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by Tallulah Nagae, 8

Tallulah Nagae, 8
Seattle, WA

On a walk deep in the woods
I tell my mom I don't want to
wear masks anymore

The mask feels icky
from the heat of my mouth
that I am breathing

Masks do help you
not get sick but I still
do not like them

Papa and I experiment
decorating my kid masks
with heart stickers

The first day back at school
we forgot to fill out the health
form but I still got in

Entering school felt weird
and exciting seeing only half
of the old and new faces

My teacher wears a face
shield and drinks coffee
steam rises and gets it all foggy

I miss running on the grassy field
without a mask on and breathing
the fresh nature air

I want to be able to see
my friends and family
in person every day

We will be free
of this pandemic soon
if only we all believe

Reader Interactions


  1. Tallulah,

    Beautifully written! Such thoughtful words. I’m sure you’re proud of this as you should be.
    ❤️, Tt

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