When Next (If Ever) We Meet

My cousin Kirk’s trip to Mexico to visit me prior to Christmas has been cancelled thanks to the surge in deaths caused by the new Covid strain, and I want to thank all you non-maskers who made this disappointment possible. This poem is to him. It is a promise of what is to come, I hope, in the not-too-far-future!


When Next (If Ever) We Meet

It will be a holiday way beyond describing—
talking and exploring and swimming and imbibing.

There’ll be a palisade of nachos that we’ll have to scale,
but no turnips and no liver, no spinach and no kale!

We’ll be kids again and do everything we crave—
no need to mind anyone and no need to behave.

No duties to attend to or tasks that escalate,
no pesky obligations that secretly we hate.

When we finally get together, fun will be our only task.
There’s just one rule to follow—we gotta wear a mask!!!


The prompts for this poem were: palisade, imbibe, crave, escalate and hate.

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

30 thoughts on “When Next (If Ever) We Meet

  1. slmret

    Oh, Judy — I’m so sorry to hear of this disappointment — I know how it feels, having had to cancel last year’s Christmas/Birthday/New Year’s trip for the same reason, before I even knew what this year had in store for me! I hope your cousin’s visit will be able to happen sooner rather than later!


      1. Mason Bushell

        The way I see it is that hospital staff wear full PPE and still get sick. Which means the virus takes hold with or without masks. It can clearly land on your skin and get in that way. That said the tests are useless even a couple drops of lemon juice will give a positive reaction. so the figures are pure guess work.


        1. lifelessons Post author

          Look at the stats of percentage of usage and numbers of cases state by state. Look at who is saying what, Mason. Balance wearing a mask against possibly infecting someone you love or even a stranger. Look at the other decisions of those who support not wearing a mask.

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  2. bushboy

    That’s so not fair but hey it’s what people are doing to ruin everyday life for everyone else. The line “There’ll be a palisade of nachos that we’ll have to scale” invokes such scene that I wish to be there.
    Thanks for joining in Judy 🙂 🙂

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      1. bushboy

        Maybe out here but started life as a city boy with the tastes of the world available. When here in the bush, a favourite meal for my girls was my special nachos, home made tomato dressing, refried beans, corn chips and cheese. Used to be a regular at the Mexican restaurant in a suburb I used to visit so know all the anglicised dishes 🙂


  3. SueW

    One problem emerging in Europe is the lateness in providing booster vaccinations coupled with. the waning of protection from the original vaccination. This has led to a new surge of infections – the worry is that it will spread across to the U.K. just like it did in 2020. I just wish they’d shut the borders.
    There are so many possible variants that the vaccine makers are attempting to keep up with – new variants could kick off anytime any place.

    You are so right, to stop the spread of this disease we need to continue with mask wearing, hand washing and definitely social distancing. But until people carry out these rules with all their friends and not just strangers, the virus will continue to do its worst.

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  4. Martha Kennedy

    Yep. I do not understand why it is so difficult even just to operate on the possibility that we could help others NOT get sick. I hope next year is better still and you can finally get together. It is millions of whimpers.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      A large part of our population has just turned spoiled and insensitive, Martha. Breaks my heart. Especially the ones who call themselves “good” Christians. The ones who really are good Christians don’t need to tell us they are. They show it.

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      1. Martha Kennedy

        It’s that bit about the Pharisees praying in public… BUT they are getting some kind of perverse pay-off from this and I don’t get it at all. I had a small epiphany a week or so ago and realized I don’t have to get it. I just have to live my life and not let it shove me into a place I don’t want to go spiritually, mentally, emotionally.



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