May 14, 2020

The Masks

By Tim

Some fun with a familiar story about a day to come. And a nod to Dr. Seuss

Now, the Masked-Face Sneetches
Had faces with Masks
That covered their mouths and their nose.
The Plain-Face Sneetches
Had none upon thars.

Those Masks weren’t so big. They were really so small
You might think such a thing wouldn’t matter at all.
But, because they had Masks, all the Masked-Face Sneetches
Would brag, “We’re the best kind of Sneetch on the Beaches.”
With their snoots in the air, they would sniff and they’d snort.

“We’ll have nothing to do with the Plain-Face sort!”
And whenever they met some, when they were out walking,
They’d hike right on past them without even talking.
When the Masked-Face children went out to play ball,
Could a Plain Face get in the game… ? Not at all.
You only could play if your faces had Masks.
And the Plain Face children had none upon thars.

Then one day a question was asked “Why no Face Mask upon your head?”
One replied “I already had it and can’t spread it as the CDC said.”
Others replied “I saw on TV leaders and gatherings where no one heeded”.
And, then one day the CDC announced “Face Masks are no longer needed”,
It could be due to a vaccine to stop COVID-19 from spreading,
or it could be from people learning the virus is no longer upsetting.

But, I’m quite happy to say, although it took some time
That the Sneetches got quite smart after such a paradigm,
The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches
And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.
That day, all the Sneetches forgot about Masks
And whether they had one, or not, upon thars.

And no one is quite sure just how the future will shape.
The government will continue on with policy and red tape.
The news media will find something else to report
And fake news or not will get harder to sort.
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