Writing Through the Pandemic: Poet E. Ethelbert Miller on What’s Just Beyond His Door

The writer and literary activist speaks to this season that's like no other spring.

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We asked Washington writers to share stories, poems, drafts, musings, and other things they’ve been working on during quarantine. Today, a poem from writer and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller, whose most recent book is If God Invented Baseball.




Please forgive me for forgetting.

I wanted to go outside and look for you.

I was told this was impossible.


I was instructed to stay indoors.

But my words for you need sun.

My heart needs air.


I love you Spring.

I miss your warmth.

Come unlock my door.