Chronicling the Days – Mary Thaler

In April 2020, we invited writers in Quebec to submit a story of a single day during the strange, uneasy time of coronavirus and pandemic, of social distancing and self isolation, of lockdown and quarantine.

We’re thrilled to announce that these stories have been gathered in Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic (Guernica Press). To learn more and buy the book, please visit

Please also join us on the QWF FB Community page, and let the authors know if their words resonated.

This piece is by Mary Thaler, writing in March 2020.

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20 March

A bad day is when

In the minutes after waking

In the minutes that come after the waking minutes

When you’re awake, and you see all the minutes that are coming

A day full of minutes, a river of sand

Each one a parched universe

Fluttering wisps of appointments, lists, and poor decisions

And all of them empty

To read the rest of the story, please support our community and check out Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic

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