all, in masks, and the boy, in thunderbird-pokemon pants
asks mom, how come?
the question lasts and the sign on the storefront, splashed
the one next door is a grocery store.
all, in masks, we non-essentials go--
man the lines, designed for essential finds
that non-essential members
unable to grasp
the hands of those all, in masks, whose presence
is the non-essential necessity
that makes the essential things necessities
C.J. Williams is a storyteller. She forms connections, builds relationships, and weaves stories as a freelance writer, a creative consultant and director for small films and studios, and as the editor for her literary journal, "Shiki's Strings and Small Things". She also occasionally writes blogs about celiac disease and traveling at "Tumbling Gluten-Free," and on "Get It Writ."