Marc-Joelitza Montgomery is a writer and Year-2 student at BHSEC Cleveland. She is the recipient of the Literature of the Americas Award in the Spring of 2018. As well as the recipient of the World Literature Award in both the Fall and Spring semester of 2018-2019.

How hard can it really be?
I beg on my knees,
Asking you and begging you to please keep it on.

Numbers are rising
People are dying
Children are crying
Times are trying

“Well I can’t breathe”
Well neither can they,
Tubes and ventilators.
You have it the easy way.

“It’s not even real”
Tell me that’s not how you feel.

A belief brittle as chalk
Let’s take a walk,
See the sick one’s struggle as they intake their last meals.
Again, tell me, is that how you really feel?

Dive into the ocean of humility
Selfish souls all around
Ignorance at it’s finest
No caring bone can be found

“I’m tired of this”
And so am I.

But we wear these for protection.
Trying to stop the spread of infection.
Life moving in a new direction.
Praying for the dead to gain resurrection.

With all respect,
Please, wear a mask.

A letter to humanity,
Your ignorance kills.