I Guess I Am Bitter

Word of he Day Challenge: Vaccine

Oskar Kokoschka – Knight, Death and Angel I, 1910.


when our state shut down

I was deemed

a non-essential worker and laid off work.


“Lucky you!” Said some people. They actually said that.

“Now you get a government paid vacation.”

I didn’t feel lucky.

It wasn’t a vacation and I had to beg for my benefits every Sunday night.


Then the vaccine was rolled out

and again I was deemed non-essential- back of the line for me

and  I stopped looking at my news feed on FB

because Essential people wouldn’t shut the hell up about their shots.


You were deemed essential

you got to keep your job

you were essential so you got your vaccine,  you were safe and protected

I got a cloth mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer. Didn’t you see that happening?


And then as the fourth wave hits

I got my shots and my job back but this is what I know:

I didn’t end up in the hospital but a lot of people did.

They were essential. We just were not essential enough.

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