This appeared first as a "Dear social media family" post Friday afternoon from a Detroit poet, producer and founder of Black Women Rock. Her latest book, "We Want Our Bodies Back," was published in March.
By jessica Care moore
I want to just say this publicly as a person who knows a lot of people and a lot of people "know" me and I don't know them well.
I have been invited to several gatherings this weekend. I am not ready.
I have a bit of anxiety that will go away in time, I am sure. I have elderly family members I have to consider who need to be protected.
I don't do hugs (sorry) or handshakes. I do masks.
I take Covid-19 seriously, regardless of all the conspiracies of how it got here or who it is attacking the most.
If you don't have a mask, don't come for a hug. (Please)
I have a small group of people who I know have been tested and practice strict social distancing that I have been around, while still remaining safe. If you aren't in that group, it's not that I don't love you. It's just where we are in the world at this moment.
I have lost too many friends and [members of my] artist family. I have close friends who have lost parents, grandparents, siblings.
I miss all of you, and I miss the energy of audience soooo much! I want to see all of you soon -- healthy and vibrant.
Be patient with your loved ones. Everybody doesn't think we can just pray it away or sage it away.
With the L-O- V- E from a cool distance,