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THE PENDULUM: QUARANTINED

As the editorial staff this year, we struggled at first with our content amidst a pandemic. We wanted to address what was going on in our world, but at the same time didn't want all the hard work created earlier in the year to be thrown away. We decided to create a unique section, one dedicated to the unique situation which we find ourselves in.

 

THE ONLY THING TO DO

Grace McKessey

Let’s go on a family walk 

The third one of the day 

Time to get some fresh air 

Someone bring the dog 


The third one of the day

Come on! It will be fun!

Someone bring the dog

Don’t roll your eyes 


Come on! It will be fun!

You need exercise 

Don’t roll your eyes 

Put your sneakers on 


Let’s go on a family walk 

Time to get some fresh air 

You need exercise 

Put your sneakers on

 
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During Quarantine. . .

I’ve become an expert on the hiking trails of Connecticut.  Ragged Mountain, Mirror Lake, Mount Higby.  And I’m not alone.  Indeed, it seems that half the state is out schlepping along on trails on the weekends -- with dogs, with kids, with grandma.  Parking is tough.  But it beats hanging around inside watching Netflix in my underwear. 

(Image: Peter Gutstein - School Crossing)

 
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I've Become an Expert in. . .

  • Waking up the exact minute class starts and not listening to a single word (except for AP lit, of course)

  • Burning my finger in a Marie Callender's mini chicken pot pie.

  • Wasting 3 hours lying on my floor even though I have 3 late history assignments and all of my grades are currently in a free fall.

(Drawing by Moli Ma)

 
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HOW UNFORTUNATE

Lily Tencic

For most of this year I dreamed of a picnic in the spring

Maybe we’d get out of the car during our lunch break for a change

It’s a shame all I can do now is practice making the food I’d bring

It’s hopeless now but I hope you don’t find the idea too strange


Maybe we’d get out of the car during our lunch break for a change

We could have sat under a blooming cherry tree this week

It’s hopeless now but I hope you don’t find the idea too strange

It’s unfortunate how much our daily life has changed


We could have sat under a blooming cherry tree this week

That’s better than listening to the news go on about unemployment and ill fate

It’s unfortunate how much our daily life has changed

Now all people can do is wait in miles long food bank lines and hope they’re not too late


For most of this year I dreamed of a picnic in the spring

It’s a shame all I can do now is practice making the food I’d bring

That’s better than listening to the news go on about unemployment and ill fate

Now all people can do is wait in miles long food bank lines and hope they’re not too late

(Art by Alex Staikos)

 
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A DAY IN MY LIFE IN QUARANTINE

By Paige Berta

(Art by Moli Ma)

 

Quarantine Blues - Maddie Fredericks

I have not left the house in twenty days
My friends and I miss being face to face
“Six feet apart” they say to stay always
But we know why this distance must take place
I’ve already cleaned out my closet twice  
My antsy brother tried to help me cook
Binge watching shows on Netflix must suffice
I should probably learn to read a book   
These past few weeks have flipped the world around
Shoutout to the nurses, doctors, and more  
Grocers and pharmacists should be crowned  
And others we need to fight this strange war
We’re all ready for this to be finished  
Hurry up Corona be diminished

(Drawing by Alex Staikos)

 

©2020 The Pendulum: Edition N°30