Forgive Me


Forgive me for seeing you as a threat

For disappearing into my isolation and not worrying enough about you

For being so happy to get out of my house that I didn’t put your safety first

For not initially taking this pandemic as seriously as I should have.

Forgive me for keeping more sanitizer and toilet paper on hand than I immediately need

For being judgmental about your level of risk tolerance

For not appreciating enough this time home with family

For my short patience and long stories.

Forgive me for not keeping up with you personally when I cut off my Facebook and Instagram

For not speaking out when I feared criticism

For losing my voice in contentious times

For not leaving my comfort zone to help more.

Forgive me for not being able to look beyond survival

For sinking into pessimism about pandemic and politics

For losing hope instead of helping and fighting.

And forgive my complaining about all the cleaning.


Wishing you an easy fast, and a safe, healthy and sane new year.

About the Author
Judi Zirin is an attorney and freelance writer in the New York area.
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