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Open Mic: Hope by Millie Jeske


Roads empty of cars.


Don’t touch anyone.


Stay away fourteen days.


Don’t infect anyone.


Loved ones disappear.


Don’t cough or sneeze.


Curve is flattening.


Loved ones return.


Life comes back.


Parties every fourteen days.


Embraces everywhere.


Roads full of cars.


Meet the Author

How old are you?
I am seventeen years old.

Where do you live?
I live in Tyler, Texas, a city about two hours away from Dallas.

What classes are you taking with TPS?
I am taking Spanish Two with the awesome Señor Poortenga and U.S. Government & Economics with Mr. Mailand.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I love being able to express myself in words, and I really enjoy doing that in a creative way. I don’t always enjoy writing when its something that I have to do, but when I get to do it on my own time and in my own style, I enjoy it immensely!

Some fun facts:
I love reading, and generally I stay up way too late reading books like Anne of Green Gables.
I have three cats, one dog, and a fish.


  1. Wow! This is incredible, and totally sums up all of our mixed-up COVID feelings.

  2. Yes, i agree with Lilwen! Gj Millie!

  3. this is great! love the poem soo much

  4. This is really expressive. Thank you!

  5. Your writing is sooooo beautiful!!!!!
    Awesome job!!!

  6. Emmeline Arehart

    This is beautiful. Thank you, Millie. I especially love the line about parties every fourteen days. What a joyous picture of freedom and celebration after all of this!

  7. Good job, Millie!!! 🙂 I like that you ended this with relief, hope and joy – sometimes it can almost feel like the quarantine is going to go on FOREVER. xD It won’t though – it will end sometime, and then we will be able to go back to some semblance of our usual, normal activities. 🙂 And we will appreciate the ability to do so even more than we did before, because we will remember what it was like to not be able to. 😄

  8. This is beautiful Millie. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wow GREAT JOB this is amazing!