Chronicling the Days – Carolynn Rafman

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

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This piece is by Carolynn Rafman, writing April 5, 2020.

Notre Dame de Sept Douleurs, Montreal

Haibun. A boy.

My daughter parks in the empty lot. The big puppy leaps forward onto Thomas wagging her tail. He laughs Hi Nana Banana! No hugging. No kissing cheeks. He hops onto his small bicycle, fastens his helmet and speeds off to the water’s edge, suited up in neoprene, immune to the drizzle.

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