climb under in the playground with her friends like a wild squirrel is my hope dear Vaccine,

Yannis Lobaina
Toronto, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Oh, Covid-19, How considerate of you to cover the world, allow Planet Earth to heal. Oh, lethal bat-birthed bane, imprison us at home, until greenhouse gas emissions go the way of the dodo. You show us, oh powerful pathogen, how to drop pollution levels with ease of coconuts from palms. Oh, queen of contagion, choke poacher’s breath, keep coal in their fracked holes, shutter factories and slaughterhouses. I bow to your potent power, wear facemasks to lessen your infection and gloves to keep at bay your bacillus. You, a mighty microbe of mass murder, and yet, oh, social spreader of sickness, you mend our planet. We are mere mortals waiting for your pox to pass. Oh, toxic troubadour, who has escorted dolphins to Venice’s canals, coaxed wildlife to venture out, siphoned chemicals from the seas, before we destroy you, I beseech you: make us mind the earth.

Joan Beth Gerstein
Oceanside, CA

It's the...

It's the pinnacle of the pyramid Where the magic of our science, Owed to countless generations, says "Thank you for your sacrifices... that we may live"

Jerry Butson
Oxford, UK

It's the...

One desperate vial/with more tickets/to more life.

Raju Tai
Bengaluru, India

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please let me see my grandchildren again/ Let me hold their faces in my hands and kiss their cheeks and smell their hair/ Let me go to them without fear that I will hurt them.

Christine
Washington

Vaccine, please...

At last give care to our young ones strong. With shields un- seen protect. Lead us from the viral storm to safe harbor up ahead.

T.V. Myers
Valley Coity, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

For my lover, my mother there will be no escape. You arrived in time, but still too late. Miraculous, save for Lazarus, you inject regret, push hope into my arm. You cannot inoculate my failure to protect, prevent harm. A year, and so many lives ago, Camus told me of Rieux, said not to rue, said to more “admire than despise”. But you are not the final victory. The Horsemen are here, won’t disappear, We must awake. We must arise.

Leah
Ottawa, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, You can save us all. No more online school, no more zoom constantly, no more having to pry your eyes open in order to look at screens. You will let us all be together, unmasked, and happy. We'll have family gatherings, and COVID-19 will be not much. You can change the world.

Maddie, 10 years old.
Toronto, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

what to say to you you will make us all smile, we love you


Dear vaccine...

Please take Covid away. I want to be able to play with my best friend. I want it to be normal and be able to go out and not have to remember a mask

Brooklyn
Burnaby, B.C. Canada

It's the...

It is the... The adorable Mother Nature has waged a new war it is the fear of the unknown, it is the losing of a loved one, it is what we don't know, a novel virus, for month after month living through a nightmare, it is the failure and victory of science, it is the breakdown and lockdown, it is the news we share around the world, Whether wealthy or poor, fair or unfair. It is the new norm for you, me and us, all around the world. How did it start and who is to blame? The cause is unknown and we are all the innocents. In future, we may be able to know who is behind all this, who is to blame for the biological warfare, that has taken the lives of many innocent men and women and a lot more.

M Dris
Ottawa

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please do more than we expected. Be a star, a savior, a nest to break our fall.

Joy McDowell
Springfield, OR

It's the...

It’s like the lights of our souls burnt out: Some gradually faded and flickered and faded and flickered. Others suffocated; choked in sheets of darkness in the gulp of an instant. Still others were resourceful and turned on headlights of hope and high beams of trust to make their way through uncertain terrain. “Your pandemic is not my pandemic And my pandemic is not yours.” Surely. But… Can you be the lamp post that lights up the streets of our hearts Or is the road map lost forever, No GPS, no air traffic controller can steer it back? Maybe you can reroute the heart to have it beat again…even a slow stutter would inch us away from the Rest Stop… Maybe eventually beat with steady speed towards compassion and understanding And occasional braking with patience and a newfound wisdom as we yield toward a fresh beginning filled with potential. Surely. For byways and highways of kindness that lead to a parking lot of Self-discovery And courage to look under the hood, Deep inside ourselves, To discover that what we are desperately searching to find on the side road Is already here in the driveway. It is a long journey, hardest on those filled with road-rage. Can you sequester the carbon that has filled our lungs with toxins and lubricate souls rusted over with bitter idleness? Can you be the merge lane onto the pathway of freedom? Freedom from protests that lead to dead-ends of hate and utter disillusionment? Is a U-turn possible? Can you help us arrive to a place long lost in the shadows of flickering lights? Set our course. For ourselves, for each other, for our planet, Let every road lead to the destination of Healing. Surely.

Andrea Blaine
Alexandria, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

dear and blessed, the same way the new born is dear and blessed since the first day in this world, for bringing joy to each day, hope for the upcoming future, and longing for the days gone that did not allow our love ones to meet and enjoy the new born.


Lakewood Ohio

Dear vaccine...

blessed vaccine, like a new born baby who is dear and blessed to our hearts since the very first day among us.


Lakewood, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

Prayer to a Vaccine Dear Pfizer, sweet Pfizer Pfly on to Tokyo My loved ones await you and their own Pflight from Covid Dear Pfizer, please save them, so far from Toronto, let them come home, remember tomorrow.

Anonymous
Canada

We liked / being able...

I looked forward to the monthly book group, a place of safety in an unsafe world. recently made more unsafe, so thank you, vaccine, as I plan to re-join the first meeting in a year and a half

Whitney Scott
Dyer, IN

It's the...

it's the/ it was the day; the god had thrown— a wildflower into her hands/ when a newborn drifted from between her legs—bloodied pink blossom/ lattice grows around her body winding her mind to be careful in pressing those petals like fingers too hard/ when the sun blazed tiny palms; shadows opaque; shaped like a mother—lashes spread and into those eyes; one had slept for many years/ during pandemic/ no burrows were left safe for rat-year to hide/ the mother bows; lights a candle and wraps needle— its the gift for their kids birthday/

Rose (Shilpa Bharti)
JHARKHAND; INDIA

Dear vaccine...

Anne Stewart June 1, 2021 Dear vaccine/ do you recall when we first heard of you? / silent, mysterious/ you slid into our minds and our dreams/ with a ‘what-if’ quality/ But, vaccine, what will happen / to those who refuse you?/ Will it be like Jesus and Peter?/

Anne Stewart
Edmonton, Alberta

It's the...

it was the day/ the god had thrown—/ a wildflower into her hands/ when a newborn drifted from between her legs—bloodied pink blossom/ lattice grows around her body winding her mind to be/ careful in pressing those petals like fingers too hard/ when the sun blazed tiny palms; shadows opaque / shaped like a mother—lashes spread and into those eyes/ one had slept for many years/ during pandemic/ no burrows were left safe for rat-year to hide/ the mother bows; lights a candle ; wraps needle—/ its the gift for / their kids birthday/

Rose
Jharkhand, India

Dear vaccine...

No one was immune. But an end to this nightmare Comes from the vaccine.

JH Johnson (@poems_over_coffee)
Virginia

We liked / being able...

we liked believing a kiss / was a simple choice / between loneliness and claiming, / not a complicated choice / between loneliness and lung-drowning death // now a kiss could baptize you / in the River Styx, / never let you up / for prayer

Laurie Anne Fuhr
Calgary, Alberta

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please save our neighbors, and help us remember those who where not fortunate enough to get the vaccine.

Danny
Greenville, SC

Dear vaccine...

You are science in a vial. the whole world is science, that is how things work.

David Fraser
Edmonton, Alberta

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, / People are saying you / are the savior and I think / maybe that's true. But some / newly sea-legged among us are still / scared, scarred, looking / out of the portholes of ships / at the light / the land / the wingtips flapping on water / going about the business of snatching up fish / watching for signs / of how to emerge. / Can we trust the anchor, submerged / in its own darkness? / No one is saying we are saved.

A.S.
Washington, D.C.

Dear vaccine...

You hold us tight/You soothe us with quiet nothings/You kiss our forehead; you rub our back./You whisper into our ear, “It’s okay./I am here, now, and I will help you.”

Semilore Olafare
Calgary, Alberta

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine/ I didn't realize how very much I craved you/Had lived so long with fear that I didn't realize I was afraid/my baby, born as you were/locked in a world of masks from birth/and when they put the needle in my arm/a tiny prick I didn't even feel/tears ran down my cheeks/now I could offer protection to my tiny child/each time she nursed/protection I was helpless to provide/until you.

Christy L. Collins
Wadsworth, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

DearVaccine, Showers of gently hued rhodo blossoms line my walkway; without you making me pause my daily life, I never would have seen a thumb print of the Creator on one petal of each bloom. It has stiples just like you.

Betty Donaldson
Vancouver Island, Canada

We liked / being able...

We like Operation Warp speed, its saving alot of lives and its working indeed. Now that Covid is on the decline and we are over the hump, lets all give a big thank you to former President Trump.

John L Glowaniak
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania

Dear vaccine...

Help me mingle my breath with my vote, my word/name, my click of a key with others in amnesty around the world. A petition fluttered past my inbox, yellow-green leaf on black line-branch, the contrast made me look up, read the words of asking. Petition, a church word from my youth meaning prayer, intention, to put out there in the universe, a bright kite with little note-tail spiraling up to heaven. The ask was simple, use the astro vaccines before they are past their date. Or share them; or both

Kate Marshall Flaherty
Toronto Canada

Dear vaccine...

I didn't expect to feel so overcome with emotion right before I met you. You make me feel hopeful. You make me feel relieved. You give me light at the end of the tunnel. You also prompted me to grieve...to grieve the last year. The first year of my daughter's life. Her beautiful life. Her sheltered life. She knows nothing else. And she won't remember. But we all will.

Leah D
Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Now vaccine / now you are here / now help us here / now make us happy here / now please no social distancing here / now no more wearing masks here / now make this virus go far away from here / Now vaccine

Payton Grade 5
Winnipeg Manitoba

Dear vaccine...

Thank you for saving so many but lets not forget about the many more. / you're out of reach for so many but upon received other heart sore/ Many are excited to get back living the daily chore, hugging their loved ones more and more/ smiles and happiness/ friendships and love/ like you were sent from above/ but lets not forget those that wont receive you and the many families that grieve too/ lets take this opportunity to create a more compassionate community, and create unity/// through global vaccination.

Mark Julius
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Thanks to you the joy of parenting is restored As I now watch my little ones interact with family and friends Knowing they do indeed have a village, a community to support them and us.

Jen H
Washington, DC

Dear vaccine...

Emerging from shadows / as though cast on a wall / into a full light / rounded laughter / completed by voices / here around you

Ken
Quebec

Dear vaccine...

We were all waiting for you You were unexpected Even if people don’t believe in you You are fighting hard Against that unwanted virus And we are all thankful We will emerge stronger from this ordeal So Let’s forget those hard months. Celebrate the victory And enjoy life again.

Radé
Clf, France

Dear vaccine...

It’s me. See, all this people were waiting for you. You came like a strange star ; so bright, so mysterious, so far away from our knowledge, but still a hope in the big dark sky. Please, comfort me. Maybe it’s the end. Perhaps, thanks to you, we are gonna live and enjoy again. And, finally, you are going to light our days, like before. No more tears. No more fears. I just want to hug everyone. I just want to see their smiles. Just a simple “hi” from my grandpa. Just a little flight over the clouds, even a few minutes. Are you gonna do this to me ? To us ? Are you the issue ? I want to trust it so bad. Please, let us live like yesterday. I hate the cause of your presence but, today, I’m grateful you’re here. Dear vaccine, save our hopes, our dreams and our futures.

Selma
Clermont-Ferrand (France)

Dear vaccine...

Help me to protect my family And all the people, close or not, to me Help me to find my life before Covid Because now I am exhausted We have to fight together So that our situation is better Today I am full of hope And I wish it won’t be a flop

Juliette
Clermont-Ferrand

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine Not all people want you, And it’s ok , it’s a choice. But you can maybe save our social life, To go to the party, travel abroad and to go nice. You have the power to protect people, Nephews, husbands and grandparents, The Covid waves can stop with you, And we will be able to live normally and celebrate events. We like issues you have, Laugh, dance and sing, We have need to go out of this depress, The life with covid are gloomy and colourless. It’s the solution for sensitive persons, You are not old and you have need modifications, So we must pay attention, But it’s our job to remain vigilant. Vaccine, please, stop this nightmare

Marion C.
Clermont Ferrand, France

Dear vaccine...

Oh pharmaceutical corporations / you corporate swine / poisoning people for profit / so much of the time / But this time round / truly the greater crime / is the virus they call Covid / so I'll thank you, but only this time

GSE
Tucson, AZ

We liked / being able...

just a smile not only by the crinkle in their eyes

Joseph Scarpelli
Oakland, CA

It's the...

dose of light at the end of a dark tunnel


Ida Grove, Iowa

Dear vaccine...

I’m , a bit afraid of you I know that you can be benefit But you can also be unhealthy So please Be nice with everybody and help us Please For the recovery of the world

Simon Quero
Clermont-Ferrand

Dear vaccine...

I don't think you are strong enough, I don't think the governments use you as they should. I mean the people who already have / had covid must use you even if our body doesn't need you. There are so many doses that are not used. In our country, it not possible to use you if we are under 18. And if we can't use your we can't do anything but go to school. I’d love to meet with my friends again but I don't think you are the solution. Also, I have phobia of needles and I can't get you. A lot of my friends also con't stard needles. So neither I or my friends can get the benefits you are offering. If governements used you in a better way, maybe you could be enough, but for now, you just are not. Be brave <3

Mateo (@commeragee on ig)
Clermont ferrand, France

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, I am not sick from covid, i am sick of covid, I want to be able to smile, go to a party, travel all around the world do the things that make our daily life more enjoyable and just catch up… The more we advance in life the more I have the impression that it is a waste of time Covid give us back our life !

Juliette Ladriere
Clermont Ferrand (France)

Dear vaccine...

I don't like you covid, you bore me with your masks. Kisses from your little Romiñho

Romiñho
Mexico

Dear vaccine...

Some people would say I got lucky. No virus passed my mask, but I’m still hurt. It took away the faces of my friends, in a whole school year, I never saw their smile. Our happiness gone, our lives revolving around a computer in a small room, our only social interactions, online. My great grandmother was too strong for that virus who took everything away from us. But she couldn’t survive that loneliness, that isolation that was supposed to protect us.

A.E.M.
Clermont Ferrand, France

Dear vaccine...

Because of you, my family is scared Of being alone this year. And now I have become more aware Of all the the things that were in my life. Now I just want my daily life back But you have made me realise who had my back The friends who left me, and the one who stayed In the most difficult times of the day.

Zaynab
Clermont-Ferrand, France

Vaccine, please...

You are scared by the vaccine But me by the virus You are scared for you But me for the other You say it has an economic purpose But me a medical goal You say you don't want to get vaccinated But why? You don't want to see your loved ones again? You want to keep your mask? You want to still life like this year? You don't want to be vaccinated, But there is no valid reason for it. So please vaccine, for you, and for the other!

Yanis
France

Dear vaccine...

At first I was afraid of you, I wondered if I should trust you. I didn't know you and you came from a place I didn't know. But after a few months, I managed to believe that with my friends to find laughter again, I had to believe in you. Understand, you are not THE solution, you are ONE of the best right now.

Romain
France

Vaccine, please...

I hope you will touch everyone to save the world from the pandemic. I know that some people didn't believe and still don't believe in you but I trust you. You are the change in our lives and all our hopes rest on you. Give us back the freedom and regain the happiness to make us happy for the end of our lives and our future generations. Be quick, you are our saviour !

LeptitLeo
J’habite chez Rominho

It's the...

It’s the FINAL LOCKDOWN So… The government has decided to vaccine the whole population. And it’s cool: I’m a little tired to wearing those FREAKIN’ MASKS, to wash my hand at the entry of all stores and to don’t see the faces of the people I hang out with. Also there’s no more cinemas, and that’s not good. So I think a majority of people should get vaccine in order to definitively end this pandemic and prepare for the next: I would like the government to read World War Z (who had predicted a lot of things, in 2003) this time and I hope the government to do not say that ‘‘we don’t need masks, we don’t need a lockdown, the summer will eradicate the virus,…’’ and make the good decisions (especially if it is a zombie pandemic). Otherwise, I’ve discovered a lot of things this year (2020) and that have probably been my favourite year since a looooooong time (especially during the lockdown). So, to conclude, I hope everybody to be well, respect others and prepare to another catastrophe as I am sure they will be more frequents in the future. P.S. And I would love to have the 5G.

Axel Gautier
France

It's the...

It’s the… A glimmer of hope ? Or just a lie to keep us calm, because nothing changes, nothing evolves, everything drags on. Confinements and firewalls alternate from month to month. Nothing more can be done. Dear vaccin, appears and acts.

Ness
Clf

Dear vaccine...

Inspire us! Allow us to live our lives, to take care of every second because we have wasted to much time last 2 years. Please give us the opportunity to be free and to smile to everyone without hiding behind an annoying mask. Give us the opportunity to see our friends and enjoy with them. Finally, give us the opportunity to be free and to take a deep breath. We want to exhale the past and inhale the future...

Anaïs
Clermont-Ferrand

It's the...

Liberty for me ! PERIODT BESTIE💅🏼

France
Clf

Vaccine, please...

Make our life better.I want to talk to my grand grandma without being scared of contaminating her. I want to go out, to seem friends without being anxious about our family being sick because of us . I want to see my sister more often , I want her her to not feel alone because of that virus . I want to feel alive again ... Dear vaccine, please make that possible...

Léa
Clermont-Fd, France

Vaccine, please...

Help, reassure, make the world like it was last year.


France, EU

It's the...

It’s the promise to find our life before, The glimmer of hope in a destroyed world. It’s the promise to find our families. A better world , we will see smiles again. The promise of a serene life again. The saviour, the price of the liberty.

Cloé
France

Vaccine, please...

I hope you will touch everyone to save the world from the pandemic. I know that some people didn't believe and still don't believe in you but I trust you. You are the change in our lives and all our hopes rest on you. Give us back the freedom and regain the happiness to make us happy for the end of our lives and our future generations. Be quick, you are our saviour !


Dear vaccine...

give me my liberty, give me all the smiles that have been hidden by the mask, give me back my youth !

Nafan
Clf, France

We liked / being able...

To hang out with our friends, see our family without any danger, go to concert, cinema, shows, go on vacation without having to cancel at the last minute, see our friends and without worrying about where they live, partying with our friends. All of this stuff miss me so much oh my lord.

Ylo
France, Eu

It's the...

It’s the reunion with people we haven’t seen for a long time, people who live far away from us It’s the trips we were unable to take, the places we didn’t see It’s the memories we couldn’t create with our family and our friends It’s all the opportunities we missed, all the goals we couldn’t achieve It’s the smiles we didn’t see and the love we didn’t receive It’s the promise of a better life in a better world The return of hope, the hope of regaining our former lives and being happy again

Lilou RP
France

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to go out with our friends. Enjoy life without thinking about time’s ends. Don’t stress when we have forgotten to wear masks. Always complaining even if nobody asks. We just liked being able to live normally. But now, it isn’t possible anymore in society.

Mariane KONAN
Clermont - Ferrand, FRANCE

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, the enemy that you fight didn’t change my life as well but he took my reason to live./ So kick him for me, Thank You/ See ya

D
Clermont-Fd, France

Dear vaccine...

Please help us


Tucson, Arizona

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please, help us to learn to have compassion for each other, to have a new awareness of the needs of others, to take care of each other and this beautiful living earth with new vision and renewed dedication...knowing you have opened the door to another chance to get this being human thing right...or at least better.

Melissa S.
Houston, Texas

Dear vaccine...

At the vaccination clinic/ blue stickers mark six-foot intervals/ on worn, conference-centre carpet--/ round, like happy faces, but with feet/ where mouths should be./ The man ahead of me wears flip-flops,/ toes bare, reddened, curling up/ at the edges when he walks,/ tic toc, slip slap./ I.D. cards--not empty bowls--outheld,/ we shuffle in snaking lines, follow/ the pointing arm of a Red Cross Knight./ He herds us to lance-wielding nurses/ who jab us each alone. We wait/ for immunity--for grace.

Jodi Lundgren
Victoria/Lekwungen BC

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, / Your hope-filled vials / Are made of multitudes of cries: / Tears / of relief; / of disbelief; / of those who gasp for breath - / for some, there is no vaccine left. There’s countries hoarding, / And countries mourning, / The lack of precious life liquid. / Because many are insipidly self-interested. Dear Vaccine, / have we not yet learned / That life cannot be earned? / We only survive / when ALL our family thrives. When we cling to the vaccine raft / And feel it’s safe to chaff / Thinking our privilege gives it air. / Dear vaccine, help us reconsider: / We only float when we all share.

Danaë
Edmonton, AB

Vaccine, please...

vacine, please release me from my fear of other...allow us all to work and play beside our fellow citizens of this great big world. protect us from the lonely.. nights and long days of eyes without faces.

Natasha Rasmussen
Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, in my life an arm poke granted freedom from: smallpox, pneumonia, tetanus, hepatitis A & B, MMR and diphtheria, yet, never sought as single-mindedly as Covid-19 vaccine, fatigue and sweating welcomed, antibodies replicating hope of retrieving days mindlessly walking streets unmasked, days’ worries ascendable

Laurel Sproule
Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, the pandemic has brought some of us together, while at the same time, ripped us apart. I/we want to break free, wee need to break from the masks and our homes. This vaccine is breaking those CHAINS to set us free!

Bethany
Tucson

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine Help us in this crisis we are in It’s been one year already having this horrible sickness Hurting families, Hurting friends Be our savior, in this world we call home Instead of numbers increasing, let it decrease Let us be normal for once Dear Vaccine Many special events were delayed Due to COVID-!9 People fear for their health, and going out to have fun Canceled birthdays Canceled concerts, Canceled City celebrations Hear us out We miss the little things we never thought of missing before Moments were delayed Memories were delayed by this pandemic Dear Vaccine Help us reach our goal for the globe Dear Vaccine Thank you.

Jacqueline Delgado
Chicago, Illinois

Dear vaccine...

When Covid struck everyone hated it nobody like the masks some even refused but when businesses and schools closed everybody had to stay home there was no more seeing family and no more vacations everybody used hand sanitizer and had to stay 6 feet away but now we're changing with the vaccine scedules are changing and getting filled people are seeing family and booking vacations people are needing less and less masks and don't always have to stay 6 feet away All because of the dear vaccine we're all changing with the vaccine


Dear vaccine...

Help me to understand dear vaccine What does everything mean I’ve seen so much fear and hate On whether or not to vaccinate The same is true about wearing masks When performing essential tasks Scientists and politicos disagree About the young and one 83 Getting vaccinated it is true May save one from getting sick too But some experts we have been told Only mandate for the sick and the old So I fervently pray dear vaccine That you won’t think me obscene To ask you to calmly accord And trust everything to the Lor

Richard Y Rowley
Aurora Ohio

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine... It's taken us a while, but here we are, we finally meet. Yet so many of us have left the Earth before getting to meet you. Not your fault though, no. There are many, many who should be held responsible for that... Regardless. Here we are. Happy to meet you. Happy to support you. Now go kick COVID's butt.

Skyler Stratyos
Alberta, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine: What freedom, what peace, what assurance, what hope, what joy your message brings! I have looked forward, yes, have even yearned to have you in my arms. My heart sings! The messenger, bringer of new expectations and restoration of my way of life, are you! I liked life, (I had one you know) with plans, people to see, places to go and things to do. You’ve cut the cords that bound me and have set me free. You are the wind beneath my wings, with you in my arms, my heart sings. You’re the drums in my band, the beat in my feet, oh! treats so sweet, The song in my heart, the sun in the skies, the oars for my canoe. Please, oh please, Vaccine! Without you, whatever would I do? You’re the love of my life, though worldwide you must joyfully be. Yours faithfully, (looking forward to when we can be together again) Masqué Et Avec Les Mains Lavées

Jean Momberger
Lethbridge Alberta Canada

It's the...

It's the microscopic power fighting the teeny-tiny virus that has a larger-than-life impact on the world and everyone in it. It's the ticket on a train to, not life as we knew it, but a new and better life, enriched by the courage, creativity, and persistence we have grown. It's the release from the ongoing depression born of masked faces and typed angry text that never would've been spoken out loud to a person's face. It's a breath of fresh air that we take in because now it is safe. It's the freedom from fear, the joy of saying hello to a human face, and the hope to look forward.

Miranda J Meek
Cincinnati, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine,/ I remember when you were just an infant,/ born of science, hard work, and cooperation;/ I remember when you were just an idea,/ created to help us live again;/ I remember the way the world used to be;/ with singing and dancing and laughing,/ But now it is a world without:/ Without unbounded life, joy, and passion/ Without family, work or friends,/ Without Hope./ But you have brought back hope once again./ It has been a while,/ Since it all began, with / the longing and waiting and praying./ And it has finally paid off./ We can see the glimmer of light/ at the end of the tunnel./ Light that signifies/ the return of life as we knew it;/ as we loved it./ It was a bumpy road,/ Full of potholes and stones,/ Treacherous, dangerous;/ With no clear path through./ Nevertheless, we persevered;/ We hung on and refused to let go./ And we reached towards/ the light that we longed for./ When we finally arrive at the place,/ full of light and joy and passion;/ Through persistence and hope./ We will remember to give credit to you./ For the joy that you restored;/ For the lives that you have saved;/ For Hope./ Dear Vaccine, thank you.

Group of 9C

Vaccine, please...

Ode to my vaccination/ Order of activity:/ Park in dusty lot,/ Locate all paperwork,/ Mask up snugly,/ Find first line, outdoors,/ Wait at six-foot distance,/ Enter clinic angling right,/ Hand-sanitize X 1./ (Mood: Resolute.)/

Carolyn Creed
Woodlands MB Canada

Dear vaccine...

Hello, Dear Vaccine, It was so nice to meet you. The arms which got vaccinated are the hands that produce the music, hold my cats, and make the music videos. The songs I produce are my children, keep me alive for them!

JoJo Hölzel
Tucson, AZ

Vaccine, please...

Winter takes the warm away / Spring takes the cold away / Summer takes the rain away / And this past Fall / Covid took away my friend.


San Antonio, TX

It's the...

We receive vaccine because I want to help slow the spread. NO MORE virus!

Janet Roberts
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, Covid couldn't stop me. I couldn't travel the world, so I traveled my country instead. I braved fire and climbed mountaintops and met people, and leanred so much about myself. And now that you are here, maybe I can see the rest of the world.

Laryn Graee
Tucson, AZ

It's the...

The suffering of Covid-19 is all around the world. The vaccine shot is freedom not only for us but for the whole world also.

Fr. Will Wauters
San Antonio, TX

Dear vaccine...

Espero que esta vacuna le de mas paz y sedguridad a el estado. Que todos beneficien de esto. Gracias por vacunasnos.

Emily Jimenez
San Antonio, TX

Dear vaccine...

Querida Vacuna, protege a los ingenuos que aun créen en que el Covid no existe, porque sin ti, ellos podrian morir.

Ismael Diaz
San Antonio, TX

It's the...

May God use these vaccine to bring us back together again. United after the story...more caring, loving and appreciative of your love for humanity.

Yolanda
San Antonio, TX

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please / help me / and my health / be good / all the time

Kate Gonzalez
San Antonio, TX

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine / I was so scared / of you but I / know that you / will be good to me / and my health

Kayla Gonzalez
San Antonio, TX

Vaccine, please...

My hope for this vaccine is that it teaches us that a free and accessible shot is how ti should always be. Beneficial to all!

Salma Nasser
San Antonio, TX

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please / save me. / I want to be / around my / family. // I want to come / back to church.

Vianney Villareal
San Antonio, TX

Dear vaccine...

Gracias a Dios / la vacuna del Covid / un mondo libre / del Covid

Cesar Lopez
San Antonio, TX

Dear vaccine...

Querida Vacuna espero que seas muy efectiva para la raza humana en este planeta para tener paz y tranquilidad en esta sociedad.

Mario Rios
San Antonio, TX

Dear vaccine...

To Breathe / is breathless

G. Gallegos
San Antonio, TX

Dear vaccine...

dear vaccine the confluence joining the river in me depositing hope in every turn of my blood vessels eroding anxiety in every fractal of my veins flooding away fear and restoring calmness of my riparian mind carrying the ebbs and the flows of lives forward calling the salmon to return home for the time being

Bryan He
Vancouver BC

Dear vaccine...

Shot in arm for life Done with all this covid strife Done with it for life

evan
Tucson

It's the...

It's the simple way to mend our world./ It's the final key to fit the lock./ It's all we need to return to what we've always loved./ Dear vaccine, bring us back to each other.

Amalie R.
Marana

We liked / being able...

welcome loved ones into our homes, with open arms, and full tables...laughing a collective exultation of joy

Kathy Signorino
Columbus, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

Espero y que esta vacuna llegue a personas que esten resando por tenerla ya que es un problema mundial. Dios, cuide y proteja a las personas que estan aciendo todo lo posible. Amen.

Juan Carlos, GZZ
San Antonio, TX

Dear vaccine...

Querida Vacuna, Deseo no sentirme mal y que tu efecto sea positivo, quiero que esto termine pronto, Dios te bendiga para que nos save!

Senia Gonzalez
San Antonia, TX

Dear vaccine...

The agony of waiting / you have to make / the whole day abstract. / Enjoy life with wine / women and song ...../ and cable TV! That's it!

Leonard Gerard Sharkey
San Antonio, TX

It's the...

Gracias doctores / espero que estamos mejor / y mas seguros con vacunas / para que esto pare / ya gracias por ayudarnos con esto / que es de preocuparnos?

Jesús Jimenez
San Antonio, TX

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine--Thank you for bringing hope to my patients. Their gratitude towards what you have been able to do for them is so humbling. Keep up the Great Work!!

J. Aleman
San Antonio, TX

Dear vaccine...

Querida Vacuna: te quería dar las gracias por ser un vinculo del luz y esperanza para todos nosotros en estos tiempos de incertidumbre. Gracias por darle a mi familia la proteccion contra Covid-19 este año.

Lizette Rodriguez
San Antonio, Texas

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please restore the lights so we may see the cries / so we will hear the hugs / so we can embrace the interactions for self-healing / the laughs we all need / our resolve is unimpeded

Bo Makelim
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Raise your arms Through the clouds Up to heaven To embrace souls Lost through covid. Bare your arms Feel the stick Build immunity To embrace life VACINATE!

Constance Ayer Poxon Mitchell
Chardon, Ohio

It's the...

Calm to a storm that tested our resilience.

Marla Frase
Alliance, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

You gave me hope, you gave me strength, you gave me back my family - hugs, kisses and smiles are my most cherished gifts.

Shari
cleveland ohio

It's the...

it's the changing of the seasons/and those everyday moments of simple beauty/the gentle spring shower of serviceberry petals/the majesty of a hobblebush thicket/the promise of a kiss/In these moments, contemplating beauty/it is easy to forget that the world has moved on/One day, perhaps sometime soon/we will have the opportunity to see the world move on yet again/I will keep my heart open/and remember this season

Eleni Hines
Black River, New Brunswick

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, I have to say / it’s the two checkboxes / printed on the post-vaccine paperwork / that really get to me: / / You need 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. / Or: / You are complete. / / The first is checked for me now, / and I await my second dose – / this completion delivered / via vial, this finding / / of those parts of me / gone missing this past year: / embraces and close conversations; / doors held open by and for strangers; / hands held across tables; and the music, / released from the captivity / of my own contemplations / into the wilds of the crowd. /

Kayleigh Cline
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Dear vaccine...

I feel complete again, I can once again see the smiles I never realized I took for granted. Because of you I can hug my family & those I cherish. My heart skips a beat every time I realize I don’t have to stop, just wave , or smile under a mask . I can hug my people! I can be me ! I feel whole again! Because of you vaccine!

Deb Riley
Coventry Township Ohio

Dear vaccine...

Let me able to take off the two masks, worn faithfully/And know we will be okay

Donald
Ohio

Dear vaccine...

You showed us / the difference between us, / empathy and selfishness / at war like life and death.

Kelsey
Lakewood, OH

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, I'm well past my second dose/ the stretch of months and months/ of living cautiously, not so much afraid/ as not wanting to be part of the problem/ not wanting to add to the current in the surge/ it wasn’t so hard to remain at home, I'm a writer/ bent to the landscape of words I shift geographies inwardly/ but now with a restlessness, a tiredness/ a worn out wariness embedded/ I am getting ready to emerge/ into this new season none of us know.

Shana Ritter
Bloomington, Indiana

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, euphoria to our spirits with the birth your existence. Glazy eyes, which watched life crumple, now stare restored with blazy strenghts. A greying canvas, habitual to dull shades, now hangs stroked with rich color. 'Revival has finally arrived', my heart tells me. To which my soul finds peace, at last.

Janu Gadthula
Ohio

Dear vaccine...

So many hate you, but so many need you. End this pandemic already, please!

Rene M Holz
Andover ohio

Dear vaccine...

You should never be mandatory nor used for discriminatory purposes. Your virtue should be choice.


Ohio

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine thank you for freeing me from my fear and allowing me to exhale for the first time in a year!

Nancy Orr
Harpersfield Ohio

It's the...

It's the ones that didn't make it Wouldn't make it- Take it.

Nick
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Vaccine, please...

Disregard those doubtful few and/ Spread your awaited armour/ Deliver us into our new normal/ Lives forever altered but/ Determined to persist, endure, prevail/ Vaccine please impose yourself/ Dictate our destiny


Victoria, B.C.

Dear vaccine...

Picture a lifeboat, pulled up alongside an unseaworthy ship. The captain hands a chit to my husband and me—“because you’re more likely to drown,” he tells us. We’re older than a lot of the others onboard. “More lifeboats are coming,” the captain says, urging us to climb down and take our places in the small but sturdy vessel that will carry us to shore.

Barbara Quick
Cotati, CA

It's the...

It’s the key to a door locked too long… A way towards remembering who we were before fear took hold..the remover of fear…restorer of relaxing encounters

Patti Ruane
Berkeley, CA

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine When will I get my second dose I heard the second hurts the most Will it be in late May or will it be June All your web site says is, more details soon Not that I’m really the kind to worry I’m not actually even in a hurry But just in case I thought I’d ask Because I’m sick of wearing this bloody mask I can’t wait until they sound the all clear When I can enter a pub and drink a beer By how long it will take I’m still not clear But I just hope it happens before next year Because my oldest sister who I hold so dear Has an 80 birthday coming up this year And by September I hope I get the all clear To fly home and taste again a pint of good old English beer To celebrate a birthday there with all my family What a celebration of a life well lived that might be It’s planned to be at a resort in Norfolk on the coast I am looking forward to going on that trip the most But if I can’t see them and they can’t see me I guess I’ll have to wait 10 more years Until sister Sue becomes 90 So come on vaccine protect us all Before any more of us have to fall Let’s reach that herd immunity before I get too old Or become a flightless bird to be left out in the cold I want to be on that flight to England without another cancellation Or by then I will be 80 and have joined the Oxygen-aeration

Ok
Courtenay BC Canada

Dear vaccine...

The pharmacist said "think happy thoughts" as the needle went in/Dear vaccine, my happiness will be the deep breaths I haven't been able to take since December/and the energy to be myself again/You are the literal shot in the arm I need to get my life back

Stephanie V
New Castle, PA

Dear vaccine...

We went many months feeling unseen, lost, confused, and frozen. Because of you hope, clarity, growth, and fearlessness have been restored. The future is bright, its united, its ours, its here, its now, it flows, its perfect, its miraculous......ahhh, I can breathe. Vaccine, thank you for allowing me to be one of the chosen.

hgrayluring2021
Ohio

Dear vaccine...

You are the world to us Thank you for the hugs

Susan Reck
Indianapolis, IN

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please expand yourself to all ages. / As the age limits went lower, my family, one by one, were eligible to have the vaccine. / One by one, they were safer. / One by one, I began to see them after more than a year./ My daughter, my brother, and soon another brother and a sister-in-law. / My granddaughter is now eligible, and soon I will see her and more of my family. / The world is my family. /Please let them all be safe.

Carol Coldwell Reck
Ohio

Dear vaccine...

Dear Covid-19 vaccine...I am glad your on the scene...I hope you gobble up that bug...and kill that nasty thug...That kept us hunkered down...With a worried look and a frown..But with two shots in the arm...Your working like a charm...And now as we move about from place to place... we now are seeing a more smiling face

Dan P
Littleton

Dear vaccine...

We used to hate going to school Now school is a privilege We miss sitting with our desks Right next to each other We miss our friends and family, Whom we cannot see Please save us from this monstrosity

Ryan Wood
Calgary, AB

It's the...

It's the answer and the question/hope and fear/fact and belief/and answer to all questions in the future tense.

LuAnn
Twin Lakes, OH

It's the...

hope of life, love and a future, a bringing of the community of mankind together with one soul purpose to care for, to eradicate this horror, this disease, this death. We look to each other for support, love and care; we thank those who saved us with their heroism in fighting Covid-19. May we all take a collective breath, and show thanks for you, vaccine and your many people who brought here.

Chris Rossi
Ashland, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

We've missed so much. Family's and communities have suffered. With you we have hope of a brighter future.

Mary Bess
Tiffin, OH

It's the...

hugs from a dear friend, my grandbabies, and my mother that make the vaccine worth everything to me! It's the knowledge that I will not spread the virus to the sweet old neighbor man or the elderly lady at the grocery. It's being able to spread the love to one another!

Tambra Kimmel
Celina, Ohio

Vaccine, please...

allow yourself to work for those with certain cancers, so they too can enjoy the freedom you are giving to us.

Lynn M.
Montpelier, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

thank you for helping my family to all gather safely and hug and share meals and laughter and joy

Jen
Columbus, OH

It's the...

mortar for humanity - it's the distinction between ignorance and compassion

Jordan Lucas
Ohio

Vaccine, please...

continue to grow, to flow, to show what you know, that you are awesome in every way and we hope you make covid go away.

Tori
CA

Dear vaccine...

Good work my friend/I really hope this is the end/from sea to sea may you travel all over/ In hopes you find many hosts, we thank you and hope you'll do the most

Laura
VA

We liked / being able...

to roam around, to meet stranger, to eat together, to laugh together, to love together, to learn together, to gather together, to be together.


Vaccine, please...

bring us normalcy, please lessen the burdens we've known for so long. Give us hope and give us reason.


It's the...

time to sing, its the time to cry tears of Joy, its the time to mourne, its the time for hugs, its the time to gather again.

CC

Dear vaccine...

We needed you, and you arrived! The heavens sang and anxiety eased. We welcome your presence.

Karla
CT

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine* You are like brilliant sunshine*chocolate*satin sheets*the musical Hamilton* popcorn at the movies**I dreamed of my turn*registered for it*finally got my first shot*now*I imagine the antibodies gathering*growing*gravely ready to do battle if a COVID bug*gets near me**I am ready for the next step*freedom to begin life again*fewer restrictions*maybe no masks*no distancing*gathering with friends and family*and fewer Zoom calls but*maintaining the connections*Yeh*

Patricia McLaughlin
Ottawa, Ontario

Vaccine, please...

bring us together / as one whole / heal the hole in our hearts / and help us remember / those who were gone / before this scientific stepping stone / came.

Emily
Vermont

Dear vaccine...

you're my life raft in this monsoon. You give me hope even when the rain continues to pore. Vaccine, you're more than just a vaccine, you're a remedy for hope. You remind me of that feeling of coming home after a long exhausting trip. I lean into you like I lean into my pillow after an endless day.

Aysha Clark
Saint Albans, VT

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please last, please let / me count on you the way / I used to count on faces / smiling, proximities, hugs... / Let me know you'll work / until the essentials in hazmat / gear bury it in mass graves / some wouldn't believe / but this happened here / in spite of all we've done / maybe because of / all the tech and pipelines / raping the planet-- / part of me wants it / to win, take us down / let the elephants live. / What I miss is so much / smaller than a chance / to save glaciers-- / I hope you fail, I hope / what we need will prevail.

Emma Goldman-Sherman
New York, NY

It's the...

It's the trick to slipping away / from the inertia of time / standing still, boats on glass / without waves, seasons ignored / indoors, random routines that / cave. It's the way to say / not now, please let me finish / whatever, meditation, I'm made / to be available all these days. / It's the freedom and the power / to run: I've been vaccinated / dare take my chances

Emma Goldman-Sherman
New York, NY

We liked / being able...

I liked to pretend I was alone / a lesbian again, without this / family, forced to quarantine / bake casseroles twice a week / layers cake their unending hunger / with carbs I cannot touch / I want to empty this home / trade places with the lonely / pray for safety, exhale / on my own, devour what / I choose with bare hands

Emma Goldman-Sherman
New York, NY

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, I'm sorry / I don't believe you're enough / or have the strength they say / for variants, for me to stay / alive, I have a child and love / my life, I'll wear my mask.

Emma Goldman-Sherman
NY, NY

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine Hesitant: It’s time to be wise again. / You had a time to be bruised. A betrayal. A revelation that humans will always be fallible. / You had a time to sharpened. To grow stronger. Harder. More watchful. More cautious. / You had a time to be wise. To learn. To research. To know the risks. To take command of your own body and your own destiny. / You had a time to be bold. To have your voice heard when it was unpopular. To break from conformity. / You had a time to be scorned. To be called deluded. Dangerous. To be ignored. To be called uneducated, though you sought answers with more earnestness than most of your accusers. / You had a time to be wrong. And when the ire it provoked felt like a betrayal, you were back where you started. / Bruised. But not broken. / Because you had a time to be right. You knew all along that nothing we could do would be perfect. That what’s good for the many might be wrong for the few. That risks should not be hidden. That error should not be downplayed. That ulterior motives should not be overlooked. You were right about that. / But now, it’s time to be wise again. / When you see the numbers rising high then falling fast. When someone close to you has died alone and didn’t need to. When enough time has passed you can re-evaluate. When you have grown tired of being captive. It’s time to be wise and understand that while it’s not perfect, it’s the best we have to win back freedom. / Now it’s time to be brave. It’s time to make a choice and it might not be what you wanted all along. It’s time to do what’s needed even after learning the risks. Facing those risks with courage and not cowardice. Not like a fool, reckless and naïve. But brave like a once-wounded soldier returning to battle. Being called to self-sacrifice to win the freedom of others. / Not in defeat. Not because you were wrong. Because you are right, but more than that, you are courageous. / Because you can be right, and do right, too. / It’s time.

Michelle Thornhill
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, Are you friendly or a foe? Will you show us where to go, Keep us from this awful plague, And let us live a life less vague? Loneliness and fear all round Need to disappear right now. Hope and joy are what’s required. Vaccine help us be inspired! Give us leave to meet with friends, Travel where the spirit sends. Let us sing and dance and play With your two jabs along the way. Thank you to the scientists Who figured out the turns and twists, The folks who took part in the trials So we could have essential vials. Thank you dear vaccine. Carol Fahie May 2021

Carol Fahie
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

It's the...

There once was a man named Rick ... He was on the waiting list for a shot - just a quick prick ... He went in for his vaccination ... a day of great elation ... Being socially isolated is turning him into a lunatic!

Rick Lauber
Edmonton, Alberta

Dear vaccine...

Welcome! Restore the lives we want back, Together again.

Janet N Craig
Boerne, Texas

Dear vaccine...

If I see one more / face mask jellyfish wash up / curbside, I will scream.

Patrick Ryan
Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, I missed you for so long finally you came. Oh vaccine, my smile.

Carla Schwartz
Meredith New Hampshire

Dear vaccine...

Express yourself Inject your magical possibilities of life as it has been and can be again

WendyGwen
Calgary; Alberta

It's the...

It's the first step / to bridge the distance / the first coin / toward a ticket / home, where birthdays and / anniversaries wait / on shelves, collecting dust / until we can lift them up / together / join our breath / into candles and kisses / without fear

Trudy Grienauer
Edmonton, AB

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, you promise to end/ mother earth’s longest gestation/ of hope, comfort and hugs./ Yes! a jab in the arm brings relief;/ anticipation floods my soul./ Jubilance erupts and breaks free/ as children burst forth with laughter;/ running circles just for fun./ They chase, twirl, shriek with joy;/ dancing in the playground./ Then stop, having spotted me,/ my arms open, tears streaming;/ I wave and gesture them over./ Yes! This will be the day,/ I hug my grandchildren again!

Jan Stretch
Victoria BC Canada

We liked / being able...

Sitting together, shoulder to shoulder, in the dark (sometimes with someone we don't even know!), our hands grazing as we reach into an enormous bucket of buttery popcorn, voices joining in a collective sigh of relief when, at last, the villain has gone.

Jess Skyleson

It's the...

it's the 'P' word That is Pervasive and Permeates every Pore of my Person Penetrating every Particle of my Presence to Ponder upon that which is not Pondered or even Ponderable Please Ply me with that Peaceful, unPerturbed, Pre-Pandemic Place! Maybe by poking at these "P"s is my way of coPing is my of hoPing is my way of being ME, in the midst of all these "P"s

Dr. T.G. Lewis
Toronto, ON

We liked / being able...

We liked our selective ignorance/ Being able to ignore the science/ Until we needed it to save us/ We liked looking down on workers/ Being able to feel superior/ Until they became the frontline of our needs/ We liked sending our kids to school/ Being able to criticize the teachers/ Until we had to remember how to do the math/ We liked hopping in our cars/ Being able to move where we liked/ Until we saw how clear the air could be/ We liked staying inside/ Being able to stream all day long/ Until they closed the parks/ We liked being parents/ Being able to send our kids off/ Until our supports were gone/ We liked to going out/ Being surrounded by our friends/ Until the messages and video chats fell off/ We liked our spouses and partners/ Being able to say we were coupled/ Until we had to see each other all day long/ We liked our grandparents/ Being respectful of their years/ Until their safety confined our actions/ We liked staying at home/ Being given some time to rest/ Until days stretched to weeks, months, a year/ We liked keeping to ourselves/ Being able to just nod and wave/ Until we needed our neighbours/ We liked taking things for granted/ Being able to want more and more/ Until the little things became dear/ We liked travelling near and far/ Being anywhere but home/ Until we found the wonder in our backyards/ We liked the way we worked/ Being able to earn a living/ Until we were sent home, laid off, dismissed/ We liked to think that things were okay/ Being able to get by and survive/ Until we saw and felt the inequality/ We liked to think we couldn’t change/ Being settled in our ways/ Until we had to pivot, adapt and adjust/ We liked to think we knew the future/ Being able to plot out a path/ Until we saw it turned uncertain and unclear/ We liked to think we were safe/ Being able to shelter from life/ Until it reminded us how fragile we are/ We liked to think of nature/ Being something contained and controlled/ Until it showed how fierce and brutal it can be/ We liked to think we were individuals/ Being separate from who we chose/ Until we realised the world is a web/ We liked to think we had it made/ Being better than those who did not/ Until we realised the struggle is real/ We liked the world we had/ Being able to pretend it was okay/ Until we realised it should change/

T. Kauppila
Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, / … it’s complicated. / Yes, I got the jab. / But your ego is inflated. /—/ Your science is sexy, / Your needle is slick / But underneath I wonder / What’s made us all sick? /—/ In know you’re doing your best / With a human-made error / A slip of a protein / From a lab to global terror. /—/ We like to think we’re omnipotent / That’s what scares me most / It’s the saviour complex / That hubris likes to boast. /—/ So Vaccine, please / Give us more than a return to ‘normal’ / Share the wealth beyond health / To the havenots of us mortals. /—/ It’s a medical mystery tour / And I’m on board in hopes that you deliver / A reunion with my family. / (And 2020? May we never relive her!) /—/ The world’s had enough suffering / And you vow you’ll stop the death / But that you’ll stay committed, well, / I won’t hold my breath.

Laura B.
Toronto, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine/ We are almost through/ all we can say is thank you/ a sense of relief is being felt by many/ as the constant worry melts away/ you bring security and peace of mind/ as the hospital beds once overflowed with loved ones, begin to decline/ what a year this has been/ hoping we soon approach the end/ two hundred million people and counting, now vaccinated/ giving thanks to all who made it possible to get through/ from doctors to scientist to essential workers/ all of this is thanks to you!

MichelleA
marana

Dear vaccine...

Praised be your makers and the healthcare / workers from all over the world, / may your post-pandemic world come, / your rescue mission done. // Help us hug again our parents without worrying / we might kill them! Let us walk on the street / seeing fellow humans, not virus carriers, smile / to strangers without masks, and rejoice when / toddlers run to each other without fear of contagion. // Forgive us our doubts and hesitancy – / we’re just scared and confused like pet birds / when you open the cage, and they struggle / to remember the meaning and purpose of freedom. // Teach us to better love each other – / covid-19 didn’t distinguish among / borders or skin colours or social classes, / trust us we can redeem ourselves / learning from it. //

Diana Manole
Toronto, Canada

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please / return our sense of peace, / give us some semblance / of the normalcy / we once possessed, / that which the virus / forever from us, / that which brought us / a piece of harmony.

Tyler DeWacht
Edmonton, Alberta

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, the world seemed so bright before you Dear Vaccine, the world has been locked away without you Dear Vaccine, please open up the cage, so the bright light can shine inside; and out, once again


California, Bay Area

It's the...

It’s the biggest small thing, Saying yes to the vaccine, Finding a way to make it happen. It’s the smallest big way we say I care if you live or die —family, neighbors, friends, strangers— How long and dark the road to realization, we really are all in this together. It’s not a cliché, nor hardship or sacrifice. It’s the biggest small thing— not too much to ask. The vaccine twice blesses us, first with life then with the chance to care for one another.

Ivy S.
Berkeley, CA

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine,/ Thank you for coming so quickly,/ For allowing millions of people to touch/ their loved ones once more./ Thank you for being on the front lines of/ this deadly disease/ For pushing back with everything you have./ Thank you for the assurance/ that we will be safe again,/ That I can surround myself with,/ friends and family once more./ Dear Vaccine,/ I thank you for making sure the death/ count doesn’t continue to rise,/ and for promising us that COVID-19,/ will be nothing more than a distant/ memory.

Diya Patel

Dear vaccine...

Got my shot just yesterday, With tremendous satisfaction! Though my whole left arm is metal now, A very cool reaction. This Pfizer shot has made me strong, I can lift 2 mid sized cars, Protects me from this Covid thing, And helps with pickle jars! By: Michael Bilyk

Michael Bilyk
Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, / How has life been? The fame, recognition and heroism you have, spreading hope to all. Others don't believe your're as good as you seem. Saying things about microchips and autism, scaring us and making us believe such lies. We all know that they're wrong, but others don't agree with that statement. The lies that we feed each other, only end up hurting. I, personally am a little hesitant on meeting you, but for a reason I probably shouldn't have reasoning for. All those needles and fangs that sting and hurt, not so much my thing. But I think we'll get along fine. Some may say you are more than just a government tactic to control us, but you're nothing more than a solution. A solution to a 1 year problem, something that will save us from the spot we are in and bring back the old "normal." The normal that was once regular, something we didn't pay attention to. So, go do your job, what are you waiting for? Everyone needs you, wants you to help. Sure, the start is unpleasant, But the end is always worthwhile.

Steven Peres
Ontario, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, You stand in a long line of heroes.... Most of us have only dim recollections of polio, smallpox, tetanus... For most of us these are ravages of old..mostly put to rest by your predecessor vaccines.... We need to remember the relief you bring... The hours of work to bring you into being... We need to remember the realizations you brought ... The revaluing of family, of friends and mostly of a global responsibility.... We are indeed the keepers of others...... A lesson too valuable to be lost so ..... That you Dear vaccine....

Pat Macdonald
British Columbia

It's the...

It's the clinic waiting room, quiet and empty. Only the medical form attached to the clipboard, attached to me. The appointment made weeks ago, arrives with the same anticipation as winning the lottery. Both can change lives. Later, I barely notice the kiss of the needle and instead imagine virus antibodies fearless and surging through my body in neon blues and greens in pursuit of the deadly Coronavirus. Thank you, I say but imply much more. It's taking ownership of my small part in this bigger picture of saving lives. It's not simply 'outside the box' for which we strive but "outside the mask".

Dayle Valentina E McBride
Amherstview Ontario

It's the...

year of the big C's....Covid...Caring...Cakes...You will not make us Cave ...Covid...You made us Care in a Compassionate, Considerate way.....You Caused me pain,swelling,itchiness.... You Caused us to turn to Cake for Comfort....Covid you caused a World-Wide Catastrophy ....Everything has it's time yours is has Come and gone...Cease now

Jacqueline Bouchard
Ontario, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, I'm glad you're letting us 16 year old's get vaccinated, but we need a change for Canada's vaccination rates so restrictions are lifted. /We liked being able to go into tim hortons and have our morning coffee inside the place. /It's the government that needs to act more intelligent on restrictions. /Vaccine please help our government do better on improvements for what happens next.


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear COVID-19 Vaccine, our Genie in a bottle born of Science and research new/Unlike the Genie of Fairy Tales, you are tried, tested, efficacious and true./With fear in our minds, hope in our hearts we awaited your arrival/ Firmly believing you will vanquish the Virous and ensure our safety and survival./Now that you are here and we have the all clear; off we will go to injection sites far and near/ Into millions of arms you will go -not once but twice; allying all our fears./ Our Knight in shining Armour save us from hospitals, ventilators, lockdowns, masks and socially distanced ways/ Bring us back to our normal lives - the lives we lived and enjoyed; before the Pandemic Days.

Sujata Venugopal
Halifax, N.S

Dear vaccine...

Thank you for allowing me to shake the hand of my fellow man. They told me it was gone And you brought it back to life. It’s what my word stands on It’s doing what is right. You managed to revive the true test of a man. More than any badge Honor rest, in his hand. It carries weight in victory but even more in losing. One’s character, we can see by the handshake of their choosing. It’s stronger than oak It holds and it binds Lives in a man’s soul And it’s tested with time Many prefer their paper and pen But this ole soul, is a believer in men. So toss me your hand and look me in the eye I’ll give you my word and it’s good til I die. Thank you vaccine for a job well done I’d shake your hand if I could Because in this game, you won.

Scott Spinner
Smithton, IL

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, I have been waiting for you so long. How frustrating it’s been to be on the ineligible list at the Vaccine Club, waiting in line at the door, see you come out into the sun from this one endless shady day while my employers (who from their safe home offices send me into the classroom) chirp, “Go get the shot!” as if our governor didn’t keep ushering others into line ahead of me, as if for so long your appearances weren’t doled out slowly slowly slowly until suddenly I’m in. Oh, Vaccine, I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Janet Bowdan
Northampton Massachusetts

It's the...

It’s the dent in between/the pause/the balm/The breaking of your skin/and mine/Must you let it all go?

Luciana
Canada

Dear vaccine...

Thanks to your makers/ Who worked long and hard/ For what are you?/ But a vector of our intent/ To make the world a better place/ Dear Vaccine/ Thanks to you/ We can start to return/ To our so-called "normal"/ But what if we don't want/ To return to "normal"?/ That is not your problem/ Dear Vaccine/ That is ours

Duncan Noble
Killaloe, Ontario

It's the...

Its time to uncover our faces To become a part of the world again Its the time to feel that little stick in the arm, the sore muscle for a day And then one more time After the long wait. Its the time for lunches with friends now And going to the concert we missed last year. Its time to start over, better, stronger, and grateful that we survived to get the shots that saved our lives.

Mary Donnelly
Rogue River , Oregon

We liked / being able...

We liked seeing the lips and mouths forming words that made us smile and laugh and even cry

SgC
Ontario

It's the...

old question"will you or won't you?" I got the vaccine and I am glad

Denise Hall
Vancouver, BC Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, /You have given me hope/I am less scared/though I am sore/I dream of concerts and frisbee and coaching/Hugging my mom and cafes and travel/Dear vaccine, /You have given me freedom/Thank you and science/though recovery may be slow/I dream of birthday parties and bbqs and cottaging/The gym with friends, competing and cheering/Dear vaccine,/You’re bringing it and I couldn’t be happier.

Cheryl W
Ottawa, ON

We liked / being able...

Each of us is so much more than half/a face, a complicated heart./We left our doors open/before walls tore us apart.

Beth Oast Williams
Norfolk, VA

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please stop being so proper! Your strength is science backed by HIV research among others. Make haste, you got this, for it's now or never cause what you are up against is one motha of a whopper! I wonder as I wander these empty streets of whatever once were, every honest what was packed with life and energy is gone asunder. Are we not loveable, huggable? humble? Ask covid19, who thinks it is mighty and cunning..but with you we will ll write a new glorious and mighty story, where balance is restored. No more covid19 to put us under. This cannot be who we will be. A world deprived of hope and glory, unless you dear vaccine come in and change the story. Vaccine please!! It's your time to shine, so we can leave all the fears of covid19 behind.

REBELbyjoyce
Hamilton ON Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine/our newest injection/Please enter our bodies and bring us perfection/The health to become a brotherhood nation /We need you to save us, oh great vaccination/Your content a mystery, unknown is your power/In ignorant bliss we shall bathe in your shower/The doctors paid off, pushed to sell or dismissed/Are holy hands filling our veins with your mist/Oh save us from death, and lead us from peril/For some to survive, we’ll trade for some sterile/We’ll trade for the blood clots and pains and headaches and sicknesses and experimental drugs and deaths /In exchange for COVID deaths to be less

Elijah Marth
Bellingham WA

It's the...

It's the best thing that has happened in one whole year It's the possibilities, dear vaccine, that you bring The possibility to see face-to-face that very special daughter who lives thousands of miles away The possibility to spend time in the magnificent mountains, climbing to the highest point to survey the beauty with awe and delight The possibility to be in the world without fear and trepidation; to move freely and with joy. Oh, the possibilities!

Elaine Roberts
Edmonton, Canada

Dear vaccine...

help us, we are in pain we would like you to be injected into our veins people say its fake, not to trust when in reality, its a must we would like a normal life not one filled with strife so please, come as quickly as you must or our cure would be a complete bust

Emerik
Toronto

It's the...

light in the darkness...right? Or is it a false hope for us to stay sane? We are still quarantined/ Still rotting/ Still trying to find a sliver of hope in the midnight darkness of existence/Dear Vaccine...we're not going to make it


Toronto, On

Vaccine, please...

Please let everyone see how beautiful you are/ how safe, how healing, how you provide/ all those who receive you with wings/ to fly to our families, to kiss our children once again.

Alice
Ashland

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, I sit watching the leaves unfurl (late) in the cold north I am struck You have provided us the same A slow but vibrant opening of our leaves Deep green changing to light as you allow us to open Soon to be a blanket of lime green signaling the beginning of something fine Thank you, you have made my heart lift

Jessica Roy
Fort McMurray, AB

Dear vaccine...

A haiku to my first dose Dear Covid Vaccine When will you come and jab me? I want this to end.

Emily Springgay
Toronto, Ontario

It's the...

It's the silvery, disco-ball bandaid that the young nursing student sticks to my upper arm that gives me hope./The next steps still feel shaky with fear./But this token of the vaccine (and my privilege in getting one) has echoes of dancing feet, colorful clothing, looser limbs, freer thoughts and physical proximity./ I want to celebrate. Can we celebrate yet?

Barbara Solow
Florence, MA

Dear vaccine...

thank you for giving me a chance to play sports again

Brooke Rollingson
letbridge

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please Give us back the life we deserve. Going for walks with our friends Not a worry in the world. Bring back family inviting people into our homes make that once again a gesture of kindness not a death threat. Vaccine, please Show us the exit be the exit Be the way out of it all. And make us believe that you will be. Vaccine, please Bring back carefree summers camping, swimming. Evenings spent being just me. Vaccine, please. I know it wasn't your fault. But give us the grass and the trees and a cool spring breeze save the people Let them enjoy this beautiful earth With the ones they love Not six feet apart Or six feet under it.

Amy
Lethbridge, AB

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine you beautiful window/ allow us to see what life may be like when the touch of loved ones no longer brings about fear/ allow us -if we focus hard enough- to reflect upon our actions and take a step in the right direction/ a safer direction/ a kinder direction./ Dear vaccine/ when the world appeared ready to give in/ you like David, stood ready no matter how the odds stacked against you/ and now please dear vaccine/ all I ask is you keep standing so we, in turn, may keep standing to make this elegant mottled dream a reality.

AD
Canada

Dear vaccine...

I can't wait to get back to the good o'l days where the only worry you had was how long the line at the carnival was going to be. I can't wait to get back to the good o'l days where leaving your house could be seen as a crime. I can't wait to get back to the good o'l days where social gatherings flourished and fun was plentiful and everywhere.

HOLLAND

Dear vaccine...

Morning after my inoculation & I feel the fool this ain’t no super soldier serum & my shoulder feels like I’ve been on a 1980 Cross Canada road trip my brother & I in the backseats punch buggying each other with every Volkswagen Beetle we see

Warren Dean Fulton
New Westminster, British Columbia

It's the...

It’s the beginning and the ending,/ An injection produced at/ unthinkable speed, by the best and/ brightest and most dedicated/ Targeted at incapacitating a virus that has/ Halted, stopped/ Humanity/ Still living and dying/ Not just from its thorny crown,/ But from our own failure and/ weakness - letting those most/ vulnerable and marginalized/ become a cautionary tale/ ... Individual needs to choose made/ choices for those whose losses are eternal/ Choices for all who vowed to do no harm, being harmed, being burdened with decisions made for them/ And those most essential, least valued, asked to continue their dangerous toils/ Asked to make impossible choices of staying sheltered or keeping their shelter/ When aches and pains could be anything-/ Anything and any illness/ Delaying diagnosis, delaying most crucial surgeries, triaging lives/ ... To what end?/ ... My shoulder bare and this surreal/ moment, such a tiny pinch/ (organized and administered by so/ many brave and selfless souls),/ gives me the most fleeting joy/ I may soon be able to embrace my nephews, my brother, my mother again/ I may soon explore public places, relapse into routines I so dearly miss/ ... Again, I ask to what end? / ... Antibodies cannot undo the casualties of this pandemic/ Reunions and embraces forever elusive for so many/ Creature comforts, the shadow dreams/ Of those who will not wake from this/ ... But my vaccinated arm is one of nearly eight billion arms that will need to do what they can to curtail the suffering,/ To inoculate against this/ malevolent teacher,/ Who showed us we are deeply flawed/ And vulnerable/ Suffering and loss a reminder of obligations to do better/ ... I take solace that my vaccine is a beginning, but only that/ And so this small act, insignificant on its own, will be compounded by the actions of so many others/ Collectively thwarting the catalyst of global devastation/ And as new possibilities emerge,/ I take solace in the hope,/ That we might do better this time

Jennifer Romero
North York, Ontario

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please see my fast tears when we met as my awe of you: your creation story, amazingly birthed by scientists in short time, your readiness now to heal me and everyone, I lower my eyes to God's grace.

Irene Maguire
Markham Ontario Canada

We liked / being able...

We liked / the buzz of the world / / Being able to hear the hustle and the bustle / in our veins.

Deedi Brown
Jersey City, NJ

It's the...

It’s the light in darkness, some hope in despair. It’s the way to cuddles, sleepovers, and fondue. It’s maybe a bit scary for you, me too, yet I’ll leap for love and life.

Julie
Northern Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine... / bring us a collective breath / a sigh / a reprieve / Allow me to remember that people are not always / this frustrated / this frustrating / that good is there / in hugs from my grandmother / closer than a phone call away / and in a classroom not defined by little black squares / and muted microphones / but by actual breathing and laughing and swearing and eye-rolling students / good in stamps in a passport / and packed bags / and lineups / and checking produce at a grocery store / and opening a door for a stranger / Dear Vaccine... let us remember / the things we learned too / when we sing imagine together / let us actually mean it / let us remember how we adapted / how we tried / how we missed things we didn't know we had / how we took a breath / a collective breath / a sigh / a reprieve

Krysta MacDonald
Crowsnest Pass, Alberta

Dear vaccine...

We are half way in; Moderna with a spin. In 1970 we got the early version If it was not for that one, the Measles would still be surging. Let's get a second shot I will hug you one and all. Let's get this plague to be done with and Let's bring it down by Fall.

David Schindler
Mackenzie BC Canada

It's the...

invisible cloak we can wear for protection/Its power lies in the tightness of the weave/Every stitch carries a name

Emily-Sue Sloane
Huntington Station, NY

Dear vaccine...

You hurt me / Just for a second / As you broke my skin / And now I wait / For you to do your work / In me and then in this person and then in that person until you’ve made safe / Every person / And the whole world / Can be a little closer again / Gratefully realizing that as you break our skin / And save our lives / That none of us are safe until all of us are safe / And we are all stronger together / Because we’ve all been broken in the same place / By you

Paul Graham
Vancouver B.C.

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine/My grad dress slumps off my shoulders/No need to lace it up anymore/For this virus has stolen not only my joy/But it also makes my heart sore/I dream of dancing with my friends/My dress flowing around the floor/But the only flowing my dress endures/Is when it peaks at me from behind my door/My grades plummet as do my spirits/Please vaccine that I adore/Save my grades/my grad/my joy

Jorja Mercer-Penney
Crowsnest Pass, Alberta

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, You were so long awaited...Thank you for being the sun, on our darkest days...Thank you for leading us to the light of hope... We cannot see you, but we believe in you and we are waiting for you... Let us hug our loved ones... and lead us out of this maze of uncertainites... The fear is starting to fade away and we are hoping that you guide us the right way.

Tyler
Halifax Nova Scotia

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, You were so long awaited

Tyler
Halifax

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, you come from a lab which can be scary Which might be why some people are so wary But I believe that you can turn this around And save the people that you surround You were invented for a reason To stop this virus from spreading next season So fulfill your purpose Cause I know you won’t hurt us Help our society from a huge fall And protect us all

Hailey Yoner
Crowsnest pass

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, take us back to before./Before the world fell apart, when we could smile without a mask./Back to when we could see our families without worry./Before, everything changed./Dear vaccine, take us back to normal.

Kate

We liked / being able...

Being able to blow my nose in a classroom without scrutiny

Matthew Gil
Coleman, Alberta

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine are you working? / I think you are / now teachers can get vaccinated,men and women can too / Dear vaccine I’m asking if you are working / so we go back to what it was/ where the Distancing is gone / the masks will go away/ Dear vaccine Are You Working?

Payton Grade 5
Winnipeg Manitoba

Dear vaccine...

Please cure the covid and the Caucasity

Jasmin Stoffer
Halifax

Dear vaccine...

Please be a portal to a more couragous life for all of us.

Sheila Fox
Media, Pennsylvania

Dear vaccine...

live up to your promise./Save a life that makes a convert/of an unbeliever/invites the skeptics to dip their toes/into the waters of belief/gives confidence to the citrus farmer at the market/who thinks he's scared of needles/gives trust to the families whose grandparents were subjects/of medical experiments. Remind us/of how it felt to get a hug/and give one in return.

Rebekah Wolman
San Francisco, CA

Vaccine, please...

but remind us, Vaccine, of what we learned while alone, while behind masks and glass doors, longing for all that was. Remind us of the ways we leaned toward one another, how we found ways to help, to send love across distance, welcome the newly born shout out to the lonely, heal our emptiness. Dear Vaccine, help us remember even in your new and welcome safety

Ann N Vermel

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please let me recommence my journey of life / of love / of friendship and exploration. / We all need you / to make us whole again / to give us back the laughter and our testament to life.

Keith Costelloe
White Rock, B.C.

It's the...

Dear vaccine it was a beautiful day in March, when you entered my body. Early spring in Cape Breton is the best. Eddie took me to St. Peter’s bless his heart. We drove around a green tree lined valley to cliffs, high over the water. The cliffs are so high you can see the far off mountains. I entered two wrong buildings before I found you in a tiny closet of a room my vaccine, all laid out by a thoughtful nurse. Afterwards, outside a tiny pharmacy, in a small grocery store, in a tiny village I got a warm safe feeling. So now I ask you, Dear vaccine, I implore you to find a way to go to the sadly neglected places in this world. They are less fortunate, kind people, people who are brave and wise, they have beautiful hearts just like us they deserve a chance to live just like us. I ask you this with a sense of desperation but also with faith in kindheartedness and social justice.

Moir
523 Morley Rd. Sydney Forks Cape Breton, NS

Dear vaccine...

You can be a saviour to the kids in school for freedom but when coming back to school in 2021, it feels awful to sit their on a screen for continuous hours and only seeing are friends as pictures. Face timing is the way of meeting.But now we are coming back to meet together but as small groups but it is still way better to see friends physically is making us happy.

Candice

Dear vaccine...

I remember the days when we could welcome our friends, join our families, and go out to dinner whenever we wished. Everything has changed since then. My father and brother haven't seen me in over a year because they live in another country and covid restrictions prevent me from visiting unless I quarantine for two weeks.I'm hoping that you can change that. Change this new normal and restore our previous one.

Meron
Alberta

Dear vaccine...

thank you for existing to help us out of this pandemic. And for giving us a sense of confidence and a hop in our stride. From myself and all the countless lives you help we thank you.

Ivan
Calgary, Alberta

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to see our friends, Have those late night sleepover, And talk face to face, not meter to meter. We liked being able to grow up; Without restrictions, without masks, We liked living our childhood and life. But most of all, we liked being able to interact and feel safe in groups, not in danger.

Caleb

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, This virus has been here for more than a year. Please help it go away. I want to see my friends without wearing a mask. I want to enjoy my last full year of junior high school. I want to see my relatives again in person. I want to go visit places other than my city. Please help us, you are the light at the end of this very dark tunnel.


We liked / being able...

We liked being able to stand within 6 feet, and sitting with friends at tables while we eat the cities have gone dormant, the world has shut down, and although we can't tell, most everyone is wearing a frown A single prick in the arm at morning, night or noon, a small little needle, and this could all be over soon Please save us, dear vaccine, please answer our call. What you do for one person could surely save us all

Anonymous
Calgary, Alberta

Vaccine, please...

Save us from these dark times. Vaccine please get us out of quarantine. Help us see the light at the end. Please help some people see the danger of the situation. We're so close to the end, don't give up now. So wear your masks and rejoice when we're freed.


Dear vaccine...

be the key to unlock these shackles binding us for a year.


We liked / being able...

Being able to see our moms and dads again/and letting our kids see there grandparents

Jayden

Dear vaccine...

We feel the needle prick our arms/we dream a more beautiful world

Nancy Shiffrin
Santa Monica, CA

It's the...

It's the way curfew pressed the oxygen out of me. I only realized when it stopped. And then I realized we were all scared to breathe All that dirtied air, we held tight our ribs Holding time while longing For touch and coffeeshops For airport boredom For Iceland 40 fresh needled strangers looking rumpled and vaguely giggly and Nervous. Waiting 15 minutes to see if we become the Hulk. We all breathed the same air, 3 holding areas deep, as masses flowed through on 5 minute cherished bookings. Now I breathe deep and feed my fledgling antibodies oxygen and sunshine and blooms. And soon coffeshops. Gratitude for such rich resources, for laboratory technicians and DNA sequencing and clicsanté. And for luck of my birth geography.

TJoyceC
YQQ

Dear vaccine...

dear vaccine: we used to live Kronos, now it is Kairos it is time to find who we are meant to be

gp
Ontario Canada

Vaccine, please...

I need a prick / and I need it quick / for a rich life awaits / on planes and a patio's / in concert halls and sports fields / connection is what I crave / to hug a grandchild tight / to kiss a granny / to live unmasked / to show my smile / to know this unseen pathogen can do no more harm!

Anthea Pretorius
Pretoria. South Africa

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, you're the only difference / 'Twixt now and fourteenth century / Plague came west then with Golden Hoarde / 'Course it was rats then, this time bats / Only hope then was "quarantina" / Else death was the only end // We have waited oh so long to see the end / Come to me and make your difference! / End this lengthy quarantina / Lockdown seems it's been a century / It's begun to drive me bats / Many a toilet paper hoard! // Let there be no vaccine hoard! / Bring this pain to a swift end / Let me play with baseball bats / Vive la pretty difference! / Let's get on with this strange century / Speak no more of quarantina / I can't finish this sestina / I just want to see my friends / Drink some coffee / Pull some toffee / Gather where a river bends // Hug and twirl a whirling girl / Watch a movie / Hear some music / Not on Zoom not in my room / Not in a stream / Not on a screen / So please give me my vaccine!

Paul A. Merkley
Burlington, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

dear Covid roving chariot of despair, master of the air fearful nightmare, repairing and preparing the marriage of man and earth soul and dirt, dearth inert that threatens to smother truth as we lurch into the future, shot in arm vampiric virus that loves the old blood best, and then consumes the children in the nest, and then like death multiplies (normalcy recedes, fantasy bleeds seeds of self-destruction) what is next?

Alexander Duncan
Toronto

Dear vaccine...

A short sharp jab - unfeeling and unfelt. The fast-found formula slowly - too slowly - blankets our world, uniting its survivors in a new normal. Welcome new ‘giver of freedom’ for possibilities of multi-generational hugs and kisses and tears of joy.

Marlee Robinson
Morpeth, Ontario, Canada

Dear vaccine...

So here I am and after a year turned forty. Somehow, we adopted an orange cat named Rory. Lots of hobbies have graciously filled up the year. A piano, a guitar, and a garden eased fear. We liked play time and hugs and travel to boot. But got stuck with each other and that was the loot. The dark thoughts have challenged the entire posse. Kept dreaming of sunshine back down in the Aussie. Vaccine, please let all the humans get poked. For protection of all immunocompromised folk.

Martha Ross
Saint John, NB

We liked / being able...

We liked being together unscripted/off screen and spontaneous. We liked not knowing who we'd bump in to/and the hug of surprise.

Marjorie M.
NH/VT border

Dear vaccine...

Thank you, dear vaccine for deliverance from fear/for releasing me from a ‘groundhog day’ funk/I long for the end of lockdown/to hold my new grandchild/remove my mask so she can see my wide smile

Andrea Pottyondy Stoffer
Halifax, Nova Scotia

We liked / being able...

"We liked/being able ..." to/shop, consume as much as we wanted/ignore the oceans filling with/garbage, align our future/with the values of corporate giants/ignore the conditions in old/age homes, homes/for the disabled/homelessness/the destruction fed by greed./ Vaccine, can you also inoculate us against /wanting to go back to that?

GL
Halifax, NS

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine/ we have experienced a life over the past 15 months of lockdowns. My grandchildren are home schooled and my daughter denied an exchange program she had dreamed of for years. Children missing out on their experiences have parents and grandparents stressed to try and find a way to make their child's life the best it can be. Please vaccine allow our children and grandchildren to live their lives

Terri
SK

It's the...

Season Opener March 2020 johngivins@telus.net Before this Season’s Opener Covid 19 showed up. Everything was cancelled soccer, baseball, basketball, cricket, FIFA, Wimbledon, the Olympics, around the world east, west, north, south, no fun and no one won work, movies, concerts, exhibitions, my favourite social dancing, leaving a feeling of demotion, with angst in the air even amongst the fortunate people of the world. Churches, mosques and temples, all closed, the Gods seem to be on a hiatus or else sending us a message. An exponential globalization of sickness, tragedy and death half a million and counting. Medical teams, first responders and grocery clerks became our heroes and heroines. The life style we knew vanished replaced by a new age of dissonance, a challenging adjustment to a hugless two meter separation yet acts of kindness entered the play and Mother Earth got to take a big breaths of fresh air again.

John Givins
Vancouver BC

Dear vaccine...

You came too late for my grandmother/ but just in time for my nephew/ thank you for letting me finally hold him/ and I can feel her life anew

Erin Kearney
Kitchener, Ontario

It's the...

It's the promise the sun will arise. / It's the hope that decisions unwise / will have less effect / on the ones we elect / It's the end of the idle surmise.

Ron Conway
Bridge Lake, BC

It's the...

separation of humanity in the confines of home; this monotonous groundhog day... begging for a reprieve from solitary existence. Vaccine, swing open the doors for authentic contact PLEASE!

Moochie-La-La
YYC

We liked / being able...

flying to warm beaches and exotic scapes

M.B.
Calgary

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, I Lost touch. Sorry about that. My sanity is all intact. It was lost, I will admit. But now it’s back, The puzzle fits. Accept the piece that you complete. I cannot sleep, I cannot eat. Until I take the chance to say, “I’m getting my vaccine today!!”

Carmen
Ontario Canada

Dear vaccine...

Welcome, tiny miracle. Make yourself at home. Use what you need. Build. Replicate. Repeat. For your gift is more precious than the shiniest diamond.

Michele
Hamilton

Vaccine, please...

her feet and ankles are swollen 16 hour shifts, that's my neighbour's girl i used to watch jumping on the backyard trampoline now she is a doctor. first year and a pandemic crashes in my vaccine appointment is on Friday night. so many young people on patios, chicken wings and beer and laughing but here behind the masks and shields they work, and they are young too, crouched into a Friday night assembly line of arms, my arm. the woman slides up to me in her rolling chair, with the needle. i hold up an envelope, card inside. i only see her eyes, they crinkle, confused. it is a thank you card, burst of sunflowers, my note says thank you for your dedicated service, we appreciate you. the jab is quick and she is rolling on, thank you neighbour's girl who is on duty somewhere tonight, on her feet my jabber rolls back. we make eye contact. she has opened the card. we both blink hard, because of the tears.

Diane Poulin
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Vaccine, please...

imagine a tiny jesus arms outstretched on the syringe's barrel frange, imagine the syringe a rocket ship too, set to confront new terrain

K Trigger Kelly
Oakland, CA

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please inject in each of us a deeper appreciation for our everyday freedoms and connections to one another.

Amy Hwang
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Vaccine, please...

mix and mingle in our bodies/ make us strong and open /to inhale and exhale/ to breathe in the world/ to be breathed by the world

Stephanie
Calgary, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Ode to Summer Camp I want to write about summer camp,/ my home for eight glorious summers/ while growing up./ Where I learned/ to swim a proper front crawl,/ paddle a J stroke,/ sail a Laser/ and shoot an arrow./ Where I learned / to sing my heart out,/ to perform on stage,/ pray out of doors/ and build a campfire./ Camp took me to places/ I dreamed of going to./ At camp I met/ my closest friends,/ life-long friends/ to this day./ 50 years later./ We lived together,/ ate together, / played together during/ those beautiful summer days./ In July/ The sun shone bright/ and mosquitoes/ tormented at night./ Rainy days allowed for/ pottery and crafts/ and games with friends./ In August/ the days were hot,/ but by the end/ we bundled up/ and shivered/ during swim tests./ Camp was, for me,/ a refuge./ I was safe/ and sound / at camp./ This summer/ camp may sleep again./ But when camp/ wakes up,/ happy memories/ will return,/ and we will sing./ I hate to part/ but in my heart/ Ill return there/ once again./

Mary Spring
Huntsville, Ontario Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine Doubt: Tell those who are afraid That many have walked with you and now are free If they doubt in science Restore their faith Encourage those who hesitate A simple prick shall set us free Please give them hope Hope this fluted fluttering in my chest The red wings blackbirds glinting breast As it arcs toward the fiery sun Invicible and free What can I know of blackbirds tireless quest All I know is my heart That longs for communion With all humanity The deep abiding need to love be loved and thus be free Tentative, forlorn I step into the street Rejoice, repent and grieve The holy trinity Dare I partake This raucous dance Or shall I shelter still in place A nameless ache without a face Too long we’ve huddled in the dark And longed and longed to feel our loves ones near To see their faces free from fear And feel their sweet embrace The human race it shall endure Of that alone I can be ensure vaccine please just do your part So we no longer live apart

Pauline Bouvier-Davis
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

We liked / being able...

We liked sitting in dark rooms,/ watching fantasies unfold/ being able to share an experience on a stage;/ a moment between fiction and reality/ that would only happen once just like this,/ only to us.

Julia Lederer
Toronto, Canada

Dear vaccine...

We are equal in need So with diligence we''ll succeed. The world then a place we will show off our face and then live with more grace

Jen
Comox, BC

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine/Your appointment came while I hiked in the Forest./On top of the Moraine in sunshine./Relief washed me down the hill./Your prick pointed out my privilege./How white and rich I am./The band aid covered the blood./ Your medicine in my veins./ You do bring hope though./ Future laughter, stories and community./Clinking glasses in the afternoon sunshine.

Barb Wride
Uxbridge Ontario

Vaccine, please...

Let us hold within us/ Some immunity./ Let us hold in our arms/ The babies born that we have not yet:/ One, C---, my niece, known only to me in photographs,/ And she knowing only the miniature world/ Of home, of being held/ By the few within her guarded house./ Let her be held within a more forgiving world,/ Eventually.

Emily
Canada

Dear vaccine...

You can be my savior. I have not been happy in many moons. My toes, my toes are crying. "Peekaboo!" they say. When can my esports team be reunited again? It isn't a sport, they say. IT IS A SPORT, I say. COVID has helped me realize the most important things in life: toe socks, stories, and cookies. Dear Vaccine, please SOS. Save our souls. SOT. Save our toes. <3

Wesley

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine...my apologies / For some have lost their faith in science. / Instead of rolling up their sleeves / They flaunt the rules in blind defiance. / In our times, Sir Frederick Banting / Who co-discovered penicillin / Would be the brunt of online ranting / And trolled on Twitter like a villain.

Jim Hutcheson
Wakefield, Quebec

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please do your job/ Heal the world and the mob/ Bring us back to before/ Were distancing is no more/ We can live in fear or get vaccines every year/ Vaccine please do your job

Grace H.
Tucson, Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, now i am fully half vaccinated! It's more than three weeks since that mass of volunteers and staff shepherded me and other masked seekers through the stations of the shot.

Hannah
Stittsville, Ontario

We liked / being able...

Hug our families spend holidays together visit with family and friends the simple things thank you vaccine because of you we will soon be able!

Marjie
Montreal

It's the...

it’s a dose of good omen syringe of fresh hope as my wings are unfolding horizon draws near the imminent freedom beyond

Mariola
Canada

It's the...

Light-Headed/sweating side-effects/ sensationless injection/ swooning over next

LA Felleman
Iowa City, Iowa

It's the...

It's the first hug in a year Grinning ear to ear Less the burden of fear I remind myself, not a cure It is, at least, a breath of fresh air.

Sienna
Canada

We liked / being able...

I'd like to breath air with out a filter, see our family and friends without barriers, and live life together like we once did. I'd like to see the sun, the moon, and the stars from somewhere other than our back yards. I'd like to see the ocean change colour, and absorb rich cultures from other places on this earth.

Ashley T.
Vancouver, BC

Vaccine, please...

don't leave us in despair / we seem to be beyond repair / Our loved divided by a screen / or ailing, dependant on a machine / Let us reunite in normality

Hugh Hartloper
Canada

Dear vaccine...

we miss having friends and family over for a nice weekend gathering... I miss being able to skim board with all my friends together but instead we stay far away from each other so far that we can't connect and shake hands and mess with each other... worst of all it make taking photos with friend basically impossible to save those memories instead we just stand there like strangers... with this pandemic we just sit around waiting for some type of good news... As a canadian and seeing the pandemic we need to change for the best of us some of us won't change so it's up to us to take their place and make those changes so that we can go back to having backyard parties.

Jeff Atkins-McBain
Tsawwassen

Dear vaccine...

please, please// let me chatter with friendly friends// stagnant strangers// welcoming wokers.// I wish for concerts that I will never have a chance to.// Jokes at dark and dusky stand ups that I will never hear.// The cold nights with someone just the two of us I wont get back// PLEASE// PLEASE// VACCINE Let me live more.

MTree
BC

We liked / being able...

We liked being/free/friends/fearless/With science/With research/WE/will restore that fire of newly realized privilege /Beginning with the vaccine/The ember.

Sylvan
Vancouver, British Columbia

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to have face to face connections We liked not having the extra stress of "did the person I just saw have Covid?" We liked the fast pace of a freely moving world. We liked the house parties We liked the full restaurants We will soon like this again Soon

Julia

It's the...

Its the way to protect grandma and grandpa, friends with asthma, a friend who had cancer. As the vaccine roll out happens hopefully fear will roll out of our lives And disappear from the lives and minds of those who are at risk. Right now the best thing you can do help those who can't help themselves is to build your own immunity to this disease. Don't worry about getting the vaccine, worry about what our world will look like without it.

Sydney Mitton
Vancouver BC

Dear vaccine...

let us gather/listen to a whisper of a friend drawn near/their words warm; a sonic hug for our heart and ear


We liked / being able...

We liked the heart-swell of a stranger's laugh/ being able to the night ghosts in at all hours

Lillian Necakov
Toronto, ON, Canada

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please help us get ahead of this wave/So many are still being caught/in the undertow/dragged into the depths/and, too often their deaths/even when they could see your safe shore

Carol Good
Caledon, ON

Vaccine, please...

Don’t give up on us./ Ignore the hesitant and the haters. Overlook the entitled and the unethical line jumpers./ Disregard the conspiracy theorists, liberty lovers and science deniers./ Tune out the inequity, the uneducated, and the exhausted./ Just do you.Save the world./ Yes. The whole herd.

Jennifer Miltenburg
Lucknow Ontario canada

It's the...

It’s a step in the desert/ ever closer to the beckoning oasis/ the cooling waters of our loved ones.

Greg Santos
Montreal, QC

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine/We're trusting you to move us forward/To help us return to a breathe-easy life/It's a big ask/I have confidence in you

Diane M Dakers
Victoria, BC

Dear vaccine...

Let me see people smiling


Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine I’m sorry I doubted you, felt uncertain and undecided I wasn’t sure I really needed you, ensconced in the fortress of my home Good health and privilege You valiantly sought out dangerous corners Honouring a timeworn chivalrous agreement to do no harm Though inescapable on such dangerous ventures I won a lottery at my GP to get the Astra Zeneca, only 40 doses Astra Clottica I jokingly called it after its bloody reputation Did I feel my star rising? Dear Vaccine I’m sorry I hid the fact from certain family and friends Lacking strength to joust with their relentless foes My weaponry not accepted on their battlefield And now a far more difficult task lies ahead To lance lies with well-trained warriors, plunder falsehoods, save lives Ancient oaths, prayers and tinctures will not help us I look forward to the time when your name becomes legend.

Sandy
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Better than a squeeze from a giant squid / Help enable us to lock the lid / on this COVID container. / Make your use a no-brainer. / Free us from that mandatory task; / Finding the most fashionable mask. / Soon, the most hazardous risk? / Dropping a dish made of bisque. / Our angst while seeking toilet paper / now vanishes like water vapor. / Oh, what a glorious scene, / conjured by you, dear vaccine!

Becky Houstman
Tucson, AZ

Vaccine, please...

I wish and hope that you will lead us back to our lives, I miss my family.

Debra
Masset, bc

Dear vaccine...

Let us see each others smiles once again smiling with my eyes is creating too many wrinkles.

Roderick Gall
Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Vaccine, please...

work your magic / turn reluctant minds / to see your light / which shines with life /

Li
West Michigan

It's the...

innoculation to knock our socks off / our knackered hearts need to breathe


Calgary, Alberta

It's the...

end of the comfort of solitude and the beginning of us

Danny B.
Moncton, NB

Dear vaccine...

Thank you for the gift of hugs. Hugs at last from friends at a picnic lunch, from my grandson soon to be a high school graduate, from my neighbor who left occasional meals at my door and danced with me on opposite sides of the street..... Hugs at last. Thank you.

NANCY FOWLER
Port Townsend, WA

Dear vaccine...

I want to personally thank President Donald J. Trump and his vision for warp speed that made this vaccine available in record time.

B. Gertz
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

As the plane lands in Barcelona we exchange, now unmasked, smiles. Dear vaccine, the curtain goes up sending shivers down my spine. In the darkness elbows rest on the armrests, touching. Dear vaccine, we stop at Wawa Goose Bar & Grill on our Big Trip West, manage to squeeze the campervan between two trucks. Inside it's busy, noisy, exactly the way we like it. The vial full of dreams and promise. The vial of magic. As we rest our aging, vulnerable bodies, the posters are up in every nook and cranny of flesh. Wanted: Armed and Dangerous, Round with Red Spikes. The night guard is on the lookout. After stalking us relentlessly, mortality retreated behind the horizon. Dear vaccine.

Joanna Dudek
Ottawa, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Thank you for this gift / A year spent like no other / The weight is lifting

Lisa
Regina SK Canada

Dear vaccine...

Thank you for coming to our rescue. Soon we can bloom. Soon we can celebrate without doom. It’s been hard without our friends, but thanks to the vaccine we can see them once again. We hope we can all be vaccinated fast, so us kids can be free again at last.

Clara Jean Miller
Callander Ontario Canada

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please bring back the days when I could hug my kids

Sandy
Belleville ON

It's the...

it's the time of yes / not quite yet, but soon, yes, soon / today the wind is whispering "yes" to the trees / the trees are whispering "yes" to each other / yes, pine bow down your tall spine, yes / yes, weeping willow, yes / yes, sugar maple, see how your sap knows just when to flow? never "no" only "not yet" and "not yet", and then one day, so sweetly "yes!" / the river said "yes" once and never stopped staying it, do you hear? / could it be that we have been preparing our very best yeses, in these long, dark months apart? / that we have learned how to hear them call out to us softly in the still of the night / and that we have learned how to listen? / Could it be that we have been practicing how to open our hands, our whole hands, not just our quick typing fingers, but our soft praying palms too / slowly, tenderly preparing to allow these yeses a chance at flight / vaccine says yes to my yes, yes to your yes / yes to our yeses meeting somewhere in this wide windy sky / bold colours with soft wings / each one true

Simone
Gatineau (QC) ~

Dear vaccine...

Hey, Covid! Hey. Covid!/ Yeah. I’m talkin’ to you./ You with the purple spikes./ You think you can sashay in/ here and take over the world,/ sauntering around like/ a brazen hussy./ You think just because / you’ve recruited variant/ punks from Brazil, India / and Britain that you’re / the conquering hero./ Well, I have news for you!/ Our doctors, nurses, / researchers, caregivers/ are armed and ready to / take you down. Armed with / vaccines and science. / Your spikes will split/ before our needles. / It takes only a poke, / a jab, a shot into/ willing, waiting arms./ Soon, very soon,/ you’ll join your / low life brothers / the bubonic plague,/ the Spanish flu, polio/ in the dustbin of/ medical history./ So long, sucker!!/ Carol Weinstock/ May 2021/

Carol Weinstock
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, dear dear vaccine, how we have longed for your gracious presence Dear Scientists, dear dear scientists, how could we know until now how you have laboured in the labs, in the unknown until we turned desperately to you for the cure! How amazed we are that in a few mere months you were able to unleash the magic of your imaginings while we, the untutored masses, laboured unknowingly of the power of a collection of cells. We, who had never seen polio, or diptheria, pertussis, whooping cough then shielded our children from measles, mumps, rubella. We laughed in the face of AIDS and bolstered our defences against meningitis and shot up with HPV Only because you dear scientists and you dear vaccines Did not curse our ignorance But laboured on Knowing that eventually We would all know the true identity of the heroes in our world. May we never take you for granted again. May we fund you as never before. May we remember this moment of humility And keep it close So that out of this world wide keening and crying We never forget the folly of our hubris and the power of your life's labour. We owe you.

Barbara Baer Pillay
Edmonton, Alberta

We liked / being able...

We liked the knowing we were free. Or even just believing we were. Marveled at the number of people who could gather in a park, Strangers brushing arms through a mall doorway Sheepishly asking for a name, later to discover A friend.

Catherine
Elgin County

Dear vaccine...

dear vaccine of mine gratitude is a river flowing through my veins

Simone
Gatineau, Canada

Dear vaccine...

I know you didn't ask for this / To be the hero we've been waiting for / The one who would bring us back to some forgotten sense of normalcy. / You didn't ask for the pressure of millions of desperate eyes / And you sure as hell didn't ask for the conspiracy theories that work against everything you do. / You never thought this is what you'd amount to when you were first born 20 years ago / You don't even know if you have what it takes to give the people everything they want. / But I want you to know that it's okay. / You're trying your best / And I'm grateful for whatever amount of protection you can give me and the ones I love. / I'm so glad I met you / I believe in you.

Karyn Little
Toronto, Ontario

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to go to Church safely, shop and visit without masks. We liked getting together with our family and traveling to places that have us peace, rest, and renewal. Please let us get back to that again with no worry if health issues for family and friends. And please do not give our young families health issues in the future.


Joliet, IL

Vaccine, please...

I'm tired of hiding behind my mask hiding my smile and fears.. My pain, so agonizing so painful and real It will be so short It will be worth it Vaccine please, Let me see myself again, no matter th pain

KaeLyn Shen
Toronto, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

People look to you as a saviour/ To return to lives we know to be familiar/ To satisfy our bodies but cheapen our souls/ Dear vaccine, you came not to save, but to accentuate/ the inequality between rich and poor/ the disconnect between cultures and economies/ and helped us realize not all life matters/ Dear vaccine, They've killed the prophets for profit/ Families torn apart gasping for Air/ As we complain in despair of not being able to eat at a restaurant's table/ The vaccinated have shed the blood of the unworthy at the Temple Mount as soon as they were able/ Dear Vaccine, You will not release your IP for those who do not have/ you sell yourself for greed and shun those in need/ Looking away you shut your door, all is mine; nothing is yours/ Dear Vaccine...

PO
Earth

Dear vaccine...

Please find your way to India/ Those in North America can choose to be with you/ Yet those who badly need you you failed to visit/I sat in a Zoom meeting of Healers who thought you were made to kill them/Since I could see, what they could not, I was blessed to have you already double poke me/That is more pokes than I have ever seen on facebook/So work your way around the globe/slither like a snake from my culture that is wise and healing/Go do what you do best/ Build the immunity for the little ones who must rest.

Marina from PowerfulPress
Yellowknife, NT

Dear vaccine...

Life-saving liquid cursing through me now Chills and aches must mean it is working If only all believed it to be so

G. A. Bernard
Riverview New Brunswick

We liked / being able...

We liked to share a beer, Hear a story or two. You called me sweetie And said “I’m proud of you” Your booming voice is gone/ But we continue to carry on. It would have been a short prick of a needle/to save your life dad.

Nicole Woods
Ottawa

It's the...

It's the future we horizon upon eclipse hungry mouthes empty bellies fed babies nurture future empathy erase oppression blossomed dignity rooted coding within past gold standards arching peaks beyond needles blind science neutrality.

Stefan
Montreal Quebec

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, You have joined us in this epic era That has shaped my old age My grandchildrens' play, My neighbours' conviviality, And called out reserves of patience, forbearance, and demanded, for many, hard choices in facing a wall of exhaustion ************** YOU, a miracle of humane science, YOU, a beacon, a light in the dark, YOU, may you ride your goodness to every curve of the globe. Hurry, hurry, fly to wherever you are needed. We long to be restored

Rosemary Gray-Snelgrove
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

It's the...

It's the difference between isolation and solitude/ The ability to choose silence instead of a forced void/ peace

S.A. Hunt
Lethbridge

It's the...

wait, it's the fear … three more days till you, … vaccine in my blood rushing, fighting, … creating the chaos to get us out of chaos … of life in single days… it’s not living in moments - it’s living in counting … practicing patience without rewards. … Now I’m scared more than before, you’re three days away, but I might fail … get caught off guard, last moment, worst time, so close, so … , to shoot our chance to say bon voyage, to move, to rush, to fight …

Tamara
Pula, Croatia

Dear vaccine...

I long to feel you under my skin/Your healing touch as you go in/Permeating my every cell/Protecting me, keeping me well/Is this infatuation or love that is true?/A one-shot romance? I wish I knew/My heart's all a-flutter, a blush in my cheeks/Already thinking of our date in eight weeks!

James Watts
Montreal Quebec Canada

It's the...

little things we miss the most/coffee with a friend/shaking hands with a new acquaintance/ It's the big things we didn't realize were so big/visiting family/visiting friends/the hug hello/the hug goodbye/the hug for no reason except/the big one/Love/Can the pinprick of vaccine delivery/deliver these things to us?/ this is what we hope/this is what we trust/this is why we get it/this is the promise/ of the vaccine/togetherness

Margarett Sample
Ontario, Canada

Vaccine, please...

enter our bloodstreams like love/like we slip into rivers as children/ feeling for the bottom with our toes/knowing the current will bring us home

Heather Birrell
Toronto, Ontario

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please help me bring a healthy baby into this world/please be the deep breath that allows me to get excited about becoming a mother again


Ontario, Canada

We liked / being able...

Hugging grandchildren and old friends/cheering for the team on the ice or pitch/blowing out the candles on the birthday cake/singing Alleluia at church.

Debra Idzan
Salmon Arm, BC

Dear vaccine...

VACCINE HAIKU/ Dear Covid vaccine/where on blue earth are you from?/Prevent, please, lost breath./we like to breathe free/and want to exhale again/ white clouds,sun rays, blooms./Its the thinnest shot, a full needle of hope,/ Fam’ly’s warm embrace awaits. /Vaccine, please be kind, circulate cell death for life/May we carry smiles mask free.

D.Ana T.V.
Richmond, VA

It's the...

it's the hydraulic release to this year of anxiety


Toronto

It's the...

please save us from ourselves gift us the ability to recognize nature, to shift our selfish ambitions, to truly see that all living things need to equitably flourish together to thrive

Renee Judith
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, I cried when you entered me/ and shook with a rush of gratitude and hope/ that poured from my eyes/ in a gush of emotions and waves of euphoria!/ I didn’t know until that second how desperately I needed you!/ How devoid of hope I had become/ -living in my closed up world/ -living inside my computer…/ -endless days filled with lonely isolation./ tick, tock, tick/ the clock moves but it’s the only thing that changes/ tick, tock, tick/ another year of covid-no end in sight/ tick, tock, tick/ lives lost, families broken,/ tick, tock, tick/ fear marches on relentless …/ And so we hide./ Somewhere - just outside my door/ lives my children/ and mom/ and family/ and friends./ And laughter. And dancing. And joy. And celebrations./ Somewhere - just outside my door/ -on the planet of covid …/ Dear vaccine,/ I cried when you entered me/ -could feel the hugs and travel / -and parties and crowds / -and restaurants and concerts and yoga classes/ -and quiet moments spent with the people I love … inside./ Without masks./ Without fear./ Ohhh, how I’ve missed you./ All this - wrapped up in a single jab./ Dear vaccine,/ you wash through me with gratitude and hope/ -in an avalanche of optimism that overwhelms me!/ It all pours from my eyes/ -in a gush of emotions and waves of euphoria!/ And I …/ I humbly thank you…/ for / my / life./ This beautiful, beautiful life!

Anne-Marie Eadie
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Vaccine, please...

Give me back my student life


Terneuzen (the Netherlands)

Dear vaccine...

you who/ protect and serve/ my body now safe to negotiate with a deadly virus/ may your shroud of protection extend to all and give hope that we can find a way/ a way to deal with each other as flashing lights and rising waters threaten/ may you remind us that we work to solve interesting problems and care for each other and not really for money or status/

A Trull
Killaloe, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine / Apologies but I am ignoring you / Ignoring my aching arm / Not thinking about the miracle happening in my body / It's too much to risk optimism / We've been burned by that before / Better to just keep my head down and secretly hope to be surprised / by the sun breaking through the clouds

Andrea Nussey
Toronto, ON

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please be the gleam in the eye of the skeptics./Show them the fruits of your generous outpouring:/limpid eyes of rested nurses,/fifty thousand roars of joy/lifted on the arc of the ball/majestic in the clear-blue sky,/mask-less waltzes cheek to cheek,/swirls of hope in the shared breath/of strangers.

Alex Edward-Bourdrez
Northport, NY

It's the...

It's the cows swaggering on dusty streets As those in colourful treasured dress Slide away, respectful Flowers anoint This holy animal God like Mother of all Being And now the streets are pyres Smoke laden, smell of bones burning Priest bustling providing Hindu prayer Yelling bring bodies here now Can’t keep up like a straggler at the end of a race Time matters as time passes Plopped in streets Like dung in a field This separation of life and death One needle, one vaccine As they lament in streets, pleading, pleading, pleading For O2 to breath, to breath, I will buy they say as price goes up like a kite in the sky Unattainable To deaf ears, too many Their gift to us and we walk away How? Why? Let this medicine be our antidote to disregard May we all experience health May they be free of suffering.

Barbara Cohlmeyer
Thornton, Ontario

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to sing, yell, whistle/now we speak quietly so as not to spread our thoughts/in a manner that might kill/now we wait impatiently/to once again/be able/to be liked


It's the...

hope that those around me, in my community, my city, my Province, my country & my world will be healthy & safe. It's the hope that one day soon we can all breathe fresh air, congregate & understand that us all, we as humanity, are fragile, yet resilient. It's the hope that we'll embrace a better world.

Richard
Winnipeg

Dear vaccine...

Count your blessings. Many took scientific advice to social distance while some view health of others as an infringement of their civil liberties. Many businesses are closed or at minimum capacity yet, daily, you can see at risk elders with masks barely above their lower lip causing grocery store lineups while they feed lotto addictions. It's personal behaviour that's the saviour not a carry on as usual expecting a miracle drug while setting a poor example to those around you


Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, / You came so soon, really impossibly fast / and while we moan the rollout is too slow / and while we mourn the lost and dying / the fact that you are here / in all your varied splendour / gives hope back to the world / gives hope back to my aching heart.

Popkin
Toronto

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine yiu are a good fighter You are a hero for my daughter Despite I am here father I am pretty sure you bring back the peace this summer After a dark rain comes fair weather

Afshin Vakilbashi
Toronto Canada

It's the...

It’s a careful repeal of the six foot rule/ a sharp prick on my touch-starved arm/ that unravels/ the learned panic that sustained/ thirteen months of preservation/ It’s a delicious promise of sunrise/ of kissing strangers and sharing shoulders/ and knowing that nothing will be the same/ as before

Ines Thom
Vancouver, BC

It's the...

It’s the/actionable hope/sinking in

Annalisa Kolbeck

It's the...

It’s the deep breath I am longing to take, the one that says “they are safe”, the one that drops my shoulders, releases the knot in my stomach that has become a constant companion. It’s the tears that will follow, the releasing of over a year’s worth of worry- the silent kind that has become so constant that you barely acknowledge it. Until...until you can finally, deeply and gratefully breathe again.

Julie Parenteau
Salmon Arm BC

It's the...

It's the hopes and fears of all this year... So much weight in such a small thing./ A little vial. A little syringe. A little pain. And what to gain?/ An inner armor? Against the slings and arrows of Covid fortunes?/ I'll take my shot. Make my leap. If the armor protects my neighbor./ Great Physician of little things. Vacate the vices this virus has revealed. Make haste to deliver us.

Darcy Albers
Valhalla Centre, Alberta

It's the...

Tightness in my chest, my constant companion/For over a year/ Now I have a new friend/Hope/Thank you, vaccine

Anais
Vancouver

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, you are the result of millions of dollars and thousands of hours. The work of Doctors, Scientists, Big Pharma and Political Powers. Proof of what can be achieved when the focus is on one. With the same effort a cure could be found in time to save my son. Don't mistake me as being ungrateful. But Government and Big Pharma can be so wasteful. So dear vaccine, you have given me hope of a different kind. That somehow someone will find. A drug, a treatment, or a vaccine. Something, anything that will defeat Duchenne Muscular dystrophy.

Rick Gardiner
Chatham, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Thank you for coming to our community, for bringing us Hope

Katherine Osborne
Halifax, Nova Scotia

It's the...

It’s the basement the underground parking lot it feels surreal it feels like science fiction My partner says he’s surprised by the emotion he feels I nod, I feel it too I stare ahead so many cars  all here for this we don our masks but we are early  so we wait we talk about the crisis in India  about how fortunate we are We make our way to the elevator through the massive convention centre where volunteers abound pointing navigating sanitizing, calmly The room is huge long lines, hundreds of people there is a hush a kind of reverence  I look up  I see chandeliers beneath which people once danced, maybe ate together, maybe developed strategies together, maybe Maybe The room, it feels soft the needle, I barely feel Later I will pin a large V to my jacket a vintage WWII “V for Victory” brooch because it is isn’t it a victory

Tricia Wasney
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please give us back tears of joy / we've had enough of the others for a while. / Let us go back to smiling with our mouths / Our eyes have done the heavy lifting for too long.

Deb B
Wisconsin

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine/We all await that one fine day/When we go about, no fear in our way/So, finally, our lives can all restart/So we may never again be apart/Working, learning, birthdays, shopping, travel/Promise that our world never unravel/For allowing us to thrive, not just cope/Dear vaccine, thank you for this gift of hope

Jeffrey
Toronto, ON

It's the...

Tears of love as a grandmother hugs her grandson after months of unbearably safe distancing.

Kasey Ryman
Huntington Station, NY

We liked / being able...

We liked spontaneous road trips without risk assessment and strategic planning-- How long can I go without a bathroom break, how much of this coffee can I drink? We liked the thought of sewing and baking with our mom, even if we didn't visit as often as we should, and now we worry that we missed our opportunity. Lots of things stood still for the pandemic, but Parkinson's wasn't one of them.

Sandra
Ottawa, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, I shudder and receive your long-awaited kiss/like a puff of air/a needle in and gone/my new lover enters my inner being/death-defying/rekindling the urge/to be hopeful/I am emboldened to love/everyone who made you possible.

Tammy Green
Huntington, NY

It's the...

It's the perfect drug for an imperfect time A temporary salve for our anxiety The only side effects A euphoric insomniac A little pain And a coin shaped bruise Now wait and sing the second dose blues

Dorina Simeonov
Toronto, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

I lost my husband while I waited for you to protect him We stayed safe from SARS-CoV-2 but death had a different plan Death without hugs Life without hugs I told the out-of-retirement doctor who inoculated me that I wanted so much to hug her She smiled with her eyes from deep in her soul and said “Next time” So, vaccine, bring me hugs Let me shed tears and talk moistly and laugh out loud in the warm close comfort of friends

Shannon Berch
Brentwood Bay BC

We liked / being able...

We liked bodily comfort, blood and guts taken for granted, being able to deal without problem. Clean slate at all times

Maddie
n/a

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine - you are named Hope and Celebration. Hope that you will return our life to our familiar way andCelebration of our norm. We Hate and Fear Covid It took our Mother! And changed the way we would have celebrated her life and the way we had to bury her! Not only this heartache, but with a ravenous appetite you rob us of hugs, get togethers, physical contact, and the simple joy of living our familiar lives. Dearest Vaccine - you are a miracle worker and a possibility for what was... Please spread yourself rapidly to every corner of the world and to every person And may we as human beings love, cherish and protect all life! Gini Cale of hugs, get togethers, physical connection,

Yes please print my Name - Gini Cale
Hamilton Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Smiling my thanksgiving under a mask/ The efficient receptionist who took my form/The volunteer who showed me where to proceed/ Thank you to the nurse , with her kind voice/Thank you to the makers of alcohol swabs for cleaning the site on my left arm./ I am grateful for the pharmacist, drawing up the exact dose/ the fine painless needle, where was it made I wonder?/ The brilliant researchers in their labs day and night developing the vaccines/ Fifteen minutes to reflect, then out to my waiting husband and feeling the sunlight on my shoulders. / Next recipient in line...

Liz
London, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

I got you on Mother's Day early morn, 9 am Sunday before my kids were awake. I walked for one hour and 30 minutes to receive my gift. I could have taken a car but it's a blessing to walk about with purpose these days. I returned with a flesh coloured badge of pride. I returned home to the smell of pancakes cooked in bacon grease and weak coffee. It was the best Mama's Day ever. Next year will be better, stronger coffee and no more Covid-19.

Woo-Mi
Montréal, Québec

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine // I entered this hall three times before / for Seedy Saturday / to purchase new beginnings, dormant / promises in paper packages // for that bridal fair / to browse new beginnings, consider / promises in peach silk, white organza // for voting day / to wager on new beginnings, pumped-up / promises inside a folded ballot // and now today, for you / to receive new beginnings, clear / promises in a grateful body

Andrea Scott
Victoria, B.C. Canada

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please know / that I snap my fingers / in jest / at the Moderna boys / across the street. The Pfizer Gang / is not exclusive / and a sharp shot / to the arm / got me my colours. Vaccine, please know / that I cried / when I first received you / on a Saturday afternoon. Not for pain / but for possibility / and the hope / you bring / for the future.

Amy
Regina, Saskatchewan

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, I barely know you. You’ve only just met my arm. / But love you in ways I didn’t know I could. My hopes are pinned so high and I wait for you like an anxious bride./ I can’t wait for the future that you promise to bring. The new life ahead promises to be nothing like the old. But like every great marriage it’s because of the ways you’re letting me grow./ The days ahead with you in our lives promise sunshine, hugs, reunions and vacations. They promise more gratitude and equity and thoughtful interactions with strangers and friends./ So, dear vaccine, I wait. I wait with great hope for you visit me again. While I wait, I’ll dream sweetly.

Andrea P
Ontario, Canada

We liked / being able...

We liked our lives. My heart to your heart. My skin to your skin. My lips to your lips. Infused into each other's lives like oxygen to lung. But we take more care now. We are elders. We protect ourselves and each other. New routines become old habits. Except for our love. That is forever and never gets old...just like rainbows and the first blossoms on the pear tree.

Dayle Fraser McBride
Kingston, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, please make us clean We promise to make the earth green Allow us to begin living our lives We will once again vibe You are the gateway to life before the world ended The end to unwanted months that were extended The few drops of magic you contain is the key back to happiness back to seeing our love ones back to travel back to hearing a dismissal bell back to crowds and live music Thank you for being the one who unmasks us.

lily
austin texas

It's the...

It's the golden ticket/ That Charlie was searching for/The excitement is here/For brighter days ahead

Carolyn Griswold
Cambridge, ON Canada

Dear vaccine...

In a pandemic/ it's all academic/until the virus/ threatens us where we live/ just give/ us your best option/ it’s like an adoption/ for the jab/ and a stab/ for the greater good.

Marilyn
San Diego California

Dear vaccine...

I am here / with outstretched arm / and willing heart, / ready to shake free / the shackles of / a quarantine fate / that has extended / the limitations / of my disability / to the world at large

Luke Melchior
Victoria, BC

Dear vaccine...

Today, I welcomed you with a smile, I did not expect you'd make me cry, Tears flowing as I stood from my chair, gratefulness, regrets, sorrow, love, grief, relief, I welcome you too.

Sophie Babeanu
North Vancouver, BC

Dear vaccine...

If you want 8 billion "likes", / Repel those virus protein spikes, / Protect the world and all its nations, / From deadly COVID variations.

Jim Hutcheson
Wakefield, Quebec

It's the...

Pfizers now are set on stun, / And Astro Xena's kingdom come./ Add JJ's with their Modern ways / And then Corona will be done!

Bruce Barber
Stratford, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine After you entered my being I felt elation, gratitude, joy, and a profound sense of protection.I am so less troubled about the nearness of folk. My sense of community is slowly returning.


It's the...

It’s the sweet pierce of Vax Astra/ It’s the needle of Vita/ Bid good bye to the chaos of Corona/ By embracing the Panacea of Vax Astra/

AD
ONTARIO CANADA

Dear vaccine...

I’m garbed up and ready to go two masks and a face sheild that has the words “face shield” Scrawled across my forehead In case the casual observer isn’t quite sure what I’m wearing Too much? Maybe I worried about looking like a freak When I came for my shot But put it all on anyway Too many of those old stories about soldiers brought to their knees On the final day of battle Running through my head Why risk it, I thought Though I feel like an astronaut preparing to take my first moon walk So strange to worry about little things Like taking a deep breath amongst others Right here on good old earth That first great gusty lung-full, A few weeks from now when I’m feeling a little more secure That dizzying rush of oxygen Worry-free.... I’m smiling just thinking about it!

Angela G Hawn
Stirling, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine: You are a child, a toddler/ Born so few months ago, barely more than a year/ We wait for the terrible twos/ Your sisters, debutants, come out as teens, confident, already knowing their place / A world of weight sits on your young shoulders/ Will you keep up with the changes?/ Various dangerous unknowns, constantly thrown your way/ Will you evolve the essential appendages to grab this new life by the horns/ Can you shoulder our expectations, our suspicions and denials/ Will you get spiked or wear the victor’s crown/ We want to play out in the sun with you Dance to live music and celebrate family and friends/ I want to touch and hug and visit with you, shed the mask of my frightened face/ Wave after wave of hope then frustration, locked down in a fragile psyche/ You are a child, born so few months ago, a world of weight on your young shoulders

Diane
Ontario, Canada

We liked / being able...

We liked carrying our groceries home by backpack after walking to and from the store most days Being able to take advantage of sale prices and enjoy the freshest produce Instead of weekly online orders picked by strangers and collected by car. We liked meeting friends at a museum Being able to whisper about colours and lines and the play of light Instead of making the best of yet another Zoom call with freeze ups and lag. We liked dining out once or twice a month Being able to try new-to-us or favourite menu items while taking a break from the kitchen Instead of planning and cooking the 442nd supper in a row. We liked hugging family and friends who don't share our roof Being able to squeeze tight before stepping back to grin with joy Instead of sending v-hugs and waving awkwardly from 2 meters away.

Denise
Calgary, Alberta

Vaccine, please...

"God, save the World and save the Planet, This is a Prayer, I hope I am Granted. In Jesus's' name, the remaining souls' I beg ya' Save, As I pray, rip, to those in a Grave.

Rina Loré
Ontario, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine. Welcome to our world! We are happy to have you, happy to meet you/ You've made quite an entrance, become so important so quickly/ I hope you don't let that go to your head! /But then again, maybe I do/, maybe I hope you get a big swelled head and feel that you can keep up, birth offshoots to challenge the variants/keep going forever and ever/and, always, know that we love you.

Judy Holm
Stratford Ontario

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please, may I introduce my family/these are the people I love to my soul/share your tiny icy goodness with them/change and grow yourself to deal with this variant and that variant/and together, we will love each other, down to our souls.

Judy Holm
Stratford Ontario

It's the...

It's the arms that need hugging The songs that need singing It's the joy in shared meals Then new places waited to be explored Please vaccine, take us there again.

Carolyn Rigley
Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, wrap your arms around me/ As I offer mine, outstretched, grasping/ Reaching for trust in your little glass vile/ In your plunging medicine/ I get your point.

Karen Green
Chatham, Ontario

It's the...

It’s the opportunity of a lifetime/a lifeline formed of tiny droplets/carrying the invisible magic of science / into our interconnected veins


Toronto

We liked / being able...

We liked the day the traffic stopped, The banging pots and pans. The way we wanted to protect Our granddads and our grans. And suddenly we all were home, with Zoom-enabled work. With four of us and gerbils too, We quickly went berserk. At first they said: Don’t bother with A face-shield or a mask. “You’ll just spread germs! You’ll wear it wrong!” They didn’t make the ask. And that was dumb, but so was when They said: “Go back to school!” Why not share air with 30 kids? Why wouldn’t that be cool? And even dumber was the time They said to stay in our “safe six.” That only works if you can trust Your six aren’t total dicks. And while the numbers climbed and climbed, Yet assholes still did frolic, The government’s response was just Chaotic and shambolic. To mask or not? To get a test? To bubble with your neighbour? To get the CERB (or pay it back)? To safely sell your labour? And frontline workers, nurses, docs— You get the biggest callout. While douchebags rallied without masks, You suffered through the fallout. For those of us who work from home, We should know we are lucky. The fridge is here, and all the snacks. It’s really not so sucky. When you are home all night and day, The liquor bottles beckon. Why not pour Bailey’s in my tea? It just seems fair, I reckon. And on that note, why not partake Of Cuervo with my brunch? Why wait with jitters and the sweats For noon-time liquid lunch? And BC Liquor Stores, you jewel! You made our booze essential. Who cares if productivity Has not been exponential? So it’s been good, but it’s been bad. For kids it has been rough. A year without their grandparents Is way, way, way too tough. And now we have not just one shot, But two or three or four, To make those fucking protein spikes Torment us nevermore. “So which one should I get?” you ask, When there’s a veritable menu. Not only can you choose your jab; You get your choice of venue. But government, you’ve let us down. You’ve vacillated once again. You say the best shot is the one That’s offered, while NACI maintains It’s Pfizer you should get at once, Not AZ if you have a choice. Moderna, too, can beat those spikes, And Pfizer’s good for girls and boys. If you are stuck with AZ, then Be glad that it’s not Sputnik. The odds are astronomically against A nasty platelet uptick. It’s okay if you have some fears… The needle stick, the achy arm. The big thing is you understand How vaccines can prevent much harm. So anti-vaxers, hear me now: You shut your mouths and take your shot! It’s easy—all you’re gonna feel Is soreness, and you will not clot. The very best thing that our world Has done is make vaccines. When we’re all jabbed, we can feel safe. Just think what that would mean. www.liquorstorebear.com

Liquorstore Bear
Langley, BC

Dear vaccine...

I would just like to spontaneously spend time with a friend.

Melanie Stuy
Montreal Quebec

Dear vaccine...

How welcome you are!/I did a little vaccine dance after my tiny shot/It started the serious souls in the waiting room/ They looked up from their phones!/You are the key to open the door to hugging again/Please spread your hope to every corner of this Wild World.

Patricia Sharp
Edmonton,AB

It's the...

It’s the poem about Vaccine that reminds me I’m 23. Have you read it? They’re offering us *hope* (sorry, I think just the winner gets this) to the best poem about the vaccine in response to the poem about the vaccine. “Is it ekphrastic?” Yes, I guess. Kind of. No, not at all, its responding, like a collaborative epitaph, to a poem, not an image. “So, what is the contest?” It’s not a contest. There is no winner. It’s one long poem. We’re all winners. We all get— “Why? What is Ohio? Who is Kent?” and then, “this line is too long, try your poem on someone else.” And he leaves! He walks away and now I’m one anti-poet sized step closer a mask-less poetry reading.

Noah Farberman
Toronto, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, it's good to meet you / I've only known you a few weeks now / It's been said we have to meet again to really get to know each other / I'd really like to become fast friends / There are many places we should go together / Florence, Vienna, Maui, Vegas, the Lake / You're gonna meet my wife, my friends / We're gonna drink beer, wine and whiskey / You know drinks are best with friends / Dear Vaccine I've got some catching up to do and you're invited.

John Vankesteren
Mississauga, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

You are giving our lives back


We liked / being able...

We liked playing with our friends.


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Vaccine, please...

get yourself into the arms of the world, so that these arms can hug again

Teresa Grace Dimopoulos
Cochrane, Alberta

It's the...

Vaccination It's the promise, the offer of hope"" that I am safe, that I can kiss"" my granddaughter someday soon"" that she, too, will be safe""that someone in India"" will be safe from the plague"" that the cremation fires will stop burning."" It's the possibility""that we'll gather again"" listen to a violin sing wildly"" watch the hockey game"" share pasta and a glass of wine."" It's the simple things we ask"" not revolution, not immortality"" not the guarantee of a happy ending"" just a world that makes more sense"" that the familiar, the small delights"" will become familiar again.""

Leslie Y. Dawson
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please protect the young nurse I carried, nurtured and loved into the young man he is today. Keep him safe and let him live the life he imagines.

Trish Crawford
Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Dear vaccine...

We awaited word of your arrival - imminence not anticipated. Living in a state of what we’d become - missing one-another… cut off, and yet connected. Finding new ways, acclimatizing to solitude, new hobbies, one dimensional screens of faces. Promises of what would change if you arrived, reconnecting with those we love, and even those from distant pasts. No commitment, no timeline, days of joy, days of sorrow, suspended. And then you were here – but not there, not everywhere… but enough to make us question – as never before - What next?

Heather
Tory Hill, Ont

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please be my saviour and protector. Pick up the pieces of me and super glue me back together. There are parts of me so broken,some lost forever. Just use what you find and make me as whole as you can. It is such a big ask, I know, but only you can help now. Please vaccine, put on your cape and be my super hero.

Pam Punch
Halifax, Nova Scotia

We liked / being able...

You, what did "/" is force us "/" to clean out our "/" closets, "/" even the hidden one "/" the starlight never "/" shone inside. "/" You made us stare at ourselves "/" until the mirrors "/" in our lives could "/" tell us our own"/" hidden stories. "/" You made us "/" speak out "/" our pain until we "/" could hear "/" ourselves again. "/" You made certain "/" we will go back "/" and find that "/" sweet little shop "/" down the street, "/" the one that served "/" latte with chocolate. "/" You made us read "/" Northanger Abbey "/" and Silas Marner "/" one more time "/" when we thought "/" they were lost, "/" when we thought "/" we were lost "/" our souls "/" emptied out forever. "/"

Darlene in Vermont
Fairfax, Vermont

Dear vaccine...

Your anti-viral properties/May save us from this new disease/But now we have to all create/Immune response to fear and hate.

Jim Hutcheson
Wakefield, Quebec

We liked / being able...

to trust people, to not see strangers of harbingers of disease / but as our citizens, neighbors, potential friends / to smile at people with more than our eyes.

SHELLY A GALLIAH
Hancock MI

We liked / being able...

We liked seeing strangers faces more than we knew/seeing some of ourselves in them/and something we have never seen

Nick Biden
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, You made we aware, by your absence / in countries where affluence delivers COVID from abroad /to unsuspecting citizens without access to you./ May we open our hearts, our wallets, our conscience, to share you /until our brothers and sisters are safe everywhere.

Heather Ferris
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to dance together. I miss the energy that it brings. We like knowing that order will be stored. Less stories of the vulnerable always more vulnerable these days. We liked being able to give to charities for wildlife protection. I want humans out there protecting the unprotected. I want to see if we’ve learned anything at all.

Christine Rice
Montreal, Quebec

Dear vaccine...

I wonder why my thrift store top has a fake zipper for a pocket decoration. The pocket is sewed shut. I wonder why my friend of thirty years won't get vaccinated. I can return the top but what do I do with my friend?

Joanne Feeny
Slocan BC Canada

It's the...

Prick. Painful? Powerful? Plaintive?Pleasurable? Passionate? Praid for. Paid for. Praised, poo pooed or pounced on. Please poke, passed or paused. Pushed up, pushed past, pushed upon or pushed against. Pressed or pressured. Prized and possessed or pined for. Precious. Precocious prick.

Sandra Midori More
Vancouver BC

Dear vaccine...

/ Dear Vaccine/ Temptations are sold out in Kelowna/ According to my friend Louise/ And her cat has turned his nose up to pseudo temptations. / Scattering them across the kitchen floor./ The New York times says we have moved from Covid Fatigue to Languishing/ Sounds like Penetanguishene, The prison in Ontario/ I walk down the aisle./ To the green section, not the greens section./ 50 different varieties in glass jars reflecting back at me like a disco ball/ Memories of mothers and grandmothers./ Bread and butter, gherkins, dills, mustard, piccalilli/ Cucumbers left to ferment/ Always cleverly hidden in burgers/ Collecting dust in your pantry/ Meanwhile the laxative aisle is empty./ We are all in a pickle/ Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow/ And I shuffle on to the next aisle./

Ann Kelly
Courtenay BC

We liked / being able...

We liked seeing faces we liked seeing teeth. Gums full of spinach and pink rosey cheeks. We liked seeing noses with bats in the caves, freckles and stubble and smooth morning shaves. All public relations reduced to the eyes. Strangers seem stranger beneath the disguise. Missed shared expressions from others in line. Attempting to stand out by way of design. Vaccines will deliver that world of BC. Tear off that mask, please come close, let me see.

Tina McGill
London, Ontario

It's the...

Feeling that I will Not die from this. Or at least that I have a better shot at surviving. I feel that I can breathe A little freer even though I still have to follow all the rules Because the rules keep us all safer

Carol
Toronto Ontario

It's the...

It’s the promise that you offered

Mar
British columbia

It's the...

simple that is missed; things taken for granted, mundane and small but now loom large. When we return, forget not this time nor the importance of normal.

Lewis
Toronto

Dear vaccine...

You got here just in time

Janet Ward
Vancouver Canada

It's the...

It’s a shot in the arm It’s a shot across the bow of Covid It’s a shot for a world of hope It’s a shot for a chance of a hug

Donna Bourne
London, Onatrio, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, You are the answer to our prayer, An invocation to work together A call to action that we have answered The result of our promise to protect, Care for and cherish the spirit of all. Give us the strength to see each other, To walk side by side as sisters and brothers, Holding hands like young children Crossing the road together, a journey of health, awareness, consideration, compassion and love. All these things bottled in a tiny vial Protecting those we know and those we do not, A hug from a needle, a pinprick of joy, A song from the sciences, a poem in every language, A touch that fills the emptiness, removing the terrible fear, A hug from our family, hearts turned to hope, not alone anymore.

Damian Jordan
Calgar, Alberta, Canada

Vaccine, please...

Help us emerge from our homes, our isolation, our depression, our longing for touch, our making of sour dough bread. Help us to never forget or take for granted anyone or anything again.

Jennifer Hahn
Waterloo Ontario Canada

Dear vaccine...

V is for victory At least it is for me Today, very important For my history Important for the future too It’s the least that I could do Do consider it for you Get vaccinated, please I wore a very special dress Did my hair, but not the best Wore nice shoes and earrings too Found a bracelet that would do Marked a moment I waited for The days ahead will offer more Time with friends and family too Oh my goodness, I’ve so missed you To health care workers You have my thanks Because of you That curve will plank And as for science What can I say You’re always there To save the day We may not get The work you do But that’s our fault It’s not on you Our job, at least It seems to me Is to embrace reality Wear a mask Wash your hands Get your vaccine When you can We've worked together And given up alot Please mark my words This. Is. Our. Sho

Louise Wallace Richmond
Salmon Arm, British Columbia

It's the...

It's the silver dance shoes/motionless in the corner/It's the one-place setting/at my table/It's the solitary/pillow-hugging darkness//It's the solace/in the right to bare arms/a fighting chance.

Liz Kornelsen
Winnipeg, Manitoba

It's the...

slow return to breathing / the knowing that we’re/ the lucky ones/ that by accidental/ happenstance/ we were born in a place/ that “matters” to those/ with money/ the fatigue and fear/ across the world they/ build the vaccines that/ save us here/ across the world/ they die without the/ vaccine/ patent production/ pre-existing protection/ I breathe easier/ my wife works nights in the ER/ protected/ across the world/ a stranger’s wife dies

Shandi

Dear vaccine...

dear vaccine for too long I have been a goldfish circling a small bowl... a goose hissing at danger near my brood... or a spider fretting, my carefully spun webs rent in this storm... at midnight, i am a mosquito playing vibrato on the e-string,... a loon, wailing for those i cannot touch... a doe in strange woods, twitchy... vaccine please bring me back to my anthropoid self... a woman who wakes without dread, to a day rife with possibility

Mary Ellen Chown
Oakville, ON

It's the...

It's the slap down We needed The pause preceded The day the Earth Stood still Threading our lives Through a needle The day we perceived Everybody on the streets Abandoned cars Playgrounds empty Who would brave The grocery stores Who would dare Stand in a line alone We thought we had It made 'til The slap down came The variations on A virus like Bach Or Handel The Messiah With a protein spike Told us to stop Told us to wait At the lights To hold our lives Dear To hold our dear ones Near Shedding our steel skins Shedding our faux tech Shedding our busy ness No vaccine No inoculation Compares to this The calm and the glory The respect for each other Cannot be injected Away


Toronto

It's the...

It’s the risk of defence or risk of exposure, I risk either for you. I am not equipped to take such risks. But my voice is yours and you depend on me. I will choose your path, though unprepared as any new mother would surely be


Saskatchewan canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine you gave me mirth Even before your promised gifts come true: Of shared spaces, friendships and contact renewed You gave me laughter in a sterile room: Queued bodies and needles, each waiting our turn. Nervous bodies and shy smiles, each doing our small part to build a stronger web. A simple gift, a laughing quip with the nurse poised to give the jab. Through all the long hours and the days, she brings smiles and hope to all our covered faces. Our smiling eyes a small reward for such long work. I left with a lighter step knowing that nothing had changed An yet Change was beginning, and building speed. Soon ours smiles will be released to spread their joy instead of fear.

R Fishell
Toronto

We liked / being able...

To smile without masks and hug our friends tightly. We liked to be able to fly to exotic places or just to visit family who live far away.

Edith
Nova Scotia

Dear vaccine...

Gently the nurse injects me and excited, I receive the Messenger To cells, a particular code To heart and mind an injection of hope, of change, of life itself.

Dawne Sawka Brown
Trenton Ontario

It's the...

Injection rejection? Time for reflection...

Harper John

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine My last haircut was 6 months ago It was a masked affair back then With your rapid spread among us all I can't wait for the chance again!

Susan Reid
Toronto

Dear vaccine...

Return Us to What Matters Dear Vaccine By Mary Durfee The children played with siblings and the dog in the sunshine./ The sky sparkled without the pollution./ My garden got more attention and thank heavens for my man’s love./ Those are things I want to keep. Those are things to build on as the vaccine gives hope for the future./ Take the medicine, but remember the lessons.

Mary Durfee
Oregon

Dear vaccine...

Help me to share a world of firsts with my baby

Kelsey Luit
Winnipeg Manitoba

Dear vaccine...

if my mother were alive/she'd be pushing her walker through the line up/ for a taste of you/if my sister were alive/she'd be saying don't hesitate/go, drink of this cup/if my father, who survived the war, were alive he'd be standing in line on his tired legs/grateful and weeping.

Genevieve
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine. You’ve come just in time. Just a prick, I’ll close my eyes. I’ll be sore I’m sure that’s true. Dear vaccine, there is belief in you.

R.Crawford
Moran.

Dear vaccine...

No rest for health care workers A tough year it has been But scientists, our saviours Will bring us new vaccines To save us all from COVID’s wrath The sadness that we’ve seen Oh scientists, please bring us, new vaccines New vaccines Oh scientists, please bring us, new vaccines The sickest folks among us Have filled Intensive Care They’ve left at home their families With nothing but a prayer The front-line workers on the floor Must witness such despair Oh scientists, please bring us, new vaccines New vaccines Oh scientists, please bring us, new vaccines This might have been avoided Had people worn their masks To practice social distancing Was not too much to ask But many folks among us, who Were not up to the task Oh scientists, please bring us, new vaccines New vaccines Oh scientists, please bring us, new vaccines

Gary Kapelus
Toronto, Ontario

It's the...

It’s the key to stepping out again, Holding a grandchild, hugging an old friend, Opening the silent sadly shuttered door, Touching, embracing, mingling once more. From virtual to physical, a world we cannot mute, In pandemic times a solace, but never a substitute For life lived in person, not protected by a screen, To willing arms a vial of hope, a shot of the vaccine.

J. F. Beswick
Nova Scotia

We liked / being able...

Today I got my vaccine, was a pretty smooth routine Now I get to plan, all the things I want to do Food I’ll be enjoying, places I’ll be going Doo, doo, doo, gettin' my vaccine passport In this nicer weather, I’ll want to get together But only with the folks, I know have had the vaccine Going back to the gym, need a permit to get in Doo, doo, doo, gettin' my vaccine passport There are places you can’t go unless you have ID That specifies that you’ve had a jab. You can’t fool them! You will need permission, so you can gain admission Doo, doo, doo, gettin' my vaccine passport I have heard TV reports, they’ll loosen up the rules For people who can prove they’ve had the jab. You can’t fool them! Getting ready to pack, want to get my life back Doo, doo, doo, gettin' my vaccine passport Glad I got my vaccine, now I’m out of quarantine And I’ve got the paperwork, to prove I had the jab I’ll be in the fast lane, getting’ on that airplane Doo, doo, doo, gettin' my vaccine passport

Gary Kapelus
Toronto, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

What can we do the morning after? Once we’ve received the new vaccine Can we go out and hug our children? Escape our pan-demic routine? Will we be free the morning after? So many things we want to ask What are the limits of protection? Will we still need to wear a mask? It's been a while; we should start living We’ve struggled hard just to exist Look forward to a new beginning Resume the things that we have missed What can we do the morning after? Once we’ve received the new vaccine Can we attend our favourite restaurant? Can we now get our hair cut? Can we forget COVID-19?

Gary Kapelus
Toronto, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

Can you hear me As I stand on the shores of the Caribbean Under a State of Emergency since March Unaware of the horrors to come Can you hear me As we suffer under your rule Under your thumb of laws, rules and protocols Seemingly never ending, and cruel Can you hear me As I leave these shores for another jurisdiction Oh Canada, let Quebec be my home I droll, but its too soon, as even here you rule Can you hear me as I lose my father too COVID 19 and no underlying health conditions, how cruel I’m unable to travel for those laws, rules and protocols I say goodbye, via Zoom Can you hear me As I stand at the Olympic Stadium In line, for my prick In line, for my humanity In line, to play my part to end your rule Can you hear me As I have hope to the end your laws, rules and protocols That you have brought to us Can you hear me As I see science ending your rule Can you hear me As I call you to end your rule End your rule End your rule End your rule End your rule

AdéX
Montréal, Canada

Dear vaccine...

give us back the mundane/the ordinary/conversations with strangers/dinner with our friends/all those things so simple/we could completely/take them for granted/but never will again/please vaccine.

Karin Frances Treff
Toronto, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, You had me at "Yolo." I was feeling sooooo low. Tired of flying solo. I felt much like J-lo, my legs? kinda Jell-o! Red carpets? Well, you know, Vaccine you stole the show!

Lookey in Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Dear vaccine...

bring us back the mundane

Karin Treff
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please, let me feel the warmth of my grandchild’s arms. Let me pass the time making a cake together and having pretend parties. Life will be sweet with the Covid vaccine treat.

Julia Levine
Alliston Ontario

Vaccine, please...

Send the signal to the Powers That Be to open the full experience of life to us again what ever that means for each of us


Ottawa

Dear vaccine...

We await you, dear vaccine, the World’s defender/ Scientific champions/ Technological brilliance/ Sanctioned and accepted/ To penetrate arms/ Traveling through our hopeful bodies/ Ready to fight battles/ Vaccinated to make us stronger/ Encouraging us to work together/ Allowing us to travel to loved ones/ To hug and hold hands that have been forsaken for too long.

Bonita Moore
Shediac, New Brunswick

Dear vaccine...

Quick, quick, before the lights go out / Dear vaccine we need this ship turned about / The storm is breaking on our shores / We have exhausted all our stores / You are the shining lighthouse in the dark / Come quick and leave your ever-fixed mark.

Elspeth Tory
Ottawa, Canada

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, which we do seek/ Hallowed be thy strengths/ Thy wisdom come, thy protection will be done/ In arms as it is in hearts/ Give us this day our pending immunity/ And forgive those injustices/ As we forgive ourselves and one another/ Lead us toward good health/ And deliver us from ignorance and inequity/ For yours is one solution/ From which we’ll benefit for years and years to come/ Amen.

Sue L. Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

It's the...

tears pricking my eyes as I reach the front of the line. The anticipation of the needle pricking my arm. Dreams of brighter days filled with hugs and laughter.

Erin Manning
St. John's, NL, Canada

Dear vaccine...

I saw 2 crows, outside MacDonalds, Eyeing some buns lying there. I noted their furtiveness, lack of assertiveness As they sized up their dinner time fare. The crows both said “caw” as they danced round the buns, And they looked out for danger and threats. Cause crows don’t get old, by being too bold And not at least hedging their bets. So they hopped to the left and they hopped to the right And they cawed out their warnings quite often. And they both got to eat, a nice honey glazed treat Thanks to A bun dance of cawtion.

Dave Paddon
St.John's Newfoundland

Dear vaccine...

AstraZeneca works so well protecting me from harm. But why, I wonder, do they want to stick it in my arm? Perhaps it should be A-s-s and should be underlined, And then they'd leave my arm alone and aim for my behind.

Dave Paddon
St.John's Newfoundland

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine let us see our teachers.

Belyn
San Antonio, Texas

Dear vaccine...

Please live up to be the magical cure you were told to be... For me and my family would love be reunited to witness my grandmother's birthday party.

Jayson DeAngeli
Marana, AZ

Dear vaccine...

help us get back to normal back in grocery stores back to school help us get back to good health back with family and back with friends dear vaccine... help us

Teaghan P
Tucson, AZ

We liked / being able...

We liked going out, seeing our friends and feeling their warm hugs. We miss family gatherings and seeing each others faces. We long for being in public without having to worry about health. We want to be free from this tragedy that struck us all. We need all the support we can get. We hope the vaccine can save us.

Cadence T
Marana, Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, please prove you're effectiveness and work for many / Show those who doubt you that you are better than what they claim / Show them you're not some microchip-planting shot or a government hoax / Please, dear vaccine, show that you are worth it, I am sad and tired of all the sickness and death

Brianna W
Marana

We liked / being able...

To reach out to others in love & acceptance To hold hands when walking together To be able to say goodbye in person Not over the phone Never able to touch again hug again Difficult times lonely times Times of introspection

Jan Martz
Clarion PA 16214

Dear vaccine...

thank you for being you

Philip Terman
Barkeyville, PA

Dear vaccine...

I want to be able to see my girls and family and be able to kiss and hug my grandkids. I want the world to be a safe place to live.

James H. Templeton
Rootstown, OH

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please give us health and life. Being with friends. A window to freedom. Acceptance. Understanding. Love

Sandy Evans
Ravenna, OH

Dear vaccine...

You give us hope. Hope that on some days seemed intangible. You give us back life. Life for children to be kids again to play and share and laugh with their friends. Life for our older adults to go into the world without fear of dying. Life to be able to hug and kiss their grandchildren. Life for all health care workers to begin to work through the trauma of all that they have experienced from the vengeance of the virus to be able to move forward again each day and feel the joy of healing again. Hope for a kinder and gentler future from all the lessons learned in isolation.

Lisa Aurilio
Hudson, Ohio

Vaccine, please...

Prayer to GOD... I am silenced by the screeching sounds of the ambulances whisking past the lone street at odd hours, at uncountable hours in front of my dwelling, hearth and lodging. I close my eyes petrified, stupefied, terror-struck as I visualise and envisage the pangs of the deadly disease the alarming sirens the helpless, suffocating commoner pant and heave for breath. I see colourless, odourless, soundless cries, pain, tears dissipate in the elements of nature - earth, fire, air, water and ether unceremoniously, guilelessly, ingenuously. I send a silent prayer to God in communication and in conversation to protect, shield, guard and shelter HIS defenseless and vulnerable susceptible and exposed PRECIOUS mortal SOULS today. @Abha VISHWAKARMA 03/05/2021

ABHA VISHWAKARMA
JAMSHEDPUR, JHARKHAND

Dear vaccine...

you slip in like/ a double agent/ tiny/ invisible/ the body can go/ back to routine/ while you keep watch/ around the perimeter

Susan Scheid
Washington, DC

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please, jump into everyone's arms, for we all need it even though not everyone understands that or has access to it

Kristina
Spokane, WA

Dear vaccine...

I dream of a better tomorrow / A tomorrow where a world unites, / Let us all come together / and unite on a beautiful future, today / Let us seize today!

Ruth Klammer
Tucson, AZ

It's the...

I await the / concatenation / of the / everyday

Michael
Tucson

Dear vaccine...

There's only so much to do/Trapped in our homes/Save us from ourselves/And from our need to socialise./Keep us safe as we insist/upon ending our quarantines

Bethany V
Tucson, AZ

It's the...

Potion, filling bodies with building bonds - as if to remind us what we learned without such a thing. Reflected in my amazing nurse's goggles: "now, what can we do? Can we do it more, can we do it with purpose?" - This potion radiating from my left side warms my muscles and guides my fist up to say "yes".

Brianna

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to give hugs and gather in large groups. We liked not needing to wear a mask or using hand sanitizer 7 times a day. We liked not being judged when we coughed in public. Vaccine, please help us get back to normal. Provide security for those who are afraid and save the lives of those at risk. Let us go back to school, concerts, and football games. And finally, vaccine, please be powerful enough to make the virus go away.

Emily
Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Welcome! I am glad you are here after so many tears, truly faster than I had dare hope.


Wisconsin

We liked / being able...

Impromptu downtown dinners,/lazy bookstore afternoons,/and singing together,/oh, singing together/most of all,/hearing you with me,/trading a sly smile/when we hit that perfect/harmony.

Colleen Anderson
Charleston, WV

It's the...

It's the day I say yes. / To my kids: you can hug a friend that chooses not to vaccinate or to wear a mask./Yes you can play on a soccer team too./It's my own toil - am I choosing to not have my kids play soccer or go to church because I still need a break or because I need to protect them?/Or is it yes to both?/Is it time to take them on a flight as we want to get further way and we are vaccinated yet my kids are not? / How can I say yes to one or the other? / Am I being selfish or selfless?/ And yes this is all trivial as so many have suffered. When can I say yes?

Mandie
Helotes, TX

Dear vaccine...

trust us, dear vaccine/ bet on us/ surely we can make amends with this earth/ like we have mended our relationships with our loved ones after the spilling sink and spilling laundry basket/ became aim for complaint/ we have entered ourselves/ young, middle aged and old/ circles out on the streets singing and chanting for peace/ so many feet, on one downtown street/ Give us your faith again! inoculate us with this opportunity/ let us restore as much as possible what we have taken/ for the soil and from each other/ We like life/ Maybe were irreverent/ lawless with our laws/ but the trial is over/ Vaccine, please. Breathe live into our bars, schools, and homes. We are still worthy

Guadalupe Salgado Partida
Los Angeles, CA

Vaccine, please...

Oh how we have missed our lives/ Vaccine please provide us with hope/Restore our dreams/Relieve our stress/Guide us as we overcome this misery/Please help/ We need you

Takaia H
Marana

Dear vaccine...

What We Need Now is Faith, Hope and Charity FAITH in the belief / That a little leaf / And, this is no joke / Will become the mighty oak. // HOPE that naysayers / Become yeasayers // Then we will pray / For a new day / To enjoy our humanity / Free from this insanity // CHARITY: The greatest gift you'll ever give or get is to love and be loved in return. To paraphrase Mark Twain "The more I learn about people, the more I love my dogs."

Marvin M. Freeman
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

We liked / being able...

To be able to live without fear!

Judy Hernandez
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Thank you, dear Vaccine / Your mantle of protection / Gladens my heart / And emboldens my step

Janet
Chandler, AZ

It's the...

Worse than the flue and cold. / I got vaxed so I can get old. / The non-believers are fools / science has the tools. / A booster in 2022? / I'm ok, are you?

Peter Shemroske
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

By receiving the vaccine, this means I can see my family + friends without worry. I can hug my grandmother with Alzheimers...and I can travel the world again. These are the little things the vaccine taught me I took for granted.

Frankie Mclister
Middletown, MD

Dear vaccine...

There is a reawakening After languishing in the unknown We have dusted off our shoes and Tiptoed through the looking glass Into a sweeter dream Asking ourselves Where have you been? Where do we go from here?

P Thompson
Arizona

Dear vaccine...

💉🙏😊😊👍👍

Claudia Marez
San antonio tx

We liked / being able...

We liked going to places, crowded or not/travelling without a destination or a worry in mind/being able to hold hands, share food, and embrace each other/to just be with people and laugh again


AZ

Vaccine, please...

shine your light lets everyone see that life can be a time when we can reunite

Samuel Openlander
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

allow us to spend time with friends / as the pandemic approached we left so many dead ends

David Wassef
Memphis, tn

Dear vaccine...

Thank you. The world is ajar, turbulent, stormy weather. You, are the Dramamine aboard an Embraer. I feared you- your sharpness, the potential icky green-tongued emoji you may immediately cause me. I feared you, I didn't initially trust you...until I did. Trust. I came to believe, through science, the voice of epidemiologists, your presence in my community, that you were my ticket to comfort. The antidote to pandemic anxiety and blues. You, became my passport to freedom from fear of the nasty "crown" virus, we won't mention its nasty name. You are my freedom to see the world I love so much. Thank you. I never thought I be your friend, much less proud to say that I am your lover. XOXO.

Ilena Kansikas
USA

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please find a common language to speak to us all, convince us with your charm.


It's the...

It’s a memory we’ll share in years to come, / pointing to the place we got it, left or right / arm, mostly, and the places we got it: / fairground, racetrack, old K-Mart or Sears, / school gymnasium, church parking lot, / rural grange hall, shuttered restaurant— / the places we met and loved each other.

Lynn Otto
Oregon

Dear vaccine...

Oh dear vaccine help us through these hard times help restore the light that shines when we walk outside knowing we get to smile at strangers, knowing we can see others faces when crack a joke and get to see their precious smiles, help us so we can go back to our "normal" lives and help bring back our joy.

Melodee H

It's the...

It's a world without smiles/where laughter is feared/It's a world of few gestures/where friends miss their friends/It's a world of private tears/where full throated panic reigns/////It's a world of takeout from bookstores/and remarking of television people TOGETHER/It's a world of streamed theatre/of movies enjoyed in the afternoon/////It's a good world of loving your pod/of getting to really know a new grandson/It's a great world of new intentions/of a change in the White House.

Susan Tarrence
Tucson, AZ

It's the...

It's the hugs we didn't know we loved. It's the class we didn't know we would miss. It's the smiles we didn't give enough. The things we never said, never did, and never will. It's the lives we thought would never end, jerking to a stop before our very eyes. Vaccine, will you save us? I thought I had time. We always think we have more time. Vaccine, please give us more time.

Hannah H.
Marana, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Seeing my friends and loved ones/ cooped up in their homes;/ Oh vaccine, please save us/ from what the world has become.

Maylee M.
Marana, AZ

It's the...

end of the world as we know it, and i feel fine now that i got a vaccine

xander
Tucson, AZ

It's the...

restaurant in the mall

Ryan Buynak

It's the...

It's the magical key, COVID-19 Vaccine On the other side of the door is our way back to our freedom we once had before Back to the way we spent everyday Going to a movie or performing our duty No wearing masks to do simple daily tasks A year and half we will never get back We've been so brave now we are saved It's the magical key, COVID-19 Vaccine

Lily Pilkington
Marana, AZ

Dear vaccine...

your all we have left to make us be free again

Keliyah harris
Tucson, AZ

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to hear the murmur of a packed house From backstage at our community theatre Before we got to go on and project our voices To the very last row of the balcony.

Robin Wood
Chestertown, Maryland

Vaccine, please...

Prayer to GOD... I am silenced by the screeching sounds of the ambulances whisking past the lone street at odd hours, at uncountable hours in front of my dwelling, hearth and lodging. I close my eyes petrified, stupefied, terror-struck as I visualise and envisage the pangs of the deadly disease the alarming sirens the helpless, suffocating commoner pant and heave for breath. I see colourless, odourless, soundless cries, pain, tears dissipate in the elements of nature - earth, fire, air, water and ether unceremoniously, guilelessly, ingenuously. I send a silent prayer to God in communication and in conversation to protect, shield, guard and shelter HIS defenseless and vulnerable susceptible and exposed PRECIOUS mortal SOULS today. @Abha VISHWAKARMA 03/05/2021

ABHA VISHWAKARMA
JAMSHEDPUR (INDIA)

Dear vaccine...

you don't know me - but I've been waiting to be with you

Jordan
San Jose, CA

We liked / being able...

We liked/ feeling our laughter/ spill across the pub table/ seeing our gloss along the rims of our glasses/ whisper-yelling over 90's music/ the pull of the dance floor/ being us/ a pool of motion

Jennifer R Edwards
Concord, NH

Dear vaccine...

As I roll up my sleeve for you, dear vaccine, I Pray. Please, save us from ourselves.

Melanie M.
Columbus, OH

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine,/ I miss my father’s/ bear hugs and the/ countless little things/ I had no idea I had/ lost// a small table/ for five (with no/ acrylic partitions)/ where we could/ talk from brunch/ to dinner// the airport and/ its rows of/ crowded departure/seats// faces of people/ on the/ streets// crowds in/ general// the massed/ energy of our/ collective/ breaths// take us to/ those places/ again// one/ day.

Justine Tajonera
The Philippines

Vaccine, please...

save us from the darkness and lonliness... we have suffered long enough to learn our lesson... we are just drowning now... we are looking for the light at the end of tunnel... are you the light?

Cassandra Q.
Marana

It's the...

It's the millions of blossoms / opening to possibility / as we are able / to hold loved ones / close again / to gather strength / for new challenges. / Oh vaccine, you are hope itself.

Karen Lewis
California

We liked / being able...

to dine out, operas, a shopping spree, picking out my own unique green tea. Covid-19, no going out! Sheltering in place. Masks on face! Vaccine appointment made. Hopeful, not afraid. Former life, vaccine has made!

Beryl E. Cook
Tucson, Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Tiny, gleaming vials of hope reach across the lifespan urging a consideration of caring / Thankful to the scientists for such deep, detailed and life-saving work. / Let us all no longer live in fear of this troublesome virus / Guide us to health and joy and the refreshment of friends and strangers / Amazing how a vaccine encompasses such possibilities

Kathy Rak
Cleveland, OH

Vaccine, please...

Jibbity Jabbity, / Pfizer, Moderna, or / Johnson and Johnson, please / save us from harm. / Spring-time is here with mass / immunizational / drive-thrus to give us all / shots in the arm.

David
Tucson, AZ

We liked / being able...

Physical contat / Being able to hug / to embrace those we love / to express how much we care / to show support / to greet and old friend / to congratulate those around us on their accomplishments / and hopefully one day soon to acknowledge relief that we have gotten through this very challenging time

Susan
Fargo, ND

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please restore my world. Some of us have beautiful minds, but they need less stress than most. A year is too long for us to spend, Inside, Afraid, Unable to breathe well, Unable to stop thinking. Stop. Stop thinking. But the thoughts come anyway.


It's the...

freedom we crave, like flying high but holding hands, minus the hand san.

Deborah Collodel
Malibu, CA

Dear vaccine...

Save us and all communities.

Ammar
Louisville

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine; I am feeling like a superhero! Thank you for giving me the cape.

Sam
Tucson Az

It's the...

tiny ways I never notice/the windows of your eyes/giving me so many opportunities/I pass by, this reminder/to connect with others/extensions of my heart/to be to be to be

Jennifer Howell
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

We liked / being able...

We liked the office pop-ins and overcaffinated conference coffee breaks, buzzing with close conversation in a room crowded with brains and ideas/ Commuting to a different space, windowless office that i will never again spend an entire day in/ I'll pop into offices and walk to coffee shops and buy clothes on my lunch break in a store where I can touch the fabric and thank the retail worker/and then maybe hop on a plane to visit my sister and hug her for an hour

Anonymous
Grand Rapids, MI

Dear vaccine...

Thank you for tamping down the panic. Now in the stores when I see a mask slipping down under the nose, I don't tense up. I don't think: "how is it possible that you can you treat my life so carelessly?"

E.S.
Austin, Texas

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please fix what has been lost. We went to concerts, the sound waves rushing through our ears, and shared excitement, in small night clubs to amphitheaters and stadiums. Where we didn't know that yelling among hundreds of people surrounding you would be withdrawn from our lives. Oh vaccine, please bring back the exhilaration that belonged to us once before.

Libby F
Tucson

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please fix what has been lost. We went to concerts, the sound waves, shared excitement. Where we had enjoyed yelling at the top out lungs surrounded by hundreds of people. How much fun we had! Oh vaccine, please Reunite the exhilaration that belonged to us once before.

Libby F
Tucson

Dear vaccine...

It's our hugs/that the bug took/into its arms and/we want them back/ to embrace one another/the big hugs, bear hugs/ the tug up close to feel love hugs/ dear healing vaccine you'll bring back.


NYC

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please do a little more than we expect, surprise us with your protection.

Noreen Hennessy
Pawlet Vermont

Dear vaccine...

Oh dear, Vaccine. My niece/is more afraid of you/than of the virus./How can I let her know/you are her protector,/her seatbelt in this speeding car?/You can't prevent a wreck, but/if she does crash/you're her best hope.

Peggy Shumaker
Fairbanks AK

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please let me hug and kiss my Grans take a hike with my friends ride my bike to the Farmers Market but. It is a shame that a pandemic has become political that poor people come last that some would refuse you hurting all of us we still have a long way to go Muchas gracias

Lois Segal
Berkeley California

We liked / being able...

We liked listening to music/sitting in the grass with friends.


Tucson AZ

Dear vaccine...

I'm all for consent, but would you please force yourself on those who would not accept you? Or lie and tell them you're all herbal, natural, and plant derived?

Jason M.
Columbia, MD

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, we had such high hopes you would saves us, but the world still falls and burns around us.

Wendy Lee-Calamera
New York, NY

Dear vaccine...

There was a young woman / From Boulder / Who got the vaccine / In her shoulder / Then she waited a bit / To see if she'd / Have an adverse gastric reaction / But she's fine and now free / To get older.

Karla T.
Seattle, WA

It's the...

It’s the real unreal time An eon of global transformation An upside down World in a life turned inside out Now that we are vaccinated The outside possible still seems out out of reach Unthinkable after a year inside

V Drake
Chicago

We liked / being able...

to hold our children without fear

DeeAnne Henry
Centreville, VA

Vaccine, please...

Bring back family/ Bring back friends/ Bring back laughter/ Make the dark times end!/ Give us hope/ Show us the light/ Please keep us safe,/ So we can fight for what is right/ Bring back closeness/ Bring back touch/ Bring back comfort/ Vaccine please, It's been too much!

Zack Bristow
Tucson, Arizona

It's the...

It’s the turn in life A turn called to slow down It’s a turn an opportunity to reflect, thanks to everyone who turned the vaccine

Manju
San jose

It's the...

Slurry of voices / Spring breeze slips through open doors / Lumen Field jab site

Freed
Seattle, WA

Dear vaccine...

dear vaccine, graduation is near/ Make it the good kind of memorable/ if it takes vials to throw caps with a smile that can be seen, then vials I will take/ as long as this year in some way can be worth my wild

Shaylee G
Tuscon Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Oh my dear vaccine/ My arm aches from you/ so that my heart won't have to/ No more aching to hold my sons/ No more aching arms from lack of hugs/ No more missing friends/ No more fear of tragic ends/ Blessings of ordinary life you've brought/ Twas a gift of gratitude hard taught!

Elaine Ferry
Big Springs, WV

We liked / being able...

in the world the disease was planted... being able to leave the house without a mask was taken for granted... "toilet paper, hand sanitizer, water" the people demanded... "stay in your homes" the government commanded... for months the world was abandoned... left isolated and stranded... with 6 feet barriers... social distancing was required in all areas... months passed and so did many... waiting for a miracle, was there any?... after time the vaccine came to save the people... everyone in the world became gleeful...

Alexia Quach
Tucson, Arizona

Dear vaccine...

There is no cure for anxiety. / No inoculation for the gritty grains / Of worry constantly falling into My thoughts / My shoes / My very breath. / / Anxiety Allergies Or Covid? Why can’t I breathe? / / I cannot keep my parents safe If I don’t get this dear vaccine. Cancer didn’t kill them this round, But I’ll damn myself with guilt If I am the reason they cannot breathe. / / My son thinks face masks are A requirement like shoes Or a coat. He wants to be safe; / Protect his toes, / his lungs, / His PePaw. / / I need to work. But I work with the people. If they are not protecting me, what will happen to my son? I protect them with a mask / With germ-x / With distance. / I hold my breath when I hold their phone Wearing gloves or a layer of sanitizer Sticky between my fingers. This button, / This setting, / This app./ Excuse me dear vaccine, / while I step away to breathe. / / I sit in the garage of the Firehouse, Slow breaths, in and out. / Fifteen minutes. / I read the card ... Pfhizer / Pfhizer / Will Pfhizer be my savior? / / The needle prick was perfect. No pain, no blood. / The bandaid jumped off my skin; There is no wound here. / / My arm is less sore than my stomach, Acid and anxiety adding to the life punches 2020 gave. / No wound, Sore like a workout Shoulder wheels around and around Behind / Over my head / Forward / By my hip. / Maybe this movement will be forward / No longer stuck in the murky Science swamp / over-powered political / tug-of-war. / / Dear vaccine, / Can we move forward to the day I can breathe again?

Natalie G.
Logan, UT

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please make it possible to see smiles again, to hold hands again, to hug and shout and lift our voices in collective song again.

Jody B.
Toledo, OH

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, / Please save someone else's grandma since you were too late to save mine / A day after her funeral you were in the local news / My mother crumpled on the couch, holding the paper to her chest; / you finally made it to grandma's nursing home / Please save the rest of them

Sadie Schlegel
Holmesville, OH

We liked / being able...

we liked being able to interact with people the correct way/ we liked having full capacity at sports events/ we liked having stocked stores with all the essentials/ we liked shaking peoples hand out of respect/ we liked having school normally/ we liked being able to share food with our friends during class/ we liked having all businesses open/ we liked going places and not being worried about catching anything/ we liked not wearing masks everywhere we go/ we liked making new friends/ we liked not having online school/ we liked sharing our belongings at school/ we liked giving hugs and high fives to friends

Alexia K
Marana, AZ

We liked / being able...

We liked being able not to wear masks everywhere we go/ being able to have full capacity of people at sports events and parties/ making new friends and meeting new people/ being able to shake someones hand out of respect/ not being worried about everything we touched/ we liked having everything in stock in stores/ we liked not having to stock up food for "just in case" reasons/ we liked going to school normally and secretly sharing food with out friends

Alexia K
Marana

Vaccine, please...

My shot/ Stop virus spread/ Auspicious occasion/ Help create herd immunity/ Vaccine

Veronica Hosking
Avondale AZ

Dear vaccine...

I trust science, and I trust you. But I’m not sure how fully I believe in you. I made the choice to be vaccinated, but I felt I had no choice. How else am I to keep myself, my family, my students safe? So here we are, card in hand. I stretch my arm and know it could be worse. So much worse. Will this cautious optimism let me see my parents again? Will there be a day when my children don’t ask “Do we need a mask?” They buckle up, hands out for sanitizer / trained so well for this circumstance they shouldn’t have to endure. Yet here we are / In a place we were unprepared to be. Wash for 20 seconds / and wait to be free.

Teresa
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

With you, vaccine,/we won't lose touch./You promise we won't/give up loving/touch we've missed so much/these days weeks months./Without so long/now touch can heal/what ails us,/can give back who we are/when our arms circle/one another, when one palm/cradles a beloved face.

Peggy Shumaker
Fairbanks AK

Vaccine, please...

Be the savior of their youngness / The one that makes them freeze / The time to their madness / Ô youth be happy

Elian
France

Dear vaccine...

Stop this virus from getting to us

Ms. Loya
Austin, TX

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine thank you For helping me get back to myself, who I realize may no longer be there when I arrive. She may have moved, left no forwarding address. Or if she is there I realize she might not want a hand getting back up. But dear vaccine, dearly beloved vaccine, the possibilities of laughing, sneezing, shouting, among others, should I want to use them again, is a gift you gave me, dear, dear vaccine.

Jennifer Dannenberg
Bellingham

Dear vaccine...

/ is it true what they say/ two quick pokes/ keeps the covid away/ vaceens so it seems/ are brought from a dream/ to go back to life/ but alot dont beleve/ they hear "vax"/ then they shout back/ and they turn their screen off/ when they feel attacked/ they annalize while sat on the stool/ they criticsize what science overrules/ but when we look at it/ we should use commen sense/ not a cure from magic/ or a scheem that was sent/ its made to protect/ and maybe it was russhed/ but that dosnet mean its bad/ just not immunity to touch/ but if it helps then why deny/ we'll be out, if we comply

quinn s
Marana

Dear vaccine...

The air last year was so very clean But now I am staring at a screen What went so wrong I ask Smile covered by mask Covid-19, meet my friend vaccine

Blake Z
Marana

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine… I want you to know that we´re glad you´re here Weather some of us like you or not At least we know we´re near We can see the light of day that´s brand new And the end of the endless summer Far away from the things we used to do But now closer to normal than ever before If the path is set in stone We can get to the other side of the door And free us from the ones who keep it this way Because you have the potential to help everyone Out of this dark place and in the sunlight to play So is this too good to be true? I hope not The good old days are almost within reach And I'm glad you will be around for the lot People of all kinds and the future, which is fine And it's just a short walk down the street So I guess I call first in line

Ben D.
Marana

Vaccine, please...

treat us as gently as you can / I know you have a big job ahead of you / your impact braces my muscle / and as the ache subsides / I allow myself to turn / towards the door out from where I will talk / meet my friend / and hug her.


Manassas, Virginia

We liked / being able...

not be afraid

Mom
Birmingham, Alabama

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine/Kulañ, ṣa: ‘ap a’i masma: We meet you and shake your hand in greeting. / It has been some time since we shook anyone’s hand. / S-ap ‘ac t-ta:tc ia m-ñei. / We are happy to see you. / Hekihu amjeḍ ‘ac ‘ia m-ñenḍa. / We have been waiting for your arrival for some time. / Your journey is done you will now rest in our bodies. / Like other healers before you / you will be there when we need you. / The tale of your journey will be held in our collective stories. / We will retell it next year when we acknowledge the death anniversaries / of our relatives and friends and all those who tried to fight the enemy alone. / We will tell of the battles you fought on your journey / the battles against non-believers and conspiracy theorists. / You will be known as a hero, a slayer of enemies. / And like so many others before you / you will be known by many names.

Ofelia Zepeda
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, I hope your well for us fill our streets with people instead of dust human connection with strangers is a must. this is why in science I trust.

Thomas M.
Marana, AZ

Dear vaccine...

You have lifted our spirits in this bleak time. We walk a little taller. Our smiles peek above our masks. And we breathe.

Laura Rocco
New Smyrna Beach

Dear vaccine...

Help us to care for others as we would have them care for us.

Janet McHaley Burns
Colorado Springs, CO

We liked / being able...

We wanted to keep making them better

Muffy Young
Waltham, MA

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please give me back my mother / who ate opioid, opioid, opioid / and yarrow / and said into a telephone / selfish, selfish, selfish / to want her in the hours after surgery / to want her in the hours after my child was cut from me / to want her to hold me skin to skin when my sutures abscessed. / Vaccine, please: / I haven't had touch in eight months. / Only my child / my shoulder / my breast. / No one has held him. / No one wanted the risk / or wanted what might find me in an operating room. / No one wanted me more than an end to pain. / Only my child / my shoulder / my breast. / Only a closed circuit or a closed mouth.

Kelly D
CO

Dear vaccine...

Circle Circle Dot Dot did not prepare us for this./ You are the gift of sanity and hope.

Danielle
Akron, OH

It's the...

it’s the first star in the darkling sky/ pinpoint brightness soon lost/ in the torrent of scattered diamonds/ visible only when the sun is gone/ we had to lose light to find lights

Ariel Boswell
Rochester, MN

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, please restore the world to us so we can go to the lands we are yearning to see for the first time and those we would return was lost friends. Let me return to the land of my ancestors to visit relatives, and see the sights that stir my heart. Let me return my parents to the land of their birth

Lee Downes
Sydney Australia

It's the...

It’s the voice , I heard in the dream Listen to the leader And follow his way. Don’t be left out Or scared to change. Don’t be afraid but be brave . Don’t go the wrong way but listen to the dream . This new leader is the new science So go now and be healed .

Sarah May
Palm beach gardens , Florida

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, We took so many things for granted and just kept on keeping on until we STOPPED. The world stood still watching the Covid devastation. And we saw how broken so many part of our system had been. Now you have given us hope for a new world. One that moves forward but let us not forget to fix the broken parts just as you are fixing us to fight the virus.

Barrie Mason
Excelsior Springs, MO

We liked / being able...

We liked sitting in a theater as part of an audience that laughed and cried together. We liked attending concerts and plays and church services and weddings. We liked spending Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners around overcrowded tables with our families.

Karen Stockwell
Chicago, IL

Vaccine, please...

Ensure that my good health continues + to be sure I'm not passing on the virus (in the event I did not show any symptoms)

Linda Koester
Green Valley, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, I'm a music producer so I am better at producing than writing, but thanks for letting me produce more music.

JoJo Hölzel
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

You are hope. You are joy. You make it possible to hug again, travel again, and feel relief. Thank you.

Anna
Tucson, AZ

We liked / being able...

knowing we are safer

Derrell Tate + Theodora Jackson
Tucson, AZ

It's the...

Hope that it will end the virus + especially help those in nursing homes + assisted living centers + their families

Gonzo Mata
Green Valley, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, / you are a pointy oxymoron: / you break the skin to heal the body, / kill an illness to save the world, / you are the contradiction and the solution.

Muna Agwa
Cleveland, Ohio

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please be 100% affective for the weak We didn’t ask for this virus to take the lives of innocent people We just want to go back to our normal lives

Lucille Searcy
Tucson, Arizona

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to go to grocery stores, coffee shops and libraries without fear of catching a killer virus ... we enjoyed supporting our local arts organizations by attending original plays and productions ... and we never dreamed that in our lifetimes, we would need to wear masks for the sake of everyone's health and safety ...

Victoria Colette
Tucson, AZ

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to / sip our coffees in the store / while we lingered and browsed. / Now my mother and I chug lattes / in the car before entering through doors, / vanilla and soy breaths / coating the inside of KN95s.

Nina Palattella
Erie, PA

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please, respond to our desperate pleads./ Whether it be day or night./ please let us live without fright./ Though some people may not be willing./ The thought of meeting others again is oh so thrilling./ Oh vaccine a plead to you./ Please oh please, save us soon.

your answer here...
your answer here...

Dear vaccine...

While the world awaited you, / I got a new diagnosis… / Strangely, that’s when I began / to long for you. To hope – / to appreciate the possibility / of your invention: a vaccine / that could slow or even stop / the reaper’s grim march / across the globe. A vaccine / that could protect us / from the virus, and allow us / to reclaim behaviors lost. / Hope of returning to a life / I once took for granted. / Dear vaccine, / You became my beacon – / I longed for you. / Something to aspire to - / Like an athlete, I would train / my body to endure, my mind / to resist, my heart to believe – / rather than give up on you. / You promised the world, / all the things I missed: / travel, hugs, restaurants, friends, / beaches, concerts, crowded streets, / and most of all, dear vaccine: theatre. / Only you could bring it back, / dear vaccine. / You were worth waiting for, / like a long-lost lover. You / were worth enduring – / and I did…Those days / I struggled through, just to be / sure I could receive you, dear vaccine. / And now you are inside me. / You went in smooth, easy, / invisible as an act of faith – / like magic, sailing through / my veins, dancing with my / cells, battling and instructing / me to fight the novel virus. / Teach well, dear vaccine. / Let me be a good student. / Let me learn your secrets. / Let me be hospitable to / the messenger, and heed / the message well. / May we be grateful. / May we remember. / May we learn and grow / stronger, togehter. May we all be / free, someday soon, / dear vaccine.

Andrea Assaf
Tampa, FL

Dear vaccine...

please know that

I will keep my practice of biking up that sometimes deserted road where silence and slowness of years gone by will always live.
San Antonio, TX

It's the...

it's the thing in-between brushed elbows in clubs shared tables at udupis you and your wanderbug squeezed in bus seats cricket matches in the complex and bhelwalas in the street it's the thing in-between you and what you want that thing in-between is called a vaccine.

@mostlyricha (IG/ Twitter)
India

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine Please, we've had enough, but has mother nature accepted us back? vaccine please we, as people are ready to reconnect, but do we deserve it? Vaccine please, give us old souls a break, we know what it's like to suffer hardship just as mother nature has endured. Vaccine please, show us the way to humility and peace. Vaccine please help us to work with mother nature as she spills herself in the trees, wind and waves. Help us to grow with her so that elements are even and viruses will soon diminish. Vaccine please, help us become better people

Anna Worthen
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, I’m afraid that you won’t be / enough. We hope for a world where we don’t / have to be afraid. Are you the answer? / I’ve heard people say there are new strains in / the UK, all over the world. Will we / be vigilant enough and strong enough / to hold on, even when the world tells us / that we are in the clear? Stop lying to / us. We can’t go back to society / as we knew it until we know all the / variants have been eradicated. / Dear Vaccine, if you are sentient and / can hear my voice, listen to my plea. Help / people see that you may not be enough, / that we might need a lot more patience than / we originally bargained for. Please / reassure us that this will be over / soon. We are battered and broken, bleeding / out our emotional pain to a house / that can’t hold more than ten people. We miss / the way we used to walk, like the random / person next to us on the street and in / the store is someone just like us, someone / we could come to understand. Help us to / find the good in people again, to stop / blaming each other for the things that we / cannot control. I was never the sort / of person who loved to spend time amongst / crowds, but I still miss the world. I even / miss the people that hated me, because / even they were something I could count on / to be there every day. I wish you could / give us something that will soothe our sorrows. / Dear Vaccine, I hope that you’ll be enough.


Dear vaccine...

Can you vaccinate us not just against Covid but against the anxiety it created? Can you vaccinate us against overly cautious government entities that can't even tell people alone outside they're safe without a mask? Can you vaccinate us against baseless fear that keeps our friends still isolating even though we're vaccinated and our risk of serious health effects or death is about equal to that of getting the flu? Can you vaccinate us against pointless mask-wearing-virtue-signaling by the fully vaccinated? Can you vaccinate us against the vitriol of the vaccinate / anti-vaccine crowds that's dividing our families, friends and country?

Lindsey Parsons
Tucson, AZ

We liked / being able...

To stop strangers just to shake their hands

NSY
New York

Dear vaccine...

Please do as much good as you are supposed to. / Please heal the world of all this disease and death. / I know it's a lot to ask. / But we are counting on you.

Janel Galnares
Tucson, Arizona

Vaccine, please...

put needle in skin/ let vaccine seep in/ ... no withholding food or medicine/ no poisoning by North Americans/ ... biased malpractice still exists/ but we are no longer their experiments/ ... sarah baartmen/ henrietta lacks/ ... we can trust a vaccine/ designed by a woman who is Black/ ... but what about our first nation’s/ ghosts of racists' past/ ... turning their ugly head/ when we ask/ ... about aboriginal children/ made government lab rats/ ... can’t go from to sea to sea/ to the great white north/ ... study unethical, tuskegee/ ward of state, custody/ ... north star ain’t set us free/ can’t stand in solidarity/ ... racism is a virus with no cure/ a vaccine will help us endure/ ... racism is a virus with no cure/ a vaccine will help us endure/

Charles Payne
Madison, WI

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, Liberator of liberators! You are the Bolívar of now, You are the uniter of all… Who wish to be united in One United States.

Richard S. Pressman
San Antonio, Texas

Vaccine, please...

make yourself irresistible to even those who oppose you . . . your kind and graceful gift to return our lives to us even when we act haughty and naughty.

DMari
Texas

Dear vaccine...

remind us what the brush of an elbow/ feels like without fear/ help us sing again in crowded living rooms,/ utter the words "why don't you come in for a cup of tea?"

Emilie Lygren
San Rafael, CA

Dear vaccine...

Thank you for saving summer. Last summer was kind of bad because everything was shut down, and I had to cancel plans.


Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine/ I am grateful /to be liberated/ to hug my children and grandchildren/ to visit with my friends/ to travel with confidence/ to encourage others to take the vaccine/ I am grateful to have hope in the future again.

Kate
Mesa AZ

Dear vaccine...

I, a camel, trying to fit / Through the eye of your needle // Six feet apart in the three foot checkout line // I, a deflated beach ball, trying to gasp / For your pricking air // Masks in the blazing heat // I, a cactus, trying to bloom / Through your stinging briars // The static of a pixelated zoom call // I, a caravan, trying to migrate / Out of your feverish venom // Room changes every thirty minutes // I, a lizard, trying to shed / Your plastered bandage // The stench of sanitization // When I was little, / I cried to get a shot // You, an oasis of happy tears, trying to quench / Our parched hopes // But we do hope // Most desperately

Alena M.
OH

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine/ you've arrived to shield us, help us, protect us/ calm our minds and put us at ease

anonymous
tucson, arizona

Dear vaccine...

You are enemy in doses I can master And thus I am involved in all that I survey The good, the bad, in black and white, And I become the all of us. In gratitude My vaccine force.

Ron Pullins
Tucson

Dear vaccine...

dear vaccine the people may think your mean but i know what i haven't seen, freedom, family and love for and from people we haven't been able to seen a while cant wait to see the smiles

francisco valenzuela from Tucson AZ
TUCSON AZ

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, COVID messed up our plans It's been what feels like years since it felt normal. Save us from the madness.


Tucson, AZ

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please save the people in the world who are dying/ Grannies are biting the dust something must be done .


Vaccine, please...

Fix our mistakes / Fix our terrible decisions / Fix the days we thought / "It's not a big deal" / Drain the flood / The flood of cases / Of people lost / Those drowning in sorrow / Fix it with hope / With your tools / In the form of syringes / In the form of vials / Vaccine, please / Please repair our broken hearts

Sonia T.
Arizona, United States

Dear vaccine...

What has this world become?/ Without you this world will crack/ under the black, swirling dust of/ pain. So please, free us./ We are relying on you./ Press the undo button./ You alone have the power/ to erase Covid-19./ Let us go back to normal, whatever that may be./Free the world./ You have/ one /chance to give people/ courage./ You are the light,/ the hope/, and our chance.

Simran
Tucson, Arizona

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please… Give us back the luxury of complaining about school/ Give us back faking sick/ Give us back procrastinating homework/ Give us back these luxuries/ Give us back asking for a day off/ Give us back these things/ We took for granted/ Will you teach us not to be vain?/ Will you release us from this pain?/

Molly K
Southern Arizona, Earth

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine please protect those I love, my family, my friends, my community, my world. / Dear vaccine please protect me so that I may return to all I love with open arms and a grateful heart.

Chrystal Shook
Kent, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, can I trust you?

lexy
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Dear vaccine...

We didn't know this was possible. We didn't think it could take long to go away. Then we didn't know how to redesign our days and jobs and families... Then we figured out how to do our best during the worst... I am happy you arrived Moderna.. I began to breathe the first time we met... Our second date was a release... I am 71 and I cried when my son and grandsons met you, too... I danced in the street when my neighbors all were protected by you... I am sorry for families that have lost so much... And thankful for you.

Joanne Smallwood
The Villages, FL

It's the...

It's the bee's knees, / second dose please / at the U of A / I came full circle today, / was staff and a student, / getting vaccinated is prudent, / I am as thankful as can be, / my alma mater is here for me, / to protect me and many others, / being responsible because their 'druthers, / are to protect themselves, / and other people's health, / so thank you so much for your dedication, / to providing Covid-19 vaccination.

Dawn G. Porfirio-Milton
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Give us this day, for everyone and all to receive this vaccine. So that we may love, laugh, and live once more. Today, tomorrow, and everyday.

Frances Moran
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Let us be free and happy, Not sad and enclosed. Let the children play In the crisp green grass Let us enjoy life with family and friends But at the same time, save us Take care of us Let us be free and happy

Javier

We liked / being able...

Being able to hug someone I just met

Claire Elizabeth Weihe
Kent, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine relieve the pain... Give us peace of mind and a new aim

Jessica
Dallas, TX

It's the...

collective hope that we all need, in these trying times

denise fourie
san luis obispo, CA

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine and the People and Scientists who made you possible. I am grateful for you. Thank you that more people may live than die, that families may stay together, that we may travel and hold friends and family again. Dear Vaccine and the People and Scientists who made you possible, thank you for being a healer and making civilization possible. Dear Vaccine you are so civilized in a world where we may have forgotten to be civilized, kind to care for our fellow beings and world and earth. Dear Vaccine, a bit scary and unknown, brand new in our jungles of blood and lymph, pulsing in the electricity of our nervous systems, a necessity to our lungs for their survival, oh, to be able to taste, to smell, to touch, to love, at a table to be open a bottle of wine and spill it with friends and meet all the new friends I met on Zoom, oh, to be able to smell and touch and feel beyond the computer screen without the fearful past reality of death of ourselves and those we love and hold most dearly, Thank you to the Vaccine, and all the People and Scientists who made this possible.

Roberta W. H.
Massachusetts

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, we need to sing again. Together. In harmony and polyphony and chorus and a capella. We need to fill an acoustic space that blends and smooths our sounds and textures and consonants. We can’t hear ourselves when singing alone, into a device, with headphones. When we can’t hear, we can’t be proud of what we’ve sung. Dear vaccine, let us come together and use our heats and breaths and cords to make something beautiful and powerful.


Allston MA

We liked / being able...

To ride the Pacific Surfliner train to Southern California and stare out the window hoping to see whale spouts in the distance.

Susan Hoffman
San Luis Obispo, CA

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, save us from the madness/ it’s been so long since we’ve felt free/ so many people passing it’s hard not to wonder if the next will be me


Tucson, Arizona

Dear vaccine...

DEAR VACCINE, fear came first, then cancellations: no classes, no sports, no proms, no crowded graduations. We took to wearing masks and staying socially distanced. Grandparents had to tell children they could not come. We grew numb. Among our losses were smiles once exchanged freely with strangers, casual workplace conversations, dinners with loved ones or friends, holy days, and civic celebrations. The worst was the loss of breath, untold suffering and death —until you came onto the scene, dear vaccine, hope encoded in small vials. We, your grateful recipients, give thanks for researchers, labs, and trials. With a prick, your messaging charms enter our willing arms, giving us back our courage, companions, and smiles.

Angier Brock
Yorktown, VA

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to see our smiles: crooked ones, big ones, mischievous ones, welcoming ones

Trina Wesley
Hartland, Wisconsin

Vaccine, please...

transform your polite passivity/ get an attitude/ trial and error like a hungry mosquito

Tommy
Mississippi

Vaccine, please...

Restore the sound of fellowship and laughter in the churches.

Janet
Texas

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please allow us to move forward but never forget what the pandemic taught us—if our worldwide shutdown taught me anything, it's to life boldly in my faith; be a better steward of my time, energy, and resources; and to always say I love you, say yes to opportunities, and say thank you.

Emily Sherry
San Antonio, TX

It's the...

Its the beginning of the end , the self pleasure , the temporary feeling . a sweet pinch like a sweet kiss.

Ianna Gamez
tucson arizona

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, You have given me hope. Something I hadn't felt in a while. And while you were growing in safe confinement from the world, I was thankful for the lessons you brought. You taught me that life is too short to be shy or to take opportunities for granted. As the last prick of the needle tickled my arm, and as the frontline worker kindly smiled and as I took a breath of fresh air, HOPE filled my lungs, and laughter and a smile so big it hurt my cheeks. Relief. Happiness. Love. Thank You Vaccine!!!

Marley
CLE, OH

Vaccine, please...

I just hope it gets things back to normal.

Alan H. Hyde
Ravenna, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

Roses are red. / Violets blue. / Glad I got shot / to combat you!!

Lorrie Atkinson
Mantua, Ohio

We liked / being able...

For life to get back to normal with friends and family, for maybe a healthier life, for the world to be a safer place to live in.

Sandra K. Templeton
Rootstown, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

Hey Vaccine, you are the single warrior against this virus. You represent all good, bad, young, and old in all the world. I can only hope you feel and accept the importance of your work. This world is counting on you! Normalcy is our request!

Dianna Bassett
Mantua, Ohio

It's the...

It is the memories we will amaze our children and grandchildren with. A global common enemy forced us all to dwell on the unseeable. A vaccine gave us hope, but our lives were never the same again, and we have stories.

Brena Mercer
Tucson, Arizona

It's the...

It's the secret recipe for all...it's the way to keep others safe....it's the way to turn life back around.....To be with family and friends again...all lives were turned upside down...but with the vaccine we can make a change... Soon we will all have better and normal days.

Angelina Corral
Tucson Arizona

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please, don't fail...Being alone makes me want to wail...6 feet spacing gets places a 1 star rating...One day if we may...see one another...someday.

A.P.
Tucson, Arizona

It's the...

hope towards some kind of normalcy in the world, that we've all been longing for.

A.G.
Tucson AZ

We liked / being able...

To hug and share laughs with family and good friends.


Tucson

Dear vaccine...

As I stand on my dot and wait in the long queue, I reflect on a mixture of emotions I have waited for this moment, since last year’s Spring of woe The SPACE between US is feeling so cold As the needle plunges into my skin I am thankful for the elegant science that awakens my immune system I look forward to those crowed city sidewalks where I can people watch - that one is a spy, these two are in love, that girl is wearing her pajamas; when did that become normal? The SPACE between US is so old It’s not over but it’s the start of it being over and I feel that I am doing my part I want us to shed our masks, so we can see each other smile but we need some more time I know that things will not go back to normal right away, there is a space of trust between us The SPACE between US must fold While I score the last ripe avocado, I will patiently dance with you in the supermarket, as we try to keep our distance Take the plunge, so we can see each other in the crowd, hug, share smiles and think nothing of it The SPACE between US shall close The space between us is feeling so cold The space between us is so old The space between us must fold Take the PLUNGE, the SPACE between US shall close (www.LinkWink.org)

Wink
West Chester PA

It's the...

It’s the air in our lungs as we breathe deeply / Exhaling songs not sung for a year or more  / We liked how singing brought us together then... / Standing side by side, making a difference in this life  / Being able to out the music from within us / Chorused in lyrical or angular melodies, rhythms blurred or bold / Vaccine, please remove our masks, discard them, / Masks not only muting our poems, our lyrics, choking our breath / But also veiling beautiful, feeling faces / Yes, eyes have smiled and anguished, too / We are the choir of voices, dear vaccine, / I, the conductor, wish to hear and see their poetry

Scott M
Kent, OH

It's the...

Fact that this mask cannot come off and allow me to view these faces, faces of friends and family as they stand right beside me. Faces of strangers I wonder upon. Once I know the shape of his chin I’ll know this pandemic has hidden it’s foul grin.

Liam Reis
Cincinnati, OH

It's the...

Hope for a return to normalcy along with health and safety for all.

Mark Borchony
Dubois, PA

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, what the hell? You made my feet swell and my breath smell. But it's all good. I feel well.

Andrew Lepp
Kent, Ohio

It's the...

It's the unfolding good, hugs, touch, faces, laugh, smiles, play, places, together, join, sing, gather, dance, joy.

Jill
Kent, Ohio

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to hug one another and argue and run and pet the pets of strangers, oh vaccine.

Sarah
Cleveland

Dear vaccine...

A brighter future with sports, traveling, and family.

Jenna
Yorktown Heights, New York

Dear vaccine...

Thank you for bringing us together in so many new ways. You brought me to my university stadium for the first time, where we all look like heroes to me - changing our world to the soundtrack of "Get Down on It" playing overhead.

Sara
Stow, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

I'm just hoping everything can get back to normal soon and people can be safe.

Claudia
Madrid

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please make the "United" part in the name of this country mean something!

Blessing Mupinga
Kent, Ohio

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, PLEASE, make everything not so, grungy anymore. Sars-Cov-2 is indestructible, and we Want It Gone. But, somehow, even though 22% of the US is vaccinated, it is Still Alive. We want you to fix us, somewhat, and try as hard as you can to save everyone! And for the people that can't afford you, sneak out and give it to them yourself!

Orion M. Vogiatzis, age Nearly 12, Circa 3:19 P.M. 4-20-2021
Tucson, Arizona, Of The Gregory School, Via The Office Of Anna Cain

Dear vaccine...

I hope you’ll bring us to a time where we will chuckle every time we see a mask underneath our bed / I hope you’ll bring us to a time where we joke about the ladies who were fighting over toilet paper / I hope you bring us to a time where wearing a mask is considered vintage / I hope you’ll bring us to a time when we laugh when our children think it’s awesome that we didn’t have to go to school for a year / I hope you bring us to a time where wearing a mask is a fashion statement / I hope you bring us to a time where our covid experience appear in our kids’ history textbooks / I hope you bring us to a time where wearing a mask is a Halloween costume / I hope you’ll bring us to a time where zoom is just a past memory / I hope you bring us to a time where this is over.

Cami F.
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Bring us back to early 2020 when everyone's lives were different where many plans for people's futures got destroyed and loved ones lives got taken away. Please be good to us and help us get through this storm as soon as possible.

A.R.
Tucson, Arizona

It's the...

Freedom that lets us free. / The motivation that keeps us going. / The community that helps us through. / The friends that keep you company. / The life that gives us purpose. / And now it’s you that keeps us safe.

K e v i n
Tucson maybe

Dear vaccine...

Vaccine get your ass down here/ I’m done with all the stupid covid commercial/ and if one more person tells me how to wear a mask I’ll throw something at someone/ I’m so done with this BS and just want to go back to normal/ Sorry this poem isn’t as sweet and sad but I just need to express myself properly/ I’m sick and tired of this year and just need it to be done/ So vaccine, get your ass down here and stop this chaos.

I'm in Spain but the 'S' is silent
Tucson, AZ

We liked / being able...

We Liked Being Able To go to restaurants, and live theater. They really made us embrace life. We like going to the movies and hogging all the popcorn until you have a brain implosion. We liked YELLING at the top of our lungs outside on the top of a jungle gym.

Orion M. Vogiatzis, Of TGS, Circa 4-20-2021
TUCSON, ARIZONA

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine “He’s not busy being born, he is busy dying.” “We have given him many hearts but he wanted our soul... and right now... no one is free... even the birds are chained to the sky… Sign on the porch says… three's a crowd… A hero is someone who understands their responsibility that comes with his freedom... that is you… “There is NOTHING as stable as change”... and you are giving us this stability… You are giving us the hope that… “Yesterday is just a memory… and tomorrow is never what it’s supposed to be…” You have given me hope that life will go back to normal…You have given me hope that we can have a life without this chaos.... Thank you… because you are giving everybody not just me… the hope that we can survive this nightmare…and get through this rollercoaster ride...

Eliot NM, (Bob dylan lyrics)

Dear vaccine...

Please give us our lives back / I was supposed to have fun when I turned 13 not staying 6 feet away from my friends / I want to be able to hug and hang with them again / so please vaccine / save us

Someone you know
Tucson, Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Tomorrow… When we see the faces of those… That have been hidden… For so long… We’ll think of the time… When we carried masks around… If we so much as went outside… We will never forget what has happened… During this lonesome… Misery inducing… Stupid… Pandemic

Chrissy Clearwater
Tucson, AZ

Vaccine, please...

Help us. / Help us get through these rough times. / Help the people who want to do their jobs. / Help the ones in need. / Take us seriously. / Give us a drop of hope. / Hope of getting through this plague. / Hope of going back to normal. / Let us return to our state of peace.

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Tucson Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, Once upon a time… We sat together… And though nothing of it… We laughed at the joke… That we’d made… When we went to school… Everyday… Now we look with envy… Back at the times… When we sat… And joked… And laughed… Together

Chrissy Clearwater
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

You sweep upon us like a savior from the stars… You bring the promise of a better life… You say you’re here to help… Are you?… I ask you this… With the hope of billions… Will you fix all that has been broken… Or are you simply a blessing in disguise?…

Chrissy Clearwater
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

You're making us feel hopeful again in these dark times.

Anonymous
Place

Vaccine, please...

dear vaccince please save us from this covid 19 im preety sure it will do all of us a favor

Noeflores
sandigeo

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, Lift us out of darkness, into sunlight and hope. Lift us out of fear of illness, of loss. Lift us so mourning and grief don’t defeat us. Lift us from isolation, the habit of staying home difficult to break, like butterflies venturing out in spring, skittish around humans. Lift us out of separation, from suspicion of neighbors, strangers; inspire us to share a drink, a bite, with family, friends. Lift us into dreams as we imagine our futures. Inspire our creativity--art, poetry, music, theater, film-- sustaining us, reaching us where we are, at home. Lift us from hatred, xenophobia, ignorance, inability to discern fact from fiction, truth from lies that fuel separation from those we call other. Lifting us to trust in nature, in the cycles of birds that return each spring-- robins reaching for worms blue birds gracing feeders flaunting blue feather tones, Lift us into kindness; lift us into love, into hope for unity, dear Vaccine, lift us into gratitude as you deliver us to treetops of freedom.

Cathy Hailey
Manassas, Virginia

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine Bring us back to 2018 When all our worries were yet to come Crying for help now Never imagined We had so many plans Destroyed by the light you created To believe you could have done better The job to cure faster The danger has got us scattered Let us help you understand how hurt we are Were not a joke We are desperate for your help Please Restore our lives in which they came

Kaylee H
Tucson, Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine,/ Every day is monotony,/ Every day is grey,/ I look at the statistics,/ Up,/ Up,/ Up,/ Every number,/ Every digit,/ Every pixel on a screen,/ Counts as a person lost,/ A family hurt,/ An empty seat./ Dear Vaccine,/ Please,/ Help us through this terrible time.

Clara A.
Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Today your online portal surprised me with the message "book your appointment now". A wave of relief passed through my body, followed by this thought "maybe I can hold my new grandbaby Wyatt again soon"./I've been waiting around the edge of the vaccine dance floor for quite a while. Arms aching for the chance to hold him. /Thank you for asking me to dance!

Laura Wood
Owen Sound, ON (Canada)

Dear vaccine...

You have given us the hope we all needed in this time of crisis… I thank you for making this world safe once more... With the freedom that comes after a second prick... Six feet apart I will see my friends once more... This past year has seemed all the same but things have truly started to change.

Ms. A. Kim
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccination jab You will make it so I can have fun. This will be a pain full time but I will get to play soccer.

S. B. Farst
The Us

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine Bring us back to 2018 When all our worries were yet to come Crying for help now Never imagined We had so many plans Destroyed by the light you created To believe you could have done better The job to cure faster The danger has got us scattered Let us help you understand how hurt we are Were not a joke We are desperate for your help Please Restore our lives in which they came

KAYLEE H
Southern,Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine,/ Every day is monotony,/ Every day is grey,/ I look at the statistics,/ Up,/ Up,/ Up,/ Every number,/ Every digit,/ Every pixel on a screen,/ Counts as a person lost,/ A family hurt,/ An empty seat./ Dear Vaccine,/ Please,/ Help us through this terrible time./

Clara A.
Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine Help our world get back to normal Help us get stronger Bring our community together/ You are the encouraging words that will help us to stop hiding behind our mask’s/ You are the friend that will bring us out when we don’t know where to go/ Dear vaccine help humanity

Braden Lockaby
Tucson Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine / You took forever, but you’re finally here. / With America 22% vaccinated, you’re doing your job. / And sure, you might hurt, but what’s worse, getting Covid or getting a shot. / You took your time, and we are ready for you.

e
Tucson, AZ

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to breathe air freely Without the hindrance of a mask We were able to leave the house To see the world more often than we appreciated We could touch each other once We could hug and kiss and hold hands We liked seeing each other without a space between us The space only six feet, but it seems so long How much more time until I can live my life again?

ZS
Tucson, AZ

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please… Give us back the luxury of complaining about school/ Give us back faking sick/ Give us back procrastinating homework/ Give us back these luxuries/ Give us back asking for a day off/ Give us back these things/ We took for granted/ Will you teach us not to be vain?/ Will you release us from this pain?/ Please vaccine...

Madam M. Klump
Southern AZ

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine I want to get a shot for the first time in my life so I can go skiing and not have to wear a mask everywhere I go. I will be able to pet almost every dog I come across. I will finally be able to clear my throat in public.

-Hit the dislike button. 13
In your house

Vaccine, please...

Hurry up. / I´m sick of being careful, / And these masks are just the worst. / Many people already have you, / Why can't we? / I haven't flown for over a year. / Many of my friends can´t handle it. / Just come out already, / For us, / Future workers. / So we can live and breathe again.

Eli
Tucson Arizona

It's the...

It’s the It’s the solution to a problem. The key to the door of freedom. The answer to a new equation.

Doe a dear a female dear a ray a golden drop of sun
Right be hind you

Vaccine, please...

Give me back the things I love/ The delicious restaurant smells/ Hanging out inside instead of out/ Going out to the movies to eat popcorn when surrounded by people I don't know/ Vaccine please/ give us back these small important things.

Me, Myself, and I
Here

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccination jab. You will make it so I can have fun. This will be a pain full but I will get to play soccer.

Me
My grade/my location

Dear vaccine...

I miss the things / I used to do / Like hugging / Like seeing my friend’s faces / Like going to restaurants /Like breathing freely / Thank you for / Bringing us hope/ Bringing us tears of joy / Bringing us closer to a better future / Thank you

AL
Tucson, Arizona

Dear vaccine...

I hear you’re coming soon, / To help us through this hardship / That we have all been through / Vaccine, / I hope you’ll understand, / We have not been all responsible / in handling this cause, / But please, I ask you to help us, / for as of now we all are lost / I’d be grateful if you’d consider / to help us with the great loss / We all have suffered, / in some way or another / Vaccine please help us through

Ms. J. Loutfy
Southern Arizona

It's the...

anxiety that is risen up in ourselves/ the wishing things were normal, so we could share times with friends and family. / the desperate needs of hugs from everyone that we love, but that’s not allowed anymore. / i tell my family to not cry anymore / soon with the vaccine available / things will be more playable / and we’ll get back to normal with our friends and family/ but for now keep getting the vaccine and keep masking up / do your part and it will change even faster.

DeBrandi Valenzuela
Tucson, Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Can you make this nightmare end


Dear vaccine...

Thank you for bringing us hope for a normalcy we can all LIVE with.

Ms. Devereux
Tucson, Arizona

We liked / being able...

Those who knew Spanish Flu's devastation / Would be grateful for inoculation, / So good patriots, please / Let's prevent more disease / By uniting as one vacci-nation.

Nancy
Mundelein, IL

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, you are the peg I hang my hopes on. Your job is to make singing in a choir safe again.


Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, you've touched / with magical protective fingers / all my elders and betters. / Like a fairy godmother. / Touch me too, and all my peers and friends.

Lee

It's the...

It's the little things, ...To our senses lost, ...A hug, A touch, A kiss... The smell of perfume with an embrace hello,... those little things we miss... If to vaccinate ...could spell a return... to those days we now hold dear, ...then " Onward ho "... with heads held high,... without prejudice ort fear.

Keith R. Mansfield
Tucson, Arizona

It's the...

It's the hope we've waited for. But can we find a path out of this before it's too late? The teens are anxious; fighting every day for our rights; But we're waiting, waiting for the day that we can hug each other without repercussions.

Archer
Cleveland, OH

Dear vaccine...

You are magic/I go into stores now/Protected by your invisible hand/Please work.


CA

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to visit our friends and family: face to face and hugs when we parted.

LJ
Tucson, AZ

Vaccine, please...

Dear Vaccine, you come/ in your fancy names: Pfizer,/ Moderna, Astrazeneca,/ Johnson & Johnson (some-/ times the names are not/ so fancy). Somewhere/ as you read this, a man/ or woman is dreaming/ in their dream laboratory/ of saving the world/ from ourselves, and our/ brilliant and complicated/ ways. It's an experiment,/ the simple task of going/ about our days, practicing/ gratitude. Praise the science/ and joy in becoming/ what we were: something/ old, familiar, and new.

Ken Waldman
Anchorage, AK

Dear vaccine...

On a sunny spring morning we snake / The car through shaded canopies; my friend / Answers all the cheery volunteers’ / Questions. / At last, after months of empty / Streets and broken hearts, she rolls up / Her sleeve and / “Aaaah!” she cries and flinches when / The jab jolts her shoulder. Good thing She followed orders: “Put the car in park / And turn ignition off.” Otherwise, / She could have kicked the pedal through the floor / And torpedoed us into the Navy vet’s Gleaming Cadi trunk. / Instead, she caught / Her breath and inched her way to a quiet Stop / beneath the green-bark branches singing / Out their lemon-lucent spring song / Of sunlight.

Dave Denny
Tucson, Arizona

Dear vaccine...

While my eccentric neighbor / Walks around in his underwear / With his door open, / Proclaiming his immunity / Without the vaccine, / I drive cross town to the TMC / And marvel at the tents, / The lines of cars, / The generous volunteers, / Then Ouch! / The second Moderna really hurts, / And I rejoice / Over true immunity / But not impunity. /

Tessa Bielecki
Tucson, Arizona

Vaccine, please...

bring our community physically together again


Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine .. we all hope for you too help us get our fun back in return , to take off masks to which we underneath smile to others , we miss being able to smile at the cashier while were being told to have a good day .. we miss being able go into stores with friends without being told to have a mask on while in the store , we miss being around each other and having the biggest smiles with know we have nothing to worry about in the moment.

Emily M.

Dear vaccine...

thank you for letting me travel normally again, letting me go to baseball games hearing the crowd cheering for there teams, having all the fears and funs again. Letting me see family who I havent seen over a year.

Destiny VIeyra
san diego CA

Dear vaccine...

I need you to envelope me and everyone on this planet like a warm blanket on a chilly night. Like buttery pancakes on a good morning start. Like a welcoming hug when you haven't seen a family member in a while.

Emily Garcia
San Diego

Dear vaccine...

Thank you for doing everything to help us stay safe from this virus even though it's a small amount of help it's still something that we needed thank you from Alexis Baza


It's the...

The Business that shut down. The hard work people did. Just for It to vanish. Bring back the small business that once was a thing but now....Is nothing.

Raamses
San Diego

Vaccine, please...

inoculate us with hope and compassion so that we all may live harmoniously in this, our one shared world.


We liked / being able...

Making memories with friends we haven't seen in months.

JDK
Tucson, AZ

It's the...

How long it’s been since I held Your hand in mine since I touched The softness of your cheek. And sensed the warmth of your presence. How much longer will it be Until I can board the 24+ hours of flights to land in Kolkata? Until I look out to the people on the street from my mother’s veranda and know for certain that nobody will be dying of COVID today?

NB
Tempe, AZ

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please bring us the freedom to be safe again

Grace

Dear vaccine...

I am grateful that you are giving us the ability to give hugs

Heidi

It's the...

beauty of chaos sent from one to all from this earth rooted virus, that rains and pours every one of us to our grounds, bringing us to a new unison, moving forward, six feet apart


Tucson, Arizona

Dear vaccine...

I wish kids could have their vaccine...so we wouldn’t have to wear masks...and give hugs.

Amelia, age 7
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Thank you vaccine for being available to me. I hope you are available for the millions of others in the world.


It's the...

Ring around the COVID A syringe full of vaccine Masks! Masks! We all heed Doctor Fauci

Katherine Jones
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

I need you to envelope me and everyone on this planet like a warm blanket on a chilly night. Like buttery pancakes on a good morning start. Like a welcoming hug after not seeing a family member for a while.


Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, make this pariahood cease/and see that this intangible time ends/O let us touch one another again./ Do all you can to stop pandemic disease/and let me go hug my friends/Dear Vaccine, make this pariahood cease./ May you serve to put us more at ease/ for those who must make amends/O let us touch one another again, please./ I beg, I pray, I'm down on my knees/see that corona no longer attends/Dear Vaccine, may this pariahood cease./ The kisses, the embraces, let them increase/the isolation has been rather intense/O let us touch one another again please./ We look to you now to bring us some peace/to calm fears and end the suspense/Dear Vaccine, may the pariahood cease/O let us touch one another again, please./ Susan Abbott "Vaccine Villanelle"

Susan Abbott
Joshua Tree, CA

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine...thank you for giving me freedom again. Freedom to go out. Freedom to hug. Freedom to pray together. Freedom to shop. Freedom to dine out. Freedom to live.

Charlotte R Otto
Travelers Rest, SC

Dear vaccine...

I'd really appreciate it if you would spread your wisdom like Martin Luther King did, as there are people who still choose to not wear masks and don't say 6 feet apart, please allow us to see our friends and families without the stinging pain of Covid-19 spreading


Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please remind us all that we are more alike than not. Whisper to each of us that we love someone, we get scared at thunder or gun shot, we swoon at stars and glittery whatnot. We all love our children’s eyes, wide blue skies, and sweet evening fireflies. Remind us of our shared humanity and reverence for breath. Our lives are short enough, illness and hatred make it rough. Let us laugh, hands held in a circle again. Let us sing. Let the healing begin.

Sherry Richert Belul
San Francisco, CA

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, I guess you figure out I'm overwrought at times when I burst into tears at our encounter, and then come back weeks later for more. They say I may need a third. I can never have enough. When I love, some of that which I love I want inside me: linguine with clam sauce, the tongue of a man. When I love, that which I love lifts me up, then remains in the background to leave me free.

Susana H. Case
New York, NY

Dear vaccine...

Sunny day in CLE Vaccination completed Gratefulness abounds

LeAnn
Akron

We liked / being able...

Things taken for granted- a concert, a holiday, coffee with a friend. Rage and heartbreak when we realized too late. Going backwards, we end up without them again. Going forwards, we learn to adapt, to be safe, to appreciate a concert, a holiday, coffee with a friend, and a hard worked vaccine that took the first step.

Julia Zanella
Medina, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine/ May you travel safely/to the farthest corners of our nation/and the world/to the people who need you most/May we all be generous/ in making that possible

Joan C. Borton
Concord, NH

It's the...

It's a magical elixir made by smart men on high, which proves we are not equal in who lives or who dies . . . it eats the disease in our arms and our eyes, while third world people sit on their stoops and cry / The magical elixir rains down on our heads, here in the first world snug in our beds, while off in the third world people simper and die, because the magical men cannot help them . . . politics comes for them, in their slumber, and strangles their air, for their skin color betrays them since its color is not fair.

Dave S
Nomad, USA

We liked / being able...

See family and friends without a mask And seeing the infectious smiles and being able to hug and kiss them goodbye Or hug and kissing them hello Those times were taken for granted Should I be happy or sad I am living I am breathing So many people were lost during these times Vaccine all I ask is that you help fix Something that was somewhat broken Our people and our hope Thank you if you do

Hannah

We liked / being able...

We liked / being able to embrace / to breathe in skin scents, breaths of coffee, garlic / desperate for sweat scents / we liked breathing less fear / more joy.

S. L. Bryant
Tucson, Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, I’d like to refer to you as Maxine. Thanks for helping me to dream, Maxine.


Washington, DC

Dear vaccine...

Please be patient with us. We are so grateful for your gift but for some the gratitude is harder to find. Do not give up on us but help us see, as Saint-Exupery's Little Prince explained: " it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye". Let everyone's heart be open to your gift.

Camille
Falls Church Virginia

It's the...

It's the bee's knees/second dose please/at the U of A/I came full circle today/was staff and a student/getting vaccinated is prudent/I am as thankful as can be/my alma mater is here for me/to protect me and many others/being responsible because their 'druthers/are to protect themselves/and other people's health/so thank you so much for your dedication/to providing COVID-19 vaccination./

Dawn G. Porfirio-Milton
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

Thank you for giving me peace of mind and the freedom to leave the house

Sharon Strachan
Bisbee Arizona

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine stay away from me until all your Kinks are worked out.

Vanessa
San Diego California

Dear vaccine...

The world has been dying off surely, The disease has got scientists busy, Putting this virus under their microscopes, "/" Hoping to find answers not another obstacles, But since it is onset, it’s mutated, The strand we fight today is only half related, But they refused to rest until they found you, "/" Now, half of the world struggle to queue, So they can get vaccinated, protect their loved ones, Doubt, doubt, doubt , why the doubt? "/" The vaccine is here to make sure the battle is won, To stop this pandemic, to kill off the tension, Vaccine yourself because this is how we fight, "/" We are standing our ground during this plight, Dear Vaccine, you are the only light 💡!

Rhossy Paul
Tucson, Arizona

Dear vaccine...

I hugged my mom today./Hugs from afar, through an invisible prism,/are just not the same./I've been waiting for this portal to open for a good long year,/more than just 365 days,/to get that close to Mom again.

Jan Rader
Kokomo, Indiana and Kent, Ohio

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine Please return to us our sense of normalVaccine please Give us the sound of our friends back And the feeling of excitement when we have a free weekend The packed crowds at a movie opening And visiting family for holidays Please give us back the excitement of travel I miss waiting in a terminal Listening for my seating group to be called And dealing with a long flight on a packed plane Give us back our crowded hallways Or sitting in a lecture hall full of students Vaccine please return us our sense of normal Give us our loved ones back

A.W.A.Y
FL

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to go out in public without fear. Fear. Fear of catching what had my uncle in a coma for months, Scared of the world not returning to what it once was, Before. Before the pandemic, Please, I don’t want to be afraid anymore, I want to live out my life again without Before all this loneliness, Fear. Without fear, Before Covid-19.

Aly
ST.Pete

Dear vaccine...

I wasn't excited about your invitation. You gave me no choice and made me enter a world of black and white, of negative ,gruesome disaster throughout the world. Where every week there is a new speed bump to cross.

Molly
San Diego

Vaccine, please...

if you would be so kind and start helping mankind i might be able to hold someone’s hand without it having to be planned people keep dying from this disease having human interaction could put them on ease just giving someone a hug could cure them of this bug of the feeling of loneliness that presides in lock down so deeply imbedded that we feel we might drown but if you do your best and heal our sick we may be able to get out of this quick so if there’s one thing you could do to truly help us get through it would be to create an action where humans can finally meet and have some interaction

miranda a.
Cape Coral, Florida

Vaccine, please...

if you would be so kind and start helping mankind i might be able to hold someone’s hand without it having to be planned people keep dying from this disease having human interaction could put them on ease just giving someone a hug could cure them of this bug of the feeling of loneliness that presides in lock down so deeply imbedded that we feel we might drown but if you do your best and heal our sick we may be able to get out of this quick so if there’s one thing you could do to truly help us get through it would be to create an action where humans can finally meet and have some interaction

miranda
florida

Dear vaccine...

I miss interacting/ With people/ In real life./ I miss getting out of/ My comfort zone./ I discovered I need/ To be more/ Independent./ I don’t need/ My dad’s money./ I don’t need/ To be with someone/ All the time./ I don’t need/ To make everyone/ happy./ What I need/ Is/ Therapy./

Jaylin D.
Ft. Myers, FL

Dear vaccine...

Vaccine Haiku Vaccine- it’s science Giving us hope for a new life Thank you to science 🧬💕

Tracy
Green Valley Arizona

It's the...

It's the fear of not having enough food, toilet paper too. It's the fear of not knowing what to do. It's the fear of trying to role model for our kids without knowing what to model. It's the fear of bringing the groceries, the mail, the packages inside. It's the fear of hugging our loved ones. The fear became a norm and a sense of comfort in the stability in the day to day. It's the fear if the vaccine will work, will it hurt me, will it hurt my children. It's the fear of not getting the vaccine. It's the fear that life will go back to "normal" when I just got used to the way it was. Fear is no match against love. I love the time I had with my family. I love how we grew our own food. I love how we grew closer. I love how we have a path forward. I love, and will never forget, the resilience we all showed. I feared I wasn't as strong as I am. I love that we are all stronger than I ever believed. I am loved. They are loved. You are loved.

Dr. Jen Yensel

Dear vaccine...

Save us from this pandemic. / Let us feel free. / Let us get to visit friends and family. / Let us have hope... / of escaping this cage.

Kevin
Tucson, AZ

Vaccine, please...

Give us back the life we had before this disaster. Bring back the business that shut down when Covid-19 stroke.

Raamses
San Diego

Dear vaccine...

dear vaccine, please come quick, for we have been waiting for far to long. So many children so many people wait to hear the corona virus has gone. Waiting and waiting for months and for years, but surely you can soon hear our cheers, when you come to our cities, our towns and our states, surely we will all become safe.

Oliver
Arizona

It's the...

It's The enjoyable feeling of being alone, chilling, vibing along to music, and even just making a small fort and declaring it 'your space.' You might find a strangely-structured building that closes in around you, dimming everything, and making it so fun. Why, if we take you, must we go back to normal?

Orion M. Vogiatzis, Age 11 3/4 Circa 2021
Tucson, Arizona

It's the...

Hugs and joy...the movies and dates...the times long forgotten...Please vaccine...bring us back our world...we may not have been angels or saints but we loved our world...so please vaccine...give us a second chance

Kelsie Baker
Tucson, Arizona

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please, restore everyone´s life as it used to be


Dear vaccine...

Thank You for allowing me to be in a room with my children! For allowing me to fondle fresh produce! For allowing me to give fear a rest!

Robin
Tucson

Dear vaccine...

DEAR VACCINE I am watching the nurse,/ lift the small vial of you,/ clear as any cloudless sky./ Because we have the cow/ to thank for your name, dear vaccine,/ I am picturing four or five/ Red Angus in a long-grassed field,/ unfettered as the few good / decisions I have made./ The nurse lifts the syringe,/ then dabs my arm,/ dear vaccine –and there’s/ one cow in particular/ standing by the weather-worn/ post and rail fence, the kind/ that lined the fields of my childhood./ And this bovine’s eyes,/ shine like the pond/ where we’d dunk ourselves/ to ease the sweltering days,/ lying afterwards, side by side/ on the warm granite slab./ Dear vaccine, I’m remembering / one afternoon, when Lila / nearly drowned, and Father dove in, / dove down and pulled her up, / blued but coughing/ and we all cried with the kind of relief/ we’d never felt before./ I watched the nurse, dear vaccine,/ and thanked her, and thanked her, / and thanked her once more.

Sally Bliumis-Dunn
Armonk, New York

We liked / being able...

We liked being able to see people and to be able to see the world./ We wish this could disappear. So we could go back to really living./ We want to be social not anti-social and we want to see family.

Kian B

It's the...

My father had the soft effortlessness of embrace, a pat on the back, a tossel of hair, a hug but my mother? No. Not if she had a choice. I started forcing hugs on her in my 40's. Unkind? Kind? I don't know. It felt like a skill to teach before she left us, before time took her from me forever. (despite her stiffened back.) So when the second dose entered my body and the two-weeks-extra precaution ended ended for us all. I went to see them, to hug my father, smile, fist bump but instead My mother, maskless answered the door and hugged me as the clock of our lives restarted. -Ms. Bergamo

Christine Bergamo
Tucson, AZ

Dear vaccine...

You have me gripping the handles of this wheelchair watching the digital clock... change... numbers...ever... so... slowly..... /Before me - my mother with 86 years behind her and her hope for more slowly... being... taken... away.... / Can you help?

l. woods
Everytown

Dear vaccine...

surprise... out of nowhere... with the springtime there is change... I just didn't expect it to be this... I thought of rain and flowers... seeing friends and being outside... instead alone... indoors...vaccine, I hope you make this better... let me see my grandma... hug her frail body... and be happy... instead of worrying about being too close... i never thought I'd hear that wherever I went... 6 feet a part... social distance... it's so strange how it all can change so fast...i miss taking group pictures... squeezing together into the view of the camera... laughing and knocking each other over...please, let me see my friends faces again...their laughing faces... let us walk freely into town and see smiling faces... not covered by masks... please, let us hold each others hands and share meals together again... let us be together and let us live.

Jaime
Ohio

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please- bring me the smell of grandma's cooking. Vaccine please- fly me back home, 7000 miles away. Vaccine please- 365 days, since I said "see you soon" to my dad. Vaccine please- bring me my lousy aunts and uncles, I don't care. Vaccine please- I miss my family.


Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine... You are bringing back things that seem like memories and making them reality again... From going to restaurants and baseball games to being able to just see friends again without masks... Going downtown and just walking past people on the sidewalk... You are making us feel free again... Thank you vaccine... Thank you even though you didn't come fast enough to save Great-Grandma... It wasn't your fault you took so long... You are fighting against something so powerful and mysterious, yet so small... Something that took away time from my year... Something terrible, but still something that I learned from... I learned how much I liked being with people... But I am done with what it has caused... Thank you vaccine for making us free again.

Sam
Kent, OH

Dear vaccine...

The importance of you, something that cannot be expressed enough. The hope of tomorrow is left within the sharp pain of your needle. Please bring us back to our normal state of enjoyment again.

Cayden F
Ohio

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, restore us to each other... Let the earth spin on its axis once again... Rescue us from this sea in which we are drowning in... Drowning in loss of loved ones, relationships and hope... Bring my head out from under the water, let us breathe again as you let us gasp for air and catch our breath once again. Guide us to land dear vaccine.

Vivian

Dear vaccine...

We didn't appreciate what we had before...Going downtown and meeting a stranger...standing next to one another in line...visiting our family and friends...We took those small things for granted...and have missed them for so long...You have come to restore that normalcy to us...you've come to free us from the motions...and let us breathe the sweet air again.

Delaney Sefchick
Ohio

Dear vaccine...

please save us from this tragic disease please save us all from this

Noe Flores
San Deigo

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, You are the key to getting society back to the “normal” Where we can have sleepovers and go to the games, and not have to stay 6 feet away. I will be able to be with friends and family again, without having to worry about the chance of getting sick. I get to go back to everything I have missed so dearly, Thanks to you.

Marcus

Dear vaccine...

Let us. Let us save the elderly dying in hospital beds. Let us. Let us help the sickened, lying alone, with no one by their side. Let us. Let us break the barriers holding us within our homes. Let us. Let us see our family again, our loved ones, our friends. Let us. Let us see the sunlight, and the beautiful views of our favorite places in the world. Let us go. Let us leave. Let us live.

Caylinn
Kent, Ohio

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please save us from this plague/ I see now how ignorant some could be/ I didn't realize before how widespread it is/ How people can walk around believing the lies spoon-fed to them/ How someone could simply disregard the lives of others/ Bring back that bliss/ When I didn't look into someone's eyes and assume the worst/ When everyone was a good person/ When whole groups of people weren't labelled as good or bad/ Friends or enemies/ Return us to that innocence/ That solitude/


Kent, Ohio

Dear vaccine...

The world has waited on you/ You give hope like the sun peeking out from in between storm clouds/ You promise salvation similar to some kind of messiah/ I found myself conflicted on if it was possible/ Only now after receiving your gift am I truly excited for the world to begin again/ As time crawls forward and March after March passes I will remember you/ I will be forever thankful.

Nate Slocum
Kent, Ohio

We liked / being able...

we liked neighborhood picnics in our backyards, cars lined down the street. Pesto hot on everyone's plates. Kids running around find flags. Until one two week shutdown became a 2 months then half a year then now to where we are now. Gone where those similes and happy faces, replaced by the blanks looks caught in time by the blaze of a screen. Until people trust in you dear vaccine, then the world can begin to become alive again.

Ella H
Kent OH

Dear vaccine...

Dear vaccine, Thank you for the drop of hope your giving to everyone being affected by this virus You are helping us get one step closer to being back to normal Back to seeing my friends and family Back to not wearing a mask Back to feeling free

kent schools
kent ohio

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine, please reach out/to everyone/draw us all back together

Merle Devereux
Tucson, Arizona

Vaccine, please...

Tell the people that there is still hope and that this will be over soon. Save the people from all of this pain and start a new chapter in their life.

Megan Ramirez-Pineda
San Diego

Vaccine, please...

give us hope and save the people who lost hope.

Megan Ramirez-Pineda
San diego

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, you sure took your time...We were dying and suffering for a whole year...while you were leisurely strolling your way into our lives...you stood by and watched us drown in fear and regret...the needle in your hand practically begging to puncture skin...before you had arrived I thought the vaccine being introduced would feel like the pop of a bubble...but it feels more like a pinata...with each swing of the bat, the closer we are to it falling and breaking open...this is the toughest pinata I've ever tried to hit...its seems as though it will never fall...all the set backs and testing, making the cardboard even more dense...making it all the more difficult to get to the sweet candy on the inside...but until the candy of freedom hits my tongue...I'm relying on you, vaccine.

Elizabeth Burroughs

Dear vaccine...

It started in a time of growth/ The flowers only began to bud/ I gave my last bow under the stage light/ 3 weeks, we thought, was all it would take/We cheered and smiled when we were wrong. I'll see you at the end of May./ Welcome back to school no longer a need./ Summer shines it's bright hello./ A pair of sunglasses for me./ A big mask around the world. / I can hardly breathe./ If I cough I'll sure drop down dead./ Taking the world down with me./ So I don't breath./ Fall arrives, its crisp, its cold, and still I don't breathe./ Kayak's, mountains, hello snow./ Winters come to say hello./ I hide inside, all alone, taking the time to breathe./ The balloons rise and suddenly the time has gone by./ Suddenly I'm 15. To young for a vaccine./ My Great Aunt and Uncle say Goodbye. They never got the vaccine./ I do not cry. I can not breathe./ The bell rings it's final goodbye./ And suddenly the flowers began to bud.

Anabelle Yensel
Ohio

Vaccine, please...

Vaccine please bring us back to normalcy/let me see my friends again/ Let my grandparents be safe/Let us walk up any isle in the grocery store/ Let us gather again/ Let us wear no masks/ Let us go out in public without fear/ Vaccine please-

Samantha Gallagher
Kent

Dear vaccine...

Dear Vaccine, may you restore the warmth of embrace to our lives. One small prick and a thick shield can begin to grow in our bodies. Bodies that have yearned for the touch of a grandchild and daughter. Vaccine, please grace us with life even more vivid and brilliant than before. I want to live, vaccine. Not survive. Surviving is a chore so draining, your innermost will to move and grow deteriorates. Rotting in a chrysalis of isolation. We are hanging by a thread, vaccine. But now; oh joy you are here.

Clara MacPherson
Kent, OH

We liked / being able...

Being able to smile at strangers, with more than just our eyes. Being able to share our homes and spend our time with strangers or neighbors. Being able to see the world first hand instead of through a fluorescent reflection. Being able to have home as a refuge instead of a universe. Being able to feel a laugh or a sob or a yawn of someone near.

joanie
kent

Dear vaccine...

Two Roads Diverge: Dear Vaccine Awake or asleep? Which are you? Ray of hope? or A mirage? Which are you? Truth or Lies? Which are you? As the two roads of fate split, which will you follow? Failure or Success? Which will you follow? The one of cold winter Or one of spring So once again I ask you Symbol of hope, which will you follow?

Parsa Khodabandehlou
Ohio, Kent

Dear vaccine...

I've be