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Family group text, COVID style – a found poem in six stanzas

The ephemera of lockdown include shared messages about meals, laundry and, above all, remembering to count the days of the omer
(Leah Bieler)
(Leah Bieler)

Whose stuff is in the dryer?

Who wants to help with groceries?

Could whoever is playing an American singing Pesach music please turn it down?

It’s Idina Mendzel

I don’t care

Lunch!

Dinner!

Count!

* * *

Power out

I am reminding everyone – do not open the fridge or freezer. This has been a public service announcement.

Lunch.

Dinner.

Count.

Cousins are outside if you want to say hi

Count!

Please keep it down

What number was yesterday?

Your parents have escaped for 20 min. Don’t go looking for them

Dinner

Count!

* * *

Whose stuff is in the dryer

??

Food

Count!

Lunch

You guys want to come make your pizzas?

PSA there r 2 dead birds on the porch

Don’t step on them

Wash your feet!

Will the plague end on Lag Ba’Omer?

Two thousand years ago? Yes

None of you are helpful

Count!

* * *

Do not eat any cookies without asking

Does anyone have laundry they want to throw in

I’m doing a load

Whoever put my stuff in the dryer thank you so so much

Neighbors are outside. Is anyone dressed?

Count!

Could everyone please be a little bit quieter?

Dinner!

Abba is resetting the WiFi

Count!

Lunch

Dinner

Count my lovely family.

Why r u being weird?

* * *

Come unload groceries

Reminder – family zoom in half an hour

I’m getting on zoom now

We doing this?

Not working

It worked for me

Dinner

Count

Lunch

Dinner!

Shoot! Count!

* * *

Does anyone need anything from Target before I order?

WHOEVER KEEPS TURNING THE SOUND OFF ON THE MICROWAVE, STOP

Someone locked me out

No Covid!!

Yay!!

That bleach must have done the trick

Haha

Sh

I’m in a meeting

Quiet!!!

Dinner

Count!

About the Author
Leah Bieler has an MA in Talmud and Rabbinics. She teaches Talmud to students of all ages and backgrounds. Leah spends the school year in Massachusetts and summers in Jerusalem with her husband and four children. Sometimes she writes to get a break from them. The children, that is.
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