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Poetry in a Pandemic: New Year’s hope

It’s been a year to remember

That we all have each other

As we all fight together for this

world to be better

We wear our masks and wait

for loved ones’ letters

Hoping they are safe

and secure at home

Some of us are on the frontlines

While some of us had to stay inside

waiting for when this will pass us by

Sadly too many people have died

While we wait for vaccines

We all must remember what we’ve heard and seen

It’s been a year to remember

Here’s to a better 2021!

Alyssa Daily, a room service ambassador at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, lives in New London with her fiance and cat. “I was inspired to write a poem about the pandemic after I read one in the New London Times called ‘In the absence’ by Maria Foti,” she said. “I have been enjoying reading the New London Times since we moved here from New York almost two years ago.”

The Times is offering local readers a chance to share their poetry written during or related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. To contribute, email


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