Run Away

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Socorro Nunez

Socorro Nunez is an ESL student at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Socorro Nunez, Special to The Oak Leaf

I have never been in jail, but that’s how I feel with the coronavirus pandemic

I feel like I’m in jail and I can’t find my safe place

I want to run away

I want my normal life again

I can feel the emotion come over me when I think of before

When I would get up in the morning and start my day

When I would step outside and see my friends at school

Now, my days are boring with long endless nights

I no longer sleep

or eat

I worry about getting the coronavirus

I want to run away

I want my normal life again

When I was free with my family by my side

My children won’t even enter my house

Let alone give me hugs

When we were safe from the pandemic

When we were happy and at peace

Now, our lives are upside down and uncomfortable

You can’t see people’s expressions behind a mask

I want to run away

I want my normal life again

When I enjoyed my shopping trips and

felt safe without wearing a mask

When I wasn’t scared to be outside

or close to people

When I didn’t feel like running away