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A poem made up of the first lines of emails I’ve received while quarantining

As you know, many people are struggling.

Jan Buchczik for The Washington Post
Jan Buchczik for The Washington Post (Jan Buchczik for The Washington Post)

In these uncertain times

as we navigate the new normal,

are you willing to share your ideas and solutions?

As you know, many people are struggling.

I know you are up against it:

the digital landscape.

We share your concerns.

As you know, many people are struggling.

We hope this note finds you and your family safe.

We’ve never seen anything like this before.

Here are 25 Distance Learning Tips!

As you know, many people are struggling.

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Calories don’t count during a pandemic.

Grocers report flour shortages as more people are baking than ever!

As you know, many people are struggling.

Count your blessings. Share your blessings.

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Chicken! Lemon! Artichokes!

As you know, many people are struggling.

How are you inspiring greatness today?

We have a cure for your cabin fever.

Pandemic dial-in town hall TONIGHT!

As you know, many people are struggling.

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You’re invited to shop all jeans for 50% off!

Yes, buy 1, get 1 free!

As you know, many people are struggling.

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Now shipping facemasks as recommended by the CDC.

As you know, many people are struggling.

This is not normal.

Take a deep breath in. Let it out.

During these challenging times, we’re here for you.

As you know, many people are struggling.

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