It’s been a year of pandemic life. My family is still quarantining, masking, social distancing, virtual learning. Today is the last day of our Spring Break, and we’re exactly where we were this time last year.

But I get to make an appointment for a vaccine tomorrow morning, so maybe things are starting to look up!

In the meantime, today is World Poetry Day, so here’s a poem I just wrote.

I Play, Cos

slip into the wig, the clothes, a new soul

play pretend and life takes on a

new trajectory

no longer me on the outside (but those

who know best see underneath the layers of satin

and sarcasm)

for a day, an hour, a minute become

the onscreen powerhouse

love interest



who would I have been if I had always been this


strip off the clothes

strip off the soul

real life stakes its claim

a piece still clings, though

it was always me from the start

Copyright (c) Amanda Cook 2021

Happy World Poetry Day, and thanks for reading!

A. Cook

Amanda Cook is a writer and stay at home mom who lives in a southern Indiana woods with her spouse, kids, and one clingy dog. In the Before Times (and sometimes even now), she could/can be found helping out with her kids' school, catching up on her toppling TBR pile, playing games with her friends, hanging out at virtual conventions, crying over period dramas, or sewing yet another cosplay. Her second novel, "When We Were Forgotten," was the winner of the 2018 Bronze Medal for Best Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book from the Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Awards. She writes short speculative fiction and poetry that can be found at various markets and here on her blog.

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