Chronicling the Days – Roksana Bahramitash

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 Roksana Bahramitash, writing in April 2020.

Rumi: Creative Commons

Solitude has not been a Sorrowtude

“ Don’t feel lonely

The entire universe is inside you.”


I lived part of my life in a culture where the passage of a loved one would call for forty days of morning. And now in the midst of a global pandemic, I am well into my fourth week of self-isolation. Sad as it has been to witness the loss of many lives and the possibility of losing one’s own, a sense of surrender, content, inspiration and perhaps even euphoria has been surfacing. And I was not sure why?

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